Monit plugin for checking APT updates on DebianMon 19 March 2018 #technical #recommendation #programming #perl
It has been at least 2 years since I have been using Monit for active monitoring my VPS and I must say I think this is a really good solution for anybody that wants
- something that Just Works™
- something that doesn't use that much resources
- generally does one thing and does it well
For me Monit fits perfectly well in that criteria. And it has the ability to adapt to ones needs. I mean just look at the documentation examples!
So as I was reading the docs I found out that there possibly is no script for
checking if the system is up-to-date. Having security in mind I have checked
what the script from Nagios does to accomplish this task. Turns out that's just
good ol' Perl script parsing the output of
Then I thought - I can do that myself and maybe even add some features I need.
Thus, my 'plugin' (script) for parsing
apt-get emerged. It can be found on my
GitHub as monit-check-debian-updates.
Now that I think of it - the script should be named YAAPS or something - which
stands of course for - Yet Another APT Parsing Script.
Currently you only can add a configuration that looks like this (or similar)
check program apt path /opt/check-debian-updates.pl if status > 0 then alert
But in the future there should be more to it. Or not. Depends on my enthusiasm to add the missing features. I am posting in hope that someone finds this script kinda useful.