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[monit] using monit with fail2ban

From: Charles Mangin
Subject: [monit] using monit with fail2ban
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:55:58 -0400

i'm trying to keep fail2ban ( monitored on my fedora server.

i've tried using a config like this:

check process fail2ban with pidfile /var/run/
  start program = "/etc/init.d/fail2ban start"
  stop  program = "/etc/init.d/fail2ban stop"
  if failed unixsocket /var/run/fail2ban/fail2ban.sock then restart
  if 5 restarts within 5 cycles then timeout

the problem i'm having is that there is no process called "fail2ban" to monitor. the process that fail2ban starts up under looks like this:

ps ax | grep fail2ban
20099 ? Sl 0:31 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/fail2ban-server -b -s /var/run/fail2ban/fail2ban.sock -x

and my logs show this:

Sep  7 12:30:25 foo monit[24122]: 'fail2ban' process is not running

Sep  7 12:34:26 foo monit[24122]: 'fail2ban' trying to restart
Sep  7 12:34:26 foo monit[24122]: 'fail2ban' start: /etc/init.d/fail2ban
Sep  7 12:34:26 foo monit[24122]: 'fail2ban' failed to start

aha, i thought. it might be that i need to "check process fail2ban- server". but that didn't work, neither did "check process python" and i get an error checking on the process "/usr/bin/python" that processes shouldn't start with /

is there something in the docs that i'm missing? is there a way to check just that there's a process identified by the pid in the .pid file?

  charles mangin | Alpha Geek and Chief Mental Hygienist

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