Presentation of the Shinken project
Welcome to the Shinken project.
Shinken is a modern, Nagios compatible monitoring fremawork, written in Python. Its main goal is to give users a flexible architecture for their monitoring system that is designed to scale to large environments.
Shinken is backwards-compatible with the Nagios configuration standard and plugins. It works on any operating system and architecture that supports Python, which includes Windows and GNU/Linux.
There are mandatory and conditional requirements for the installation methods which are described below.
- Python 2.6 or higher (2.7 will get higher performances)
- python-pycurl Python package for Shinken daemon communications
- setuptools or distribute Python package for installation
- Python 2.7 is required for developers to run the test suite, shinken/test/
- python-cherrypy3 (recommanded) enhanceddaemons communications, especially in HTTPS mode
Installing/Checking Common Requirements on Windows
There is an installation guide for Windows and an installation package.
Installing on Linux
How to install Shinken
You will need a specific user for running shinken :
useradd --user-group shinken
You simply need to launch:
python setup.py install
python setup.py update
It will only update the shinken lib and scripts, but won't touch your current configuration
Shinken is installed with init.d scripts, enables them at boot time and starts them right after the install process ends. Based on your linux distro you only need to do:
chkconfig --add shinken chkconfig shinken on
update-rc.d shinken defaults 20
Where is the configuration?
The configuration is on the directory, /etc/shinken.
Where are the logs?
Logs are in /var/log/shinken (what did you expect?)
I got a bug, how to launch the daemons in debug mode?
You only need to launch:
/etc/init.d/shinken -d start
Debug logs will be based on the log directory (/var/log/shinken)
I switched from Nagios, do I need to change my existing Nagios configuration?
No, there is no need to change the existing configuration - unless you want to add some new hosts and services. Once you are comfortable with Shinken you can start to use its unique and powerful features.
Learn more about how to use and configure Shinken
Jump to the Shinken documentation wiki.
If you find a bug
Bugs are tracked in the issue list on GitHub . Always search for existing issues before filing a new one (use the search field at the top of the page). When filing a new bug, please remember to include:
- A helpful title - use descriptive keywords in the title and body so others can find your bug (avoiding duplicates).
- Steps to reproduce the problem, with actual vs. expected results
- Shinken version (or if you're pulling directly from the Git repo, your current commit SHA - use git rev-parse HEAD)
- OS version
- If the problem happens with specific code, link to test files (gist.github.com is a great place to upload code).
- Screenshots are very helpful if you're seeing an error message or a UI display problem. (Just drag an image into the issue description field to include it).