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Re: [monit] Problem with monit starting one of my scripts

From: Martin Pala
Subject: Re: [monit] Problem with monit starting one of my scripts
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 22:15:01 +0200
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This is most probably caused by missing environment variable. Monit sets spartan environment/sandbox when starting services.

Here is FAQ item regarding short description from FAQ (

6. Q: I'm having trouble getting monit to execute any "start" or
      "stop" program commands.  The log file says that they're being
      executed, and I can't find anything wrong when I run monit in
      verbose mode.

   A: Monit did start the program but for some reason the service dies
      later. Before we go on and introduce you to the fine art of
      system debugging, it's worth to note that:

      For security reasons monit purges the environment and only set a
      spartan PATH variable that contains /bin, /usr/bin, /sbin and
      /usr/sbin. If your program or script dies, the reason could be
      that it expects certain environment variables or to find certain
      programs via the PATH. If this is the case you should set the
      environment variables you need directly in the start or stop
      script called by monit.

It's possible that your scripts need some environment variable which is missing ... simply add everything what is needed to your scripts.


Stephen Adams wrote:

I'm trying to get an application called JIRA to be monitored by monit.

I've created a /etc/init.d/jira script and also created a /etc/monit.d/jira file which I've shown below

check process jira with pidfile /var/run/jira/
group tomcat
start program "/etc/init.d/jira-start"
#start program "/etc/init.d/jira start"
stop program "/etc/init.d/jira-stop"
#stop program "/etc/init.d/jira stop"
if failed host port 8085 protocol http
       and request "/jira/"
       then restart
if 5 restarts within 5 cycles then timeout

The problem I have is I can't get monit to successfully restart JIRA if I use the command "/etc/init.d/jira start"

but if I write a script called /etc/init.d/jira-start

/etc/init.d/jira start

and use that inside monit it works?!?

It's almost as if monit is truncating my start program directive when it hits the first space.

Does anyone have any ideas here?


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