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pnp4nagios example with Naemon

This guide will help you install PNP4Nagios which gives you graphs for your performance data well integrated with Thruk. Since most package for PNP4Nagios requires Nagios we will have to build it from source. Please don’t panic, this guide will help you step by step to add one of the most important addons to Naemon.

These instructions were written for:

  • PNP4Nagios 0.6.24
  • Ubuntu Server
  • CentOS Server
  • Redhat Server
  • Debian Server
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Install instruction

1 - Install dependencies

Redhat / CentOS

yum install gcc-c++ rrdtool perl-Time-HiRes perl-rrdtool php-gd php php-cli wget

Debian / Ubuntu

apt-get install make rrdtool librrds-perl g++ php5-cli php5-gd libapache2-mod-php5


zypper install gcc-c++ rrdtool php53-gd php53 apache2-mod_php53 php53-zlib php53-sockets

2 - Download PNP4Nagios

cd ~/
mkdir src
cd src

3 - Extract PNP4Nagios source

tar -xzvf pnp4nagios-0.6.24.tar.gz -C /usr/local/src/

4 - Build and install PNP4Nagios

cd /usr/local/src/pnp4nagios-0.6.24/
./configure --with-nagios-user=naemon --with-nagios-group=naemon
make all
make install
make install-webconf
make install-config
make install-init

5 - Start npcd with OS (and right now)

Redhat / CentOS

chkconfig npcd on
service npcd start

Debian / Ubuntu

update-rc.d npcd defaults
service npcd start


chkconfig -a npcd
service npcd start

6 - Modify pnp4nagios.cfg for Naemon

Redhat / CentOS

vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/pnp4nagios.conf

Ubuntu 13.10

mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/pnp4nagios.conf /etc/apache2/conf-available
ln -sf /etc/apache2/conf-available/pnp4nagios.conf /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/pnp4nagios.conf
vi /etc/apache2/conf-available/pnp4nagios.conf

Debian / Ubuntu / SLES

vi /etc/apache2/conf.d/pnp4nagios.conf

edit row: AuthName “Nagios Access”

replace with: AuthName “Naemon Access”

edit row: AuthUserFile /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users

replace with: AuthUserFile /etc/naemon/htpasswd

7 - Modify config_local.php for Naemon

vi /usr/local/pnp4nagios/etc/config_local.php

edit row: $conf[‘nagios_base’] = “/nagios/cgi-bin”;

replace with: $conf[‘nagios_base’] = “/naemon/cgi-bin”;

8 - Enable Naemon performance data

vi /etc/naemon/naemon.cfg

edit row: process_performance_data=0”

replace with: process_performance_data=1”

Add the following entries at the bottom of /etc/naemon/naemon.cfg to setup performance data settings

# service performance data


9 - Add process performance commands

vi /etc/naemon/conf.d/commands.cfg

Add the following entries at the bottom of /etc/naemon/conf.d/commands.cfg

define command{
       command_name    process-service-perfdata-file
       command_line    /bin/mv /usr/local/pnp4nagios/var/service-perfdata /usr/local/pnp4nagios/var/spool/service-perfdata.$TIMET$

define command{
       command_name    process-host-perfdata-file
       command_line    /bin/mv /usr/local/pnp4nagios/var/host-perfdata /usr/local/pnp4nagios/var/spool/host-perfdata.$TIMET$

10 - Add host performance template

vi /etc/naemon/conf.d/templates/hosts.cfg

Add the following entries at the bottom of /etc/naemon/conf.d/templates/hosts.cfg

define host {
   name host-pnp
   process_perf_data 1
   action_url /pnp4nagios/index.php/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=_HOST_' class='tips' rel='/pnp4nagios/index.php/popup?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=_HOST_
   register 0

After macro expansion, the action_url value is inserted verbatim into an <a href='action_url'>, so the strange quoting is a trick to add extra parameters in HTML.

11 - Add service performance template

vi /etc/naemon/conf.d/templates/services.cfg

Add the following entries at the bottom of /etc/naemon/conf.d/templates/services.cfg

define service {
   name service-pnp
   process_perf_data 1
   action_url /pnp4nagios/index.php/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=$SERVICEDESC$' class='tips' rel='/pnp4nagios/index.php/popup?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=$SERVICEDESC$
   register 0

12 - Restart services

Redhat / CentOS

service httpd restart
service naemon restart

Debian / Ubuntu / SLES

service apache2 restart
service naemon restart

13 - Verify installation of PNP4Nagios

Browse http://server/pnp4nagios and authenticate and verify that everything are OK, fix problems as they occur

14 - Remove PNP4Nagios installation file

rm /usr/local/pnp4nagios/share/install.php

15 - Add performance templates to your host and services

Simply add host-pnp to your host or service-pnp to your services to enable graphs. You can add several templates for each host and service definition.

Host example

define host {
  host_name                      localhost
  alias                          localhost
  use                            linux-server,host-pnp               ; Name of host template to use

Service example

define service {
  service_description            Current Load
  host_name                      localhost
  use                            local-service,service-pnp           ; Name of service template to use
  check_command                  check_local_load!5.0,4.0,3.0!10.0,6.0,4.0