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Given the need to keep tabs on atleast three web sites, my simple scripts for handling a single site were no longer sufficient, so installed Nagios on my Linux box.
Fedora FC5 was the system, and getting the Nagios bits was pretty easy - use yum to install the following packages:
Nagios is a pretty complex package to install, at least based on all the writeups on the web, so I made a short detour to try to install and use Zabbix. That is certainly easier to get up and running, but I am not too comfortable with UI management screens, and got stuck for too long on the configuring part - add to this the incorrect use of MBytes instead of GBytes in the disk space rows, I went back to trying to get Nagios configured.
Nagios is not too bad - in fact, for anyone comfortable with editing text config files, it is downright easy.
Within a few hours, I had all config files set right, and email notifications working.
Mainly followed the documentation that came with Nagios, and on Fedora, using the pre-packaged yum kits, here are the additional things I had to do:
$USER1$/check_http -w 10 -c 20 -e "HTTP/1." -H $HOSTADDRESS$
Everything is all set, and working well. Great package.
Next step is to figure out how to execute remote secure-shell ssh commands - there may be some conditions where the remote box is accessible, but will need to be rebooted to fix some other issue.