[mrtg] Re: ANNOUCNE 2.9.6

Brian E. Seppanen seppy at chartermi.net
Wed Dec 13 16:20:04 MET 2000

I've tried 2.9.6 in place of 2.9.5 and I still had problems with the pid
file when called as so

su - mrtg -c "cd /home/mrtg/log; /usr/bin/nohup /usr/local/mrtg/bin/mrtg /home/mrtg/main.conf

This works with 2.9.4.  We have it configure in /home/mrtg/main.conf to
run as a daemon.  But we use /usr/bin/nohup (as you can see above) so that
we can capture messages.  messages are sent to ~/log/nohup.out.

I tried integrating mrtg into the redhat start sequence. See the attached
file.  It seems to work partially.  The reason I want to do this is
redhat's init sequence export certain functions to their startup programs.
Anything started with these functions has its output sent to syslog via

However, it doesn't quite work yet.  I can start it up fine.  It writes a
pid to /home/mrtg.  Shortly afterwards it dissapears from process listings
no core, and no syslog message.

A couple of questions.  Could I modify the script to create the pid in
/var/run as redhat expects to find it there? A shutdown script won't
work without setting it up that way.  Is there a command line switch for
specifying pid file directory?  Any suggestions?

BTW:  If I run it as /usr/local/mrtg-2.9.6/bin/mrtg --user=mrtg --group=mrtg /home/mrtg/main.conf
it runs fine all of the messages are spewed to the terminal from which I
started it.

Another question is why would it dissapear?

I'd appreciate any help.

Brian Seppanen

On Tue, 12 Dec 2000, Tobias Oetiker wrote:

> To: MRTG Mailinglist <mrtg at list.ee.ethz.ch>,
>      MRTG Announcements <mrtg-announce at list.ee.ethz.ch>
> From: Tobias Oetiker <oetiker at ee.ethz.ch>
> Subject: [mrtg] ANNOUCNE 2.9.6
> Folks,
> Release Fast, Release Often ...
> 2.9.6 fixes the ugly bugs introduced in rateup (it is rateup 2.9.4
> again) and finally gets  that *.pid file right which gets created
> when you run mrtg in daemon mode ...
> cheers
> tobi

Brian Seppanen
Charter Communications
Regional Data Center				906-228-3100 ext 23
Marquette, MI					seppy at chartermi.net

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