[mrtg] Re: Monitoring traps

Tim Kennedy sugarat at thunderhold.sugarat.net
Mon Jul 26 16:49:05 MEST 1999

On Mon, 26 Jul 1999, Utsav Ratti wrote:

> Is there a way for MRTG to monitor trap messages from routers? I would like
> to monitor these and perform actions based on the trap message (such as
> calling a script to restart the device).

Currently MRTG doesn't ship with an snmptrapd.  MRTG was not designed to
act as a full features Network Mangement solution.  MRTG is for graphing 
certain data.  You could, I suppose, graph the traps you receive.  You
know, node down gives you a zero, nod up gives you a one, and you could
track uptime like that.   But you'd still need a trapd to receive and log
the trap, then an external script to parse the trapd.log and pass the
correct information to mrtg.  And a way to make sure that mrtg was run the
isntant a trap was received, or of passing on the timestamp properly.
But at this time, no you can't do that.  Try HP Openview, or software such
as that.


Timothy Kennedy
sugarat.net, Network Management Resources

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