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smokeping_install - How to install SmokePing
This document explains how to setup SmokePing at your site.
SmokePing does not stand alone. It relies on various other tools and
services being present. Apart from a Unix OS and a working Perl
installation you need the following components:
RRDtool 1.2.x or later
Smokeping uses RRDtool for logging and graphing. If your linux
distro provides an rrdtool package with perl support, use this. If
you want to get the latest and greatest version, compile your own:
The official site <http://fping.sourceforge.net/> seems to be a bit
unmaintained. You might want to grab an updated version of fping
Note that fping must be installed setuid root. It seems that older
versions of fping report round trip times in 0.1 milliseconds
instead of 1 milliseconds as advertised ... SmokePing tries to
figure this out. It tells you when it starts ... let me know if it
gets it wrong.
You need this to run the EchoPing probes
You need this for the Curl probe.
You need this for the DNS probe.
You need this for the SSH probe.
Well I won't get much into this. The important thing is, to have a
webserver which allows you to run CGI and preferably FastCGI
scripts. If you are using Apache I strongly recommend using the
suexec system for running CGI scripts as a particular user.
See <http://httpd.apache.org/mod_fcgid/mod/mod_fcgid.html> and
<http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/mod_suexec.html> for more
information on this.
Perl 5.8.8 or later.
If you still have an older version, maybe have a look at perlbrew.
Various Perl modules (Many are optional)
The modules are all available from <http://www.cpan.org> and you
may be able to get them as packages from your distro's repository.
There is also a script provided in the setup folder to install the
missing bits. You will be instructed later on how to use the
The module for supporting FastCGI operation.
Perl CGI/FastCGI support. Might already be installed localy.
The configuration file parser used in smokeping
LWP The master/slave functionality introduced a dependency on
LWP::UserAgent from the libwww-perl (also known as LWP)
library. The module is required even if the master/slave mode
is not enabled.
The Socket6 module enables smokeping to check hostnames that
only resolve to an IPv6 address. If you probe such hosts using
ie. the FPing6 probe and get warnings that those hosts don't
resolve to an IP address, you need to install it.
You need this for the TelnetIOSPing probe.
You need this for the OpenSSHJunOSPing probe.
You need this for the AnotherDNS probe.
You need this for the LDAP probe.
You need this if you want the LDAP probe to be able to use the
You need this for the Radius probe.
Once the tools listed above are in place, you can start setting up
SmokePing itself. Unpack the tar archive and run the included configure
Configure will verify that all the required perl modules are available.
If some are missing it will tell you to run the module build script.
Just follow the instructions on screen and then run configure again.
Once it completes, you can run
to finish your setup.
Use the etc/config.dist file as a template to create your own smokeping
configuration file. See smokeping_config for details.
Installing the webinterface
Copy the content of the PREFIX/htdocs directory to the place where
your webserver expects its data. Maybe to /var/www/smokeping.
Edit the smokeping.fcgi script to point to your smokeping_cgi
If you have no FastCGI support in your webserver, you may want to
use the smokeping.cgi script.
Edit the html template to your likings. Please do not remove the
link to the SmokePing counter and my name from the template. The
content of the template will be renderd by smokeping.cgi. This
means that all embedded links must be relative to smokeping.cgi.
If you are going to use the DYNAMIC IP support, customize the
contents of this file.
Starting the Smokeping Daemon
With all the scaffolding in place, you can now launch the smokeping
daemon and have it gather data for you. First you may want to run it in
debug mode to see what it is doing
./bin/smokeping --config=/opt/smokeping/etc/config --debug
once all is well, start it up as a daemon. I would recomend you enable
the logfile option so that you can see if it runs into trouble.
./bin/smokeping --config=/opt/smokeping/etc/config --logfile=smoke.log
Once the system works, you may want to put a SmokePing startup script
into your /etc/init.d tree. Check out smokeping for further
You can now open the smokeping.cgi webpage to look at your data.
See the smokeping_cgi documentation on how to setup the smokeping web
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