[rancid] Re: Email notifications

Steve Ousley steve at host-it.co.uk
Thu Jun 26 12:27:39 UTC 2008

OK, upon further investigation, it wasn't in fact cron that was failing.
The cron was running the script no problems, however having implemented a
new script that also backs the configs up, we hadn't added the "rancid-run"
command to this (it takes a little while to run, and wanted to know it would
copy the files ok).

I think your solution (with this in mind) is the best way to go about it.
Since that will also report if cron fails, OR if rancid-run fails.

Is there a file that gets updated every time rancid runs? Or is it best to
simply add in something like:

echo "" >> /path/to/rancid/did.it.run

so that when it runs, it will update that file, and therefore the
modification time on that file.

You think this would be the best way?

Steve Ousley - SO620-RIPE

-----Original Message-----
From: Burton Windle [mailto:bwindle at fint.org] 
Sent: 26 June 2008 13:21
To: Steve Ousley
Subject: Re: [rancid] Email notifications

Perhaps something that monitors the RANCID log directory, and takes note 
when no files have been added recently?

What was causing cron to fail?

Burton Windle                           bwindle at fint.org

On Thu, 26 Jun 2008, Steve Ousley wrote:

> Hi
> We have just noticed that our rancid cron job was not running, and
therefore the devices were not being backed up.  Does anyone know of a
> way that you could get this to email when rancid has run, wether it
changed anything or not, so that we at least get a notification that
> this has run.
> Hopefully with this being the case, we should be able to notice if it?s
not working again, and sort it a lot sooner than the month or so
> that it took to notice it this time.
> Alternatively, if anyone knows of a way to get the cron job to mail a
successful/unsuccessful run of rancid-run, then this would also be
> useful.
> Thanks in advance.
> Steve Ousley - SO620-RIPE

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