Setting up NRPE daemon

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Source code:

To install, add the edge testing repository(for 1.9. If using 1.10, then main 1.10 repo has nrpe), then run:

apk add nrpe

Set up config file to bind to local IP, only allow needed hosts to connect (in our case, our redundant Nagios servers). Add a definition for a check command to /etc/nrpe.cfg, for example:


Create the above script, and populate:

## Script to check whether routes to branches are being received properly
NUMROUTES=`ip route | grep -n  | awk -F ':' '{print $1}' | tail -n 1`
if [[ $NUMROUTES > 80 ]];
then echo "OK: $NUMROUTES routes in routing table" && exit 0;
elif [[ $NUMROUTES < 80 ]] && [[ $NUMROUTES > 15 ]];
then echo "WARNING: $NUMROUTES routes in routing table" && exit 1;
elif $NUMROUTES = "" ;
then echo "WARNING: No routing information received" && exit 1;
else echo "CRITICAL: $NUMROUTES routes in routing table" && exit 2;

Restart NRPE. Allow port 5666 through Shorewall (in /etc/shorewall/rules) through to monitoring hosts. On the monitoring host, run the following command to test:

root#/usr/local/nagios/libexec/check_nrpe -H -p 5666 -c check_routes

You should get output like:

OK: 173 routes in routing table

If you are having trouble, enable debugging in /etc/nrpe.cfg, and check /var/log/messages for errors. Most likely error(s) has to do with permissions of what you are trying to execute.