I was just thinking about how Jabber and IM systems in general deal in "presence notification". I thought it'd be a neat hack to have a server (or possibly an individual application) log on to a Jabber account.

This does a couple things.

  1. You have a convenient way to monitor your servers in near-real time.
  2. It opens the possibility to instrumenting your server or app with informational commands that can be accessed through Jabber.

Has anyone seen this implemented?

FYI: Jabber is the protocol behind Google Talk.

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    Might want to reference XMPP (the official name of the protocol created by and used with Jabber), too. May 6, 2009 at 17:32

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JIRA can notify users when a support issue assigned to them is updated by a client: http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRAEXT/JIRA+Jabber+Notifier+Listener

Zutubi supports jabber integration http://coedify.com/products/pulse/features/tour/continuousintegration/

Nagios can notify you via jabber http://www.nagios.org/faqs/viewfaq.php?faq_id=50

In short - yes it is a very cool idea but AFAIK only a very small number of apps support it right now. There are probably a lot more than I have listed here. Unfortunately jabber I haven't seen that many plaaces using jabber personally, the Microsoft Communicator product seems to be taking over.


Check out Nagzilla.

Nagzilla is a daemon, which allows us to get alerts from various systems and event creators. It sits quietly in a room until it gets a message to relay to either a chatroom or a person. Nagzillac (the client program) accepts any string input and makes it into a Jabber message.

-- http://www.hurricanelabs.com/opensource


You might be interested in Vertebra which is...

a framework for orchestrating complex processes in a Cloud. It is designed with an emphasis on security, fault tolerance, and portability.

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