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Re: Is it possible to temporarily time out?

From: Callum Macdonald
Subject: Re: Is it possible to temporarily time out?
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:21:36 +0700

Interesting, I didn't think the exec timeout worked like that.

I guess it would be an option, although it doesn't do exactly what I
want. In some failure scenarios, I can imagine I would want apache
restarted many times in a short period, but if that's not working, then
at some point I want to pause for a while, 15 minutes maybe, then maybe
an hour. But a timeout or unmonitor action is permanent, it never gets
reverted, and the monit email looks just like the rest, so it doesn't
communicate importance...

The timeout option is an interesting idea, thanks for sharing. I'll muse
on that somewhat before I take any further action.

I'll try to remember to post back on the list if I do settle on a

Cheers - Callum.

On Fri, 2013-01-25 at 02:42 -0800, Michael Johnson - MJ wrote:
> I don't know of a way to do eactly what you are asking, but I have
> suggestion that might be suitable for your situation.  You could
> simply delay attempts between restarts to make it never try to restart
> once every 15 minutes.  To do this, you would simply add 'with timeout
> 900' to the end of your 'restart = /etc/init.d/apache2' line (or what
> every your restart line is.  This will cause apache to still get
> checked every cycle, but never try to restart more than once every 15
> minutes.
> Like I said, it's not exactly what you were asking for, but it seems
> like it might serve your purpose.
> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:14 AM, Callum Macdonald
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>         We had a network outage on one of our servers this week. The
>         result was
>         that when monit tried it's usual HTTP check to the server's
>         IP, the
>         check failed. Monit then tried to restart apache, but the
>         check still
>         failed. Monit tried a few times and then hit the timeout wall.
>         We have a
>         "if X restarts in X checks, timeout" rule.
>         I'm realising it's probably a bad thing to be constantly
>         restarting
>         apache, but also probably worse to timeout on a production
>         machine.
>         I'm wondering if there's a way we can timeout for say 15
>         checks. So
>         instead of unmonitoring the service altogether, just unmonitor
>         it for a
>         while, and then monitor it again and repeat.
>         I guess I could hack something up to this effect using cron
>         and monit
>         status / monit monitor, but wondered if there was such a
>         feature in
>         monit already, or plans to implement something like that.
>         Cheers - Callum.
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