Spackle kicks ass. It’s a “flexible client/server architecture for the gathering and displaying of statistics, primarily suited to monitoring servers.” I had it collecting data on almost all our servers within a few hours. It’s also got a simplistic but capable web-interface for inspecting the data. The default collection of monitoring agents is Linux specific so YMMV if you’re using something else.
I did run into some trouble and attempted to mail the author but his mail server couldn’t resolve my work domain, which doesn’t surprise me anymore. Here’s what I suggested:
Add this line to spackle.sh somewhere:
because of this error message when spackle.sh is run from cron, “Your terminal lacks the ability to clear the screen or position the cursor.”
Found the solution at http://www.flora.org/lynx-dev/html/month042000/msg00441.html
This occurs on RH6.2 but not in RH7.2, that link above has some info which might explain why.
Add full path to nc:
nc -> /usr/sbin/nc
nc is installed in /usr/sbin/ by default when I used an rpm of netstat.
Change bang line to
RH7.2 seems to use bash2 by default, 6.2 uses bash.