Testing Hobbit alerts

Ward, Martin Martin.Ward at colt.net
Tue Jun 24 17:22:05 CEST 2008

Hi all,

I am looking in to setting up Hobbit alerts but I am having problems
verifying and testing the configs.

In my hobbit-alerts.cfg file I have the following entry:
     MAIL martin.ward at colt.net

Also, in my hobbitserver.cfg I have this:
MAILC="/bin/mailx"                           # Command used to send an
e-mail with no subject
MAIL="$MAILC -s"                                # Command used to send
an e-mail with a subject

So the theory goes that when an alert occurs the /bin/mailx command is
executed with various different parameters.

The problem is, when I try and test it I get the following:

hobbit at hbt0:/opt/hobbit/server/etc>hobbitd_alert --test
tac0.lon.ws.colt.net proc             
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 send_alert tac0.lon.ws.colt.net:proc state
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 Matching host:service:page
'tac0.lon.ws.colt.net:proc:Netops' against rule line 128
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 *** Match with 'HOST=tac0.lon.ws.colt.net'
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 Matching host:service:page
'tac0.lon.ws.colt.net:proc:Netops' against rule line 128
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 *** Match with 'HOST=tac0.lon.ws.colt.net'
00000935 2008-06-24 15:19:56 Mail alert with command '/var/mail/hobbit
"Hobbit [12345] tac0.lon.ws.colt.net:proc CRITICAL (RED)"
martin.ward at colt.net'

As you can see the mail alert command is completely wrong. Running this
command under different user IDs simply changes the user ID in the
"/var/mail/..." text above. I can't get Hobbit to actually run the mailx

Any suggestions as to what I  am missing?

Martin Ward
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