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ruleqa monitoring on

From: John Hardin <jhardin_at_nospam>
Date: Sat Oct 29 2011 - 20:10:42 GMT
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I was able to access automc's crontab on,
so I set up two monitors: one that checks to see if the ruleqa daemon is
currently running (if it isn't then see for how to restart it), and
another that attempts to use ntpdate to check the difference between the
clocks on and
and warn if the difference gets "too great" (which is yet to be
intelligently defined).

Both checks are currently run once daily, and will email a warning to the
dev list if they fail.

As the clocks are successfully synchronized at the moment, I don't have
any way to test whether the clock drift check will actually work. Perhaps
after we've gotten a rules update out we could ask someone in Infra to
temporarily change the clock on one or the other box and see whether
"ntpdate -q" will actually detect the problem.

Suggestions for a better way to check for clock drift are welcome.

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