[smokeping-users] System Monitoring

don at bowenvale.co.nz don at bowenvale.co.nz
Tue Jul 26 01:27:38 CEST 2011

Thanks Layla,

So far I'm having a big fail on this whole monitoring space.

I'm in the process of building a 'proof of concept' wireless ISP network 
with remote hands (ie I'm not on site, I have unskilled people doing 
most of the local work.  I'm doing this out of need and education, ie to 
better understand the issues.)

I need/want to monitor the active state of each Ubnt radio in the 
network (which is basically a star with a few hops in it for good measure).

A very busy friend recommended smokeping as  a useful tool after I 
crashed and burnt on Nagios.

What I really want to do, and I don't know if this is the correct tool, 
is just ping and trace route some locations and get email alerts of 
something changes dramatically.

I saw Tobi's earlier email and some of that looks useful as well as I'd 
also like to traceroute my upstreams to know if those go pear shape (as 
does seem to happen often in our part of the world).

To add to my complexity, I'm using a hosting management system called 
DTC, which takes over the machine a bit, so www.www doesn't exist and I 
suspect that system security is my issue with a few of the products I'm 
trying to get working.

Again thanks for the help and any comment welcomed.


Ps:  Tobi, if you're reading, very cool software man... while I don't 
understand how most of it works yet, your stuff seems to be under the 
hood of just about everything I've been touching recently! :)

On 26/07/2011 12:21 a.m., Layla Nahar wrote:
> Hello Don,
> Perhaps you have sorted this out already, but in case you would still
> like some information regarding this error,  the answer below from
> another user here helped me solve this problem.
> LN
> "Sounds more like a permissions issue than anything.  Make sure the
> /var/www/smokeping directory has the proper permissions (for testing
> purposes set ownership to www:www and chmod to 777 and then back it up
> from there to a more secure setting).
> Make sure smokeping is running as www:www or has permissions to
> /var/www/smokeping as the user you want it to run at.
> Joshua Andrews>  IT Administrator Gemvision Corporation 706 East River
> Drive Davenport, IA 52803 p 800.357.6272 x143  f 563.884.8181
> http://www.gemvision.com
> "
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:06:12 +1200
>> From: Don Gould<don at bowenvale.co.nz>
>> Subject: Re: [smokeping-users] config not updating?
>> To: smokeping-users at lists.oetiker.ch
>> Message-ID:<4E1FCAC4.1040807 at bowenvale.co.nz>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>> Ok, I sort of sorted the last problem by just restarting the server (not
>> idea, but hey)...
>> Software error:
>> ERROR: creating  /var/cache/smokeping/images/mysite1: No such file or
>> directory
>> For help, please send mail to the webmaster ([no address given]), giving
>> this error message and the time and date of the error.
>> -- can any one suggest what I might have over looked to get that error?

Don Gould
31 Acheson Ave
Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: + 64 3 348 7235
Mobile: + 64 21 114 0699

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