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Monitoring gluster with nagios

There’s little info on the web about how to monitor a glusterfs brick with nagios (or any other tool). There is a hint of a gluster utility script – http://www.mail-archive.com/gluster-devel@nongnu.org/msg06928.html – but it’s not available in the source package.

It also needed some updates to make it suitable for nagios. I hope the gluster devs take my version of the script, along with these instructions, and add them to the main gluster source…

These instructions are for a default nagios3 installation on  ubuntu karmic with gluster 3.0.3 compiled from source so you may need to edit this for your site.

Download this script (glfs-health.sh) and store it somewhere useful:

wget http://www.sirgroane.net/downloads/glfs-health.sh --output-document=/usr/local/bin/glfs-health.sh
chmod u+x /usr/local/bin/glfs-health.sh

Assuming a simple TCP gluster install we can set up a nagios command like this:

echo '
define command{
         command_name    check_gluster
         command_line    sudo  /usr/local/bin/glfs-health.sh  $HOSTADDRESS$ 6996 tcp $ARG1$
' >> /etc/nagios-plugins/config/gluster.cfg

Notice the “sudo” in the command? This is because glfs-health.sh has to run as root. To enable this we have to add a line to /etc/sudoers:

echo "nagios  ALL=(ALL)  NOPASSWD: /usr/local/bin/glfs-health.sh" >> /etc/sudoers

Now you can construct a nagios service to monitor the bricks. For example: you’ve created a nagios hostgroup “gluster-bricks” with all the bricks in and they all export a volume “export_data”:

define service {
        hostgroup_name                  gluster-bricks
        service_description             Glusterfsd
        check_command                   check_gluster!export_data
        use                             generic-service
        notification_interval           0

Restart nagios and you’re done.


  • Things have changed since this was written. The Gluster port to use would no longer be 6996. Probably more like 24010 or something.

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