Monitoring Process Counts and Alerting Via Email

Below is a sim­ple script called monitor_jboss, which checks to see if jboss is run­ning and whether or not too many instances are cur­rent­ly run­ning. I found a need to write this script because we have some cron scripts which auto­mat­i­cal­ly restart JBoss each day and the JBoss shut­down script itself some­times fails to prop­er­ly shut down, caus­ing some quirky behav­ior.

If it deter­mi­nes that one of the fol­low­ing con­di­tions are true, it sends a short email to the address spec­i­fied in the vari­able email describ­ing the prob­lem.

  • JBoss is not run­ning at all
  • Jboss has more than max instances run­ning

This script is then placed in /etc/cron.d/cron.hourly/ where it will check the sys­tem once an hour and send an email as appro­pri­ate.


# email addresses to send the message to

# maximum number of concurrently running instances allowed

# determine the number of running instances
count_running_jbosses=$(ps aux | grep jboss | grep -v grep | grep -v monitor_jboss  | wc -l)

if [ $count_running_jbosses -eq "0" ]            # jboss isn't running
        message="JBoss Is Currently Not Running"
if [ $count_running_jbosses >  $max ]           # too many jboss instances running
        message="JBoss Is Currently Running $count_running_jbosses instances; the maximum is $max"

subject="JBOSS MONITORING ALERT FOR: $(hostname)"

echo "$message" | /bin/mail -s "$subject" "$email"