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       hobbitlaunch.cfg - Task definitions for the hobbitlaunch utility




       The  hobbitlaunch.cfg  file  holds  the list of tasks that hobbitlaunch
       runs to perform all of the tasks needed by the Xymon monitor.


       A task is defined by a key, a command, and  optionally  also  interval,
       environment, and logfile.

       Blank  lines  and  lines  starting  with a hash mark (#) are treated as
       comments and ignored.  Long  lines  can  be  broken  up  by  putting  a
       backslash  at  the end of the line and continuing the entry on the next

       An entry looks like this:

                 ENVFILE /usr/local/xymon/server/etc/hobbitserver.cfg
                 CMD /usr/local/xymon/server/bin/hobbitd

                 ENVFILE /usr/local/xymon/server/etc/hobbitserver.cfg
                 CMD /usr/local/xymon/server/bin/bbgen
                 NEEDS hobbitd
                 GROUP webupdates
                 INTERVAL 5m
                 ONHOST localhost
                 MAXTIME 10m
                 LOGFILE /var/log/xymon/updateweb.log

       The key is enclosed in angle brackets, and  must  be  unique  for  each
       task.  You  can  choose  your key-names as you like, they are only used
       internally in hobbitlaunch to identify each task.

       The command is defined by the CMD keyword. This  is  the  full  command
       including  any  options you want to use for this task. This is required
       for all tasks.

       The DISABLED keyword means that this command is disabled.  hobbitlaunch
       will  not  start  this  task.  It  is  recommended that you use this to
       disable standard tasks, instead of removing  them  or  commenting  them
       out.  Upgrades  to Xymon will add standard tasks back into the file, so
       unless you have them  listed  as  DISABLED  then  tasks  may  re-appear
       unexpectedly after an upgrade.

       The ONHOST keyword tells hobbitlaunch that this task should only run on
       specific hosts. After the ONHOST keyword, you must provide  a  "regular
       expression";  if  the  hostname  where  hobbitlaunch  runs matches this
       expression, then the task will run. If it doesn’t match, then the  task
       is treated as if it were DISABLED.

       The  MAXTIME  keyword  sets  a  maximum  time that the task may run; if
       exceeded, hobbitlaunch will kill the task. The time is  in  seconds  by
       default,  you  can specify minutes, hours or days by adding an "m", "h"
       or "d" after the number. By default there is no upper limit on how long
       a taskmay run.

       The  NEEDS  instructs hobbitlaunch not to run this task unless the task
       defined by the NEEDS keyword is already running. This is used  e.g.  to
       delay  the start of some application until the needed daemons have been
       started. The task that must be running is defined by its key.

       The GROUP keyword can be used to limit the number of tasks that may run
       simultaneously.  E.g.  if  you  are  generating  multiple  pagesets  of
       webpages, you dont want them to run at the  same  time.   Putting  them
       into  a  GROUP will cause hobbitlaunch to delay the start of new tasks,
       so that only one task will run per group. You can change the  limit  by
       defining  the group before the tasks, with a "GROUP groupname maxtasks"

       The INTERVAL keyword defines how often this command  is  executed.  The
       example  shows  a command that runs every 5 minutes.  If no interval is
       given, the task is only run once - this is useful for  tasks  that  run
       continually  as  daemons  - although if the task stops for some reason,
       then  hobbitlaunch  will  attempt  to  restart  it.  Intervals  can  be
       specified  in  seconds  (if you just put a number there), or in minutes
       (5m), hours (2h), or days (1d).

       The ENVFILE setting points to a file with  definitions  of  environment
       variables.  Before running the task, hobbitlaunch will setup all of the
       environment variables listed in this file.  Since this  is  a  per-task
       setting,  you  can  use the same hobbitlaunch instance to run e.g. both
       the server- and client-side Xymon tasks. If this option is not present,
       then the environment defined to hobbitlaunch is used.

       The ENVAREA setting modifies which environment variables are loaded, by
       picking up the ones that are defined  for  this  specific  "area".  See
       hobbitserver.cfg(5) for information about environment areas.

       The  LOGFILE setting defines a logfile for the task.  hobbitlaunch will
       start the task with stdout and stderr redirected to this file. If  this
       option is not present, then the output goes to the same location as the
       hobbitlaunch output.


       hobbitlaunch(8), hobbitd(8), xymon(7)