Just Another Really Versatile Information System
1. ABOUT 1.1. THE NAME 2. FEATURES 2.1. TRIGGERS 3. INSTALLATION 4. TODO 5. LICENSE
jarvis was designed with focus on simplicity and maintainability. There are no fancy graphical gimmicks, just one central configuration file. I started to work on jarvis because most of the current monitoring tools come with millions of features I don't need and because of that, they get rather confusing from time to time. I don't like confusion. I like fast, straightforward monitoring. That was when I decided to create a monitoring suite myself.
1.1. THE NAME
You know Iron Man? His very spectacular computer system is called J.A.R.V.I.S. which is an abbreviation for 'Just A Rather Very Intelligent System'. This version of jarvis, however, is not that smart and my interpretation is 'Just Another Really Versatile Information System' which is equivalently vague.
Jarvis monitors services using various agents. Writing agents is pretty easy (if you know Perl, it's even easier). Agents don't have to be written in Perl, but I strongly encourage you to use Perl if you consider writing an agent. Currently there are the following agents:
- ... much more to come (daily)
The following perl modules need to be installed in order to run the agents flawlessly:
Jarvis also relies on several external tools or programs to gather data, please install them to get the best user experience:
- lm_sensors (for CPUTemperatureCheck)
- hddtemp (for DiskTemperatureCheck; this needs superuser privileges which is not ideal ... )
To make this work, you need to add this line to your /etc/sudoers file: jarvis ALL=(root) NOPASSWD:/usr/sbin/hddtemp
Now comes a quite handy feature of jarvis. If you specify triggers in your configuration (look at the example config to get a clue how to use them) you can launch different scripts after special error cases. For example (taken from the example config):
The above line is the agent that checks port 22 (ssh) on localhost. If there are 5 TCPConnect errors in one minute, start a script to restart ssh service.
Pretty easy, huh?
First of all, thanks for considering jarvis.
With this bundle comes a bash script called 'install_jarvis'. Execute it to install everything.
After this, you can switch to the jarvis user ( su - jarvis), start jarvis and watch as your sqlite database gets filled with data.
If you want to get reports, I recommend to use the jarvis_report tool, which comes with the bundle.
For further information on agents and configuration, consider the Wiki.
This is an alpha release. It is NOT finished and ready for productive use yet. Please use with caution.
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