[Xymon] server-side message pre-processor?

John Thurston john.thurston at alaska.gov
Tue Nov 3 01:59:43 CET 2015

Is there a mechanism through which I can dump certain host+test 
combinations to /dev/null ?

By way of example, let's hypothetically say I had a set of hosts whose 
owner steadfastly refused to clean up their data streams. They might be 
sending thousands of garbage test results to my server. The xymon server 
might be defined to not propagate the test results to the non-green 
screen, and there may be no alerts defined for the host+test 
combinations. But the xymon server is still passing thousands of garbage 
messages through its parsing, evaluating, graphing, and alerting 
handlers. Xymongen is still including these ignored messages in the list 
of "events received" at the bottom of the non-green page.

It would be cool if there were a way to create a flush-list for which:
    This host+test message combination will always be flushed.
    It will never get past the parsing handler.
    It won't be recorded.
    It wont be reported.
    It will not pass "go".
    It will not collect $200.
    It will just disappear.

Alternatively, the ability to prevent a host+test combination appearing 
on the "events received int the past x minutes" portion of the non-green 
page would be a big help. In the hypothetical situation outlined above, 
the thousands of messages from those hosts would push every other 
meaningful message off the bottom of that list of events.

    Do things because you should, not just because you can.

John Thurston    907-465-8591
John.Thurston at alaska.gov
Enterprise Technology Services
Department of Administration
State of Alaska

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