[hobbit] Multiple hobbit (bbproxy and bb server) queries

James j.sansford at ntlworld.com
Tue Jul 7 22:31:37 CEST 2009

Hi Ralph,

I'm using 4.2.3 - this is for a production area so I'm weary to try out betas currently, we need stability. I've configured bbproxy as a service on Solaris so it can bring itself back, but it will just crash again so I think we might miss quite a few messages..which links into my second point -> I was trying to find a way of configuring things such as conn, cpu etc to have a faster purple time and to alert for it. I've found the lifetime option but this as far as I can see is for custom stuff - not sure how to set it up for tests such as conn, ssh, cpu etc?

I'll try out your script tomorrow and have a play - as it currently stands if a bbserver dies for whatever reason (and therefore a bbproxy) it can look for up to half an hour like many things are "green" when they arn't infact being updated.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ralph Mitchell 
  To: hobbit at hswn.dk 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 6:31 PM
  Subject: Re: [hobbit] Multiple hobbit (bbproxy and bb server) queries

  What version of hobbit/xymon are you running??  I used to have a problem like that with 4.2.  No bbproxy involved there, just several hobbit servers.  If one of them was down, the server/bin/bb command would hang trying to talk to it.  It should have either failed to make the connect or timed out, but it didn't.  Anyway...

  You could set up a simple heartbeat script, a bit like this:


       $BB $BBDISP "status+2 bbproxyname.panicnow `date`
          If this is purple, a bbproxy died."

  Set that up to launch every minute.  The message has a lifetime of 2 minutes, so it'll go purple about 3 minutes after the bbproxy hangs up or dies.  You might want to pick a different column name.  :)

  Ralph Mitchell

  On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 8:40 AM, <j.sansford at ntlworld.com> wrote:

    Hi guys,

    You may remember my questions from last week. Thanks again for these. I have now implemented it however I have a few questions (and possibly bugs?). I will first start by describing the setup. To keep things simple I'll call each hobbit server IP as either "A" "B" or "C" depending on the data centre.

    Data centre 1:
    bbproxy and bbserver (running on same box, A). bbproxy configured to send to B,C,A. bbserver configured to talk to A,B,C in hobbitserver.cfg.

    Data centre 2:
    bbproxy and bbserver (running on same box, B). bbproxy configured to send to C,A,B. bbserver configured to talk to B,C,A in hobbitserver.cfg.

    Data centre 3:
    bbproxy and bbserver (running on same box, C). bbproxy configured to send to A,B,C. bbserver configured to talk to C,A,B in hobbitserver.cfg.

    Firstly, everything looks good. However, if I am to stop bbserver at A (but keep bbproxy running at A) then shortly afterwards bbproxy at A will start crashing. I've tried changing the order of --bbdisplays and it seems like the bbproxy will crash if the last bbdisplay IP has been shutdown/not available. Is this known, or is there a workaround?

    To explain this better - Lets say bbproxy at site B is configured as --bbdisplays=B,C,A. If I kill the xymon server at site A then this proxy will crash shortly afterwards. Note I'm on x86 Solaris.

    My other question is this - currently if a proxy crashes and the other 2 xymon servers do not receive updates, most tests continue to stay green. I'm sure I've seen a configuration option but I can't seem to find it - can I configure these tests to go purple if they don't receive an update within the next 5-10 minutes? They've only just gone purple after 30 minutes, but we really need to know within 5 minutes if we haven't received a valid update.

    Many thanks,

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