I would like to also monitor non-crucial services with nagios like for example our GitLab-server or phpMyAdmin instance. Is there any way to just create warnings instead of critical errors for some services?

At the moment I'm using the following:

define service {
    host_name localhost
    use generic-service
    service_description HTTP GitLab
    check_command check_www!git.example.com!'/users/sign_in'
}

define command {
    command_name check_www
    command_line /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_http -H '$ARG1$' -I '$HOSTADDRESS$' -e 'HTTP/1.1 200 OK' -u '$ARG2$'
}
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The negate plugin exists for exactly this reason.

Using the -c option, you can change CRITICAL to WARNING. For example, you could do this:

define command {
    command_name check_www_no_crit
    command_line /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/negate -s -c WARNING /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_http -H '$ARG1$' -I '$HOSTADDRESS$' -e 'HTTP/1.1 200 OK' -u '$ARG2$'
}

The issue seems to be that you're using check_http with the -e flag, to check a return code. That plugin doesn't seem to offer the option of returning a WARNING (rather than a CRITICAL) error if the -e check fails.

You would need to write a small shell script wrapper around check_http that passed the output through unchanged, but checked the return code of the plugin, did an exit 1 if the plugin's return code was 2, and passed the return code through unchanged otherwise.

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