hobbitfetch - fetch client data from passive clients
hobbitfetch [--server=HOBBIT.SERVER.IP] [options]
This utility is used to collect data from Xymon clients.
Normally, Xymon clients will themselves take care of sending all of
their data directly to the Xymon server. In that case, you do not need
this utility at all. However, in some network setups clients may be
prohibited from establishing a connection to an external server such as
the Xymon server, due to firewall policies. In such a setup you can
configure the client to store all of the client data locally by
enabling the msgcache(8) utility on the client, and using hobbitfetch
on the Xymon server to collect data from the clients.
hobbitfetch will only collect data from clients that have the pulldata
tag listed in the bb-hosts(5) file. The IP-address listed in the bb-
hosts file must be correct, since this is the IP-address where
hobbitfetch will attempt to contact the client. If the msgcache daemon
is running on a non-standard IP-address or portnumber, you can specify
the portnumber as in pulldata=192.168.1.2:8084 for contacting the
msgcache daemon using IP 192.168.1.2 port 8084. If the IP-address is
omitted, the default IP in the bb-hosts file is used. If the port
number is omitted, the portnumber from the BBPORT setting in
hobbitserver.cfg(5) is used (normally, this is port 1984).
Defines the IP address of the Xymon server where the collected
client messages are forwarded to. By default, messages are sent
to the loopback address 127.0.0.1, i.e. to a Xymon server
running on the same host as hobbitfetch.
Sets the interval (in seconds) between polls of a client.
Default: 60 seconds.
--id=N Used when you have a setup with multiple Xymon servers. In that
case, you must run hobbitfetch on each of the Xymon servers,
with hobbitfetch instance using a different value of N. This
allows several Xymon servers to pick up data from the clients
running msgcache, and msgcache can distinguish between which
messages have already been forwarded to which server.
N is a number in the range 1-31.
Limit how often hobbitfetch will log problems with fetching data
from a host, in seconds. Default: 900 seconds (15 minutes). This
is to prevent a host that is down or where msgcache has not been
started from flooding the hobbitfetch logs. Note that this is
ignored when debugging is enabled.
Enable debugging output.
msgcache(8), hobbitd(8), xymon(7)