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I have to configure SNMP trap receiver to handle traps from a particular device (in this case it is a IBM TS3584 Tape Library) and send them over (as e-mail) with the information about the error. My server is running CentOS 6.4 linux, with net-snmp package.

I have connected to the library and I am able to receive its test trap. Additionaly I've downloaded the MIBs for this device (from here: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ssg1S4000318), and verified that I can get the values (or OID) of a particular event:

snmpwalk -v2c -c public -m +IBM-TS3500-MIBv2 ibm3584MIBObjectsTD
**IBM-TS3500-MIBv1::ibm3584MIBObjectsTD.0 = STRING: "This is a test SNMP trap."**

snmptranslate -m +IBM-TS3500-MIBv2 -IR -On ibm3584MIBObjectsTD

The whole trap (from /var/log/messages) looks like this:

2013-08-27 15:49:37 UDP: []:1795->[]) TRAP,
SNMP v1, community public#012#011SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.4484.1 Enterprise Specific
Trap (408) Uptime: 1:00:10.45#012#011SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. =
STRING: "3584 L32 7814014"#011SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = STRING: "
0"#011SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = ""#011SNMPv2
SMI::enterprises. = STRING: "08"#011SNMPv2
SMI::enterprises. = STRING: "This is a test SNMP trap."#011SNMPv2
SMI::enterprises. = INTEGER: 1#011SNMPv2
SMI::enterprises. = STRING: "00000"

My question is: is there any software (linux, non gui) which can handle the traps received in this format and basing on the severity (which is one value in the SNMP trap) send an e-mail using the informations provided in a trap? I've tried Cacti, but I couldn't find any notification options (except an old plugin with no documentation), and although I managed cacti to speak with my device (reading its name/location etc.) its useless. AFAIK Nagios has the plugin for TS3200/3300 Libraries, but I can't use Nagios.

So I'm thinking if I have to write my own parser tailing /var/log/messages for snmp traps and search for the informations or is there any solution I can use?

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Update2: http://www.net-snmp.org/docs/man/snmptrapd.html Search for more.

Update: net-snmp trap receiver snmptrapd.


Do you want a full monitoring system that can handle traps? If so, try Opennms. It is the most mature of the open source monitoring products.

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Thanks for the tip. I don't need a full monitoring system for now, but I will sure dig into Opennms - maybe it will be handy in the future. For now I need to parse these particular traps and (in case of error) send e-mail containing the information from the trap. EDIT: Yes, I am using snmptrapd right now to capture the trap, but I don't know how to pass it, as the documentation in the link you provided for snmptrapd is not yet written. EDIT2: Yes, I've read this man page, but I didn't find any useful information regarding my problem. –  Ziwi Aug 27 '13 at 15:09

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