Install and Configure Nagios for PostgreSQL/PPAS on Linux

One of my Colleague had asked how he can use Nagios for PostgreSQL Monitoring. So, I thought of writing steps to show the blog readers about nagios Configuration for PostgreSQL/PPAS.

Following are the steps:

1. Download Nagios Core


2. For Installing Nagios, following packages would be required,so make sure you have them installed on your server.

libssl-dev pkg-config 

3. Create nagios user and group as given below:

[root@localhost]# useradd nagios
[root@localhost]# passwd nagios
[root@localhost]# groupadd nagcmd
[root@localhost]# usermod -G nagcmd nagios
[root@localhost]# usermod -G nagcmd apache

4. Now, untar Nagios Core/Nagios Plugin using following command:

    tar -xvf  nagios-HEAD.tar.gz

5. Now configure Nagios Source Code as given below:

sh configure  --prefix=/opt/nagios --with-pgsql=/opt/PostgresPlus/8.4AS

Note:: Please note I would be installing nagios in /opt/nagios location. For more options on configure command, use following command:

./configure --help

6. Now install Nagios using the following commands:

make all
make install
make install-commandmode
make install-config

7. Now, configure Nagios for web interface, using following command:

make install-webconf

8. Create webinteface user nagiosadmin, password using following command:

/opt/nagios/bin/htpasswd -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin
New password:
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user nagiosadmin

Note:: Please remember this password, since admin will use this command to connect to nagios using web-interface(explorer like firefox, chrome etc).

9. After installing Naios Core and configuring for web-interface, lets install Nagios Plugins using following command:

./configure --prefix=/opt/nagios --with-pgsql=/opt/PostgresPlus/8.4AS
make install

Since, we have installed Nagios and plugins, now, lets configure it for PostgreSQL/PPAS.

1. Download from following link:


2. Copy to /libexec as given below:

cp /usr/local/bin/ /opt/nagios/libexec

3. Configure the Nagios Command as given below by adding following line in
nagiosinstallationdir/etc/commands.cfg as given below:

define command {
command_name check_edb_bloat
command_line $USER1$/ --host $HOSTADDRESS$ --dbuser=enterprisedb --dbpass=edb -db edb -p 5444 --action bloat

Note:: Above is an example of adding the Monitoring service for PG Bloat in Nagios.

4. Lets create a Service file postgres.cfg in nagiosinstallationdir/etc/objects directory using following line (please feel free to replace the hostname)

define service {
    use                     generic-service
    host_name               localhost
    service_description     Postgres bloat
    is_volatile             0
    check_period            24x7
    max_check_attempts      3
    normal_check_interval   5
    retry_check_interval    1
    contact_groups          admins
    notification_interval   120
    notification_period     24x7
    check_command           check_edb_bloat!3000000!9000000!flr

5. Now update the nagiosinstallationdir/etc/nagios.cfg file for the postgres.cfg, by adding following command:


6. Verify the configuration files using following command:

root@ubuntu:~# /opt/nagios/bin/nagios -v /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg 

Nagios Core 3.2.3
Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Nagios Core Development Team and Community Contributors
Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Ethan Galstad
Last Modified: 10-03-2010
License: GPL

Reading configuration data...
   Read main config file okay...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/commands.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/timeperiods.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/templates.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/localhost.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/postgres.cfg'...
Processing object config file '/opt/nagios/etc/objects/switch.cfg'...
   Read object config files okay...

Running pre-flight check on configuration data...

Checking services...
	Checked 13 services.
Checking hosts...
	Checked 2 hosts.
Checking host groups...
	Checked 2 host groups.
Checking service groups...
	Checked 0 service groups.
Checking contacts...
	Checked 1 contacts.
Checking contact groups...
	Checked 1 contact groups.
Checking service escalations...
	Checked 0 service escalations.
Checking service dependencies...
	Checked 0 service dependencies.
Checking host escalations...
	Checked 0 host escalations.
Checking host dependencies...
	Checked 0 host dependencies.
Checking commands...
	Checked 25 commands.
Checking time periods...
	Checked 5 time periods.
Checking for circular paths between hosts...
Checking for circular host and service dependencies...
Checking global event handlers...
Checking obsessive compulsive processor commands...
Checking misc settings...

Total Warnings: 0
Total Errors:   0

Things look okay - No serious problems were detected during the pre-flight check

7. Now start the nagios services using following command:

/etc/init.d/nagios restart

We are set to check the services in Nagios. Following are few snapshots:

Some nagios Configuration File details:

Important Nagios Configuration files:
Location: nagiosinstallationdir/etc/
nagios.cfg – Nagios Configuration file, which contains Global Parameters.
cgi.cfg – Nagios Web Interface Configuration file.
resource.cfg – Plugin Monitors resource configuration file (It contains sensitive information like username/password etc).

Location: nagiosinstallationdir/etc/objects

contacts.cfg: This is a configuration file in which user can specify name, email address and notification information with time period.
commands.cfg – This file contains the commands which can be use for services.You can use $HOSTNAME$ and $HOSTADDRESS$ macro on the command execution that will substitute the corresponding hostname or host ip-address.
timeperiods.cfg – User can define the timeperiods.
templates.cfg – template configuraton file
localhost.cfg – contains localhost monitoring information. Using this sample file user can define similar services for other hosts too.
printer.cfg – Sample config file for printer
switch.cfg – Sample config file for switch
windows.cfg – Sample config file for a windows machine

Enjoy!! 🙂

Author: Database Technologies

Director, Solutions Architecture @ EnterpriseDB, Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Master's Degree in Computer Application Oracle Certified Professional, PostgreSQL Certified Professional, DB2 Certified, ITIL V3 Certified, MongoDB Certified DBA, MongoDB Certified DBA, PostgreSQL Certified Trainer, PostgreSQL Certified Trainer.

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