Nagios style plugin for Solace Router monitoring

Date March 21st, 2017 Author Vitaly Agapov

Honor is dead. But I'll see what I can do.

Brandon Sanderson «Words of Radiance»

solace monitoringSolace documentation contains information on some Nagios integration options and a mythical plugin for monitoring Solace from Nagios. But this plugin can not be obtained from Solace site and even from Solace support. The exact quotation from Solace support sounds as "our Nagios plugins are not a product, they are projectware that we provide as part of a paid services engagement related to integration with Nagios". Quite uncomfortable, huh.

So I have prepared own Nagios style plugin (it can obviously be used in Icinga, Shinken etc.) which covers all our needs. It makes use of SEMPv1 management protocol. This protocol is described as legacy in the official documentation but SEMPv2 is not ready yet for usage.

 

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How to monitor Linux network quality for different directions

Date December 7th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

The legends have two problems. They are not believed in or they are believed in too much.

Alexey Pehov «The Sentinel»

tcp-retrans

Sometimes we might need to know if the network connection between our host and other peers is good enough. The main quality attributes of the network connection are badwidth (quite easy to explore) and the packet loss rate (quite difficult to explore). Of course we can monitor the overall TCP retransmit rate (for example using something like netstat -s | grep -i retrans), build the graph and stare at it. But we'll never know which direction is loosing the packets and where is the problem itself.

I have not found the ready-to-use solution and created my own. You can see the results right here on the screenshot.

 

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Generate RPM SPEC changelogs in Git

Date November 8th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.

Patrick Rothfuss «The Name of the Wind»

rpm-gitThis little note will be useful for those who is lazy enough for dealing with changelogs in RPM spec-files and lazy enough to implement own solution. I will present the script to work from inside the git repository. It can check if the changelog complies the current version and update the changelog accordingly if needed. No git tags are needed.

There are two variants of the script. One is for running on the build server (Jenkins/Bamboo/TeamCity…) right before building the RPM. And the second one is the post-commit hook. Second option can be useful if your build server has no write access to the repository or if you'd like to keep git history cleaner (this option doesn't create extra commits).

The script needs rpmspec utility to be installed. So if you are using some non-RH distro just look for the needed package. In Ubuntu you need the package named 'rpm'.

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How to pack Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) to JDK RPM

Date July 22nd, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

I don’t have problem. I am part of problem.

Daniel Keyes «The Minds of Billy Milligan»

jce

Let's imagine you have hundreds of hosts where you automatically install or update HotSpot JDK from the RPM-repository. For example, by RPM dependencies while installing or updating some another software. You maintain your repository by yourself and you'd like to have JDK and JCE in one RPM package.

Then this tiny article will help you.

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How to query MS SQL Server database from Linux CLI

Date June 15th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds.

Stanisław Lem «Solaris»

SQLServerLinuxSo let's assume that we need a small keyhole to look into SQL Server database and query some data from it. Maybe we'd like to automate some reporting stuff or to make some web GUI with some information stored in MSSQL. And of course we don't want to deal with Windows.

Fortunately there is such a project as FreeTDS. It gives us a driver for using with ODBC engine. I will show how to configure it and how to retreive some data right from MSSQL. 

Everything written below is true for the case of RHEL/CentOS 7.

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How to migrate XWIki and DokiWiki to Confluence: still easy and for free

Date May 11th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

Nothing had ever been so welcome by its absence.

Dan Simmons «The Rise of Endymion»

xwiki-dokuwiki-confluenceI am surely aware of the UWC project but I just wasn't satisfied with the results. So I have created my own tool to migrate articles from XWiki and Dokuwiki to Confluence. The tool is quite simple, it doesn't deal with editing history and just migrates the current information. This was my goal and it was achieved. So if you are interested in this – look into the project WikiLumper which is available on GitHub. 

And if you have something to contribute then please contribute.

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Some Jenkins Groovy magic

Date April 19th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

— How does it feel?
— Groovy

Ash vs Evil Dead

groovyjenkinsThis is a short post with some Groovy snippets which can be used in Jenkins to perform some fancy stuff. They are tested in the real life and have proven their worth. I believe this is not the final release of this article 'cuz I am going to update it with some new examples as soon as I prepare them.

Let's see them.

 

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How to migrate from YouTrack to Jira: easy and for free

Date April 19th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.

Dan Simmons «Hyperion»

YTJiraIt's a kind of weird that there is no clear and tested procedure to migrate from Jetbrains YouTrack to Atlassian Jira. The recent one's documentation proposes us to export issues from YT to the CSV file and import it back to Jira. This could be the appropriate solution for those who doesn't need the comments, attachments, issue links and other useful things accumulated over many years of team work. But the real Jedis should follow their own path. So did I. I have made my own tool for migrating from YT to Jira and published in on GitHub. It is called Lumper and if you're here just for making the job done then follow the link, read the README and use it for a good purpose.

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Perl CGI: How to asynchronously upload multiple files

Date March 14th, 2016 Author Vitaly Agapov

If you pass by then just pass by.

Alexey Ivanov «Dormitory-on-Blood»

async

This is a quite frequently used control in the modern web UIs. The user just selects file or files as usual but then he has no need to submit the form and wait for the page to reload. The files are uploaded immediately by Ajax and the result can be seen immediately too.

jQuery makes this task trivial from the frontend point of view but the server side is not so clear. Especially if you use Perl. So I will try eliminate the lack of information with this small post.

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Links between Oracle and PostgreSQL, or There and Back Again

Date September 24th, 2015 Author Vitaly Agapov

“I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth” — by which he meant: “What am I going to get out of it? And am I going to come back alive?”

J.R.R.Tolkien «The Hobbit, or There and Back Again»

hobbit

Please don’t wait for any revelations from this article. This is just a compilation of some notes about configuring links between Oracle Database 11.2 and PostgreSQL 9.4. Everything written below is true for the case of Linux (RHEL/CentOS 7 to be exact) and I cannot guarantee its operability on other platforms or versions.

So let’s get to the point. In the first part of the article I will show how to configure the DB link from Oracle to PostgreSQL using ODBC driver and Oracle Heterogeneous Services (HS) agent. In the second part I will show how to access Oracle databases from PostgreSQL using foreign data wrapper (oracle_fdw).

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