Automatic Downtimes in Nagios Without Using Time Periods

Monitoring systems are a great thing, and we rely heavily on Nagios here at PalominoDB.  We also rely heavily on xtrabackup for (mostly) non-locking, “warm” backups of MySQL.  In order to get a consistent backup with a proper binlog position on a slave, xtrabackup stops replication for a short period of time.  If the monitoring system catches this, the pager will go off, and usually in the middle of the night.

Nagios can have specific windows when it is on or off for a particular host or service, but you have to remember that when you change the time the backup runs.  I prefer to call a script from cron, just before I call the backup script, so that I can easily see that they are related.

Note that this script works even if you have Nagios password protected with .htaccess, because wget allows for a username and password.  This script is not perfect – there is not a lot of error checking, and log files are hard-coded.  But it does what it needs to.

The script is called like this:

./scheduleDowntimeByService service length host

Sample cron entries (note that the service name depends on what you are checking and the service names themselves):

00 5 * * 0 /home/palominodb/bin/ MySQL+Replication+Lag 3600 hostname


00 5 * * 0 /home/palominodb/bin/ MySQL+Slave+IO+Thread 3600 hostname


00 5 * * 0 /home/palominodb/bin/ MySQL+Slave+SQL+Thread 3600 hostname

Here is the script itself:




use strict;

use POSIX;


my $service = shift @ARGV;

my $length = shift @ARGV;

my $host = shift @ARGV;


unless ($length ) {

        $length = 3600;




my $startTime = time();

my $endTime = $startTime + $length;


my $nagios_start = POSIX::strftime(“%m-%d-%Y %H:%M:00”, localtime($startTime));

my $nagios_end = POSIX::strftime(“%m-%d-%Y %H:%M:00”, localtime($endTime));


$nagios_start =~ s@:@%3A@g;

$nagios_start =~ s@-@%2D@g;

$nagios_start =~ s@ @%20@g;

$nagios_end =~ s@:@%3A@g;

$nagios_end =~ s@-@%2D@g;

$nagios_end =~ s@ @%20@g;


my $URL = ‘’ .  $nagios_start . ‘&end_time=’ . $nagios_end . ‘&cmd_typ=56&cmd_mod=2&host=’ . $host . ‘&service=’ . $service . ‘&com_data=Backups&btnSubmit=Commit’;


my $cmd = “/usr/bin/wget –quiet –user=user –password=PASS -O /tmp/nagios_downtime.html ‘$URL'”


open ( L, “>>/tmp/nagios_downtime.log” );

print L print $cmd . “\n”;

print L `$cmd`;

close L;

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