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I have this in a monit script (lines 11-13):

check program foo with
    path "/usr/local/bin/" with timeout 300 seconds
       if status != 0 then alert

monit reload says:

/etc/monit/conf.d/example:13: Error: syntax error ''

None of the examples show an email with the alert, but I need one. Why can I not give one here?

I'm using Monit 5.5.

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Uncomment/Add these lines in your monit config file:

set mailserver localhost
set alert

Then do something like the following. Notice that there is nothing after "alert".

check program list-files with path "/bin/ls -lrt /tmp/"
     if status != 0 then alert
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Check the documentation at it has the following example

check process mybar with pidfile /var/run/
  alert foo@bar only on { timeout }
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I saw that example, but how does it relate to this? That example says "each service can have its own recipient list." How is this statement a service? And it also shows that a legal alert in that context has only an email address, no "only on { timeout }". – dfrankow Apr 4 '13 at 14:02

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