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Weekend Project: Monitor Your Server with StatusNet Updates

May 23, 2010, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Summer is almost here; do you really want to spend it sitting indoors and monitoring the health of a running server or daemon? Rather than resign yourself to that fate, why not set up your system to post important messages, from regular status updates to emergency messages, through a microblogging service like It's easier than you might think.

"There are several different ways you can make use of a microblogging service to keep an eye on your server (or, for that matter, desktop machine), depending on what kinds of message you want to receive. You can tail log files and repeat the output in a feed, run a periodic cron job to collect statistics and send out the results as a form of "heartbeat monitor," or have batch processes send notifications when they complete. You can even configure existing open source monitoring services to use the service directly, or through email- or SMS-gateways."

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