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xymonproxy - Xymon message proxy

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xymonproxy - Xymon message proxy


xymonproxy [options] --server=$XYMSRV


xymonproxy(8) is a proxy for forwarding Xymon messages from one server to another. It will typically be needed if you have clients behind a firewall, so they cannot send status messages to the Xymon server directly.
xymonproxy serves three purposes. First, it acts as a regular proxy server, allowing clients that cannot connect directly to the Xymon servers to send data. Although xymonproxy is optimized for handling status messages, it will forward all types of messages, including notes- and data-messages.
Second, it acts as a buffer, smoothing out peak loads if many clients try to send status messages simultaneously. xymonproxy can absorb messages very quickly, but will queue them up internally and forward them to the Xymon server at a reasonable pace.
Third, xymonproxy merges small "status" messages into larger "combo" messages. This can dramatically decrease the number of connections that need to go from xymonproxy to the Xymon server. The merging of messages causes "status" messages to be delayed for up to 0.25 seconds before being sent off to the Xymon server.


Specifies the IP-address and optional portnumber where incoming messages are forwarded to. The default portnumber is 1984, the standard Xymon port number. If you have setup the normal Xymon environment, you can use "--server=$XYMSRV". Up to 3 servers can be specified; incoming messages are sent to all of them (except "config", "query" and "download" messages, which go to the LAST server only). If you have Xymon clients sending their data via this proxy, note that the clients will receive their configuration data from the LAST of the servers listed here. This option is required.
Specifies the IP-adress where xymonproxy listens for incoming connections. By default, xymonproxy listens on all IP-addresses assigned to the host. If no portnumber is given, port 1984 will be used.
Specifies the number of seconds after which a connection is aborted due to a timeout. Default: 10 seconds.
If given, this option causes xymonproxy to send a status report every 5 minutes to the Xymon server about itself. If you have set the standard Xymon environment, you can use "--report=xymonproxy" to have xymonproxy report its status to a "xymonproxy" column in Xymon. The default for PROXYHOSTNAME is the $MACHINE environment variable, i.e. the hostname of the server running xymonproxy. See REPORT OUTPUT below for an explanation of the report contents.
Size of the listen-queue where incoming connections can queue up before being processed. This should be large to accommodate bursts of activity from clients. Default: 512.
Run in daemon mode, i.e. detach and run as a background process. This is the default.
Runs xymonproxy as a foreground process.
Specifies the location of a file containing the process-ID of the xymonproxy daemon process. Default: /var/run/
Sends all logging output to the specified file instead of stderr.
Log details (IP-address, message type and hostname) to the logfile. This can also be enabled and disabled at run-time by sending the xymonproxy process a SIGUSR1 signal.
Enable debugging output.


If enabled via the "--report" option, xymonproxy will send a status message about itself to the Xymon server once every 5 minutes.
The status message includes the following information:
Incoming messages
The total number of connections accepted from clients since the proxy started. The "(N msgs/second)" is the average number of messages per second over the past 5 minutes.
Outbound messages
The total number of messages sent to the Xymon server. Note that this is probably smaller than the number of incoming messages, since xymonproxy merges messages before sending them.
Incoming - Combo messages
The number of "combo" messages received from a client.
Incoming - Status messages
The number of "status" messages received from a client. xymonproxy attempts to merge these into "combo" messages. The "Messages merged" is the number of "status" messages that were merged into a combo message, the "Resulting combos" is the number of "combo" messages that resulted from the merging.
Incoming - Other messages
The number of other messages (data, notes, ack, query, ...) messages received from a client.
Proxy resources - Connection table size
This is the number of connection ta