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How To Create Nagios Plugins With PHP On CentOS 6

PHP is a popular programming language that allows you to quickly create scripts and install additional libraries.
This time, we will expand on this idea and create Nagios plugins using PHP.

Step 1 - Install RPMForge Repository and NRPE on client

rpm -ivh http://pkgs.repoforge.org/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
yum -y install php nagios-nrpe
useradd nrpe && chkconfig nrpe on

Step 2 - Create your PHP Script

It would be a good idea to keep your plugins in same directory as other Nagios plugins (/usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/ for example). For our example, we will create a script that checks current disk usage by calling "df" from shell, and throw an alert if it is over 85% used:
$used_space=chop(shell_exec("df -h / | grep -v Filesystem | awk '{print $5}'"));

switch ($used_space) {
        case "$used_space" < "85%":
        print "OK - $used_space of disk space used.";

        case "$used_space" == "85%":
        print "WARNING - $used_space of disk space used.";

        case $used_space > "85%":
        print "CRITICAL - $used_space of disk space used.";

        print "UNKNOWN - $used_space of disk space used.";

We will save this script in /usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/usedspace.php and make it executable:
chmod +x /usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/usedspace.php

The entire Nagios NRPE plugin boils down to using exit codes to trigger alerts.
You introduce your level of logic to the script, and if you want to trigger an alert (whether it is OK, WARNING, CRITICAL, or UNKNOWN) - you specify an exit code.
Refer to the following Nagios Exit Codes:

Nagios Exit Codes

Exit Code Status
0 OK

Step 3 - Add Your Script to NRPE configuration on client host

Delete original /etc/nagios/nrpe.cfg and add the following lines to it:


Where is our monitoring server from previous articles. Change these to your own values.
Make sure to restart Nagios NRPE service:
service nrpe restart

Step 4 - Add Your New Command to Nagios Checks on Nagios Monitoring Server

Define new command in /etc/nagios/objects/commands.cfg
define command{
        command_name    usedspace_php
        command_line    $USER1$/check_nrpe -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -c usedspace_php

As you can see, it uses NRPE to make TCP connections to port 5666 and run command 'usedspace_php', which we defined in /etc/nagios/nrpe.cfg on that remote host.
Add this check to your Nagios configuration file for client.
For our example, we will monitor a server called SeverCentOS and edit /etc/nagios/servers/ServerCentOS.cfg
define service {
        use                             generic-service
        host_name                       ServerCentOS
        service_description             Custom Disk Checker In PHP
        check_command                   usedspace_php
Restart Nagios:
service nagios restart

Verify that the new check is working and you are all done!
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