[Nagiosplug-devel] Obsoleted contrib and tarballs files

Ethan Galstad nagios at nagios.org
Mon Jun 27 15:32:01 CEST 2005

On 26 Jun 2005 at 22:33, Andreas Ericsson wrote:

> sean finney wrote:
> > hey,
> > 
> > On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 12:17:08PM +0200, Andreas Ericsson wrote:
> > 
> >>check_rbl.c, rblcheck* - abusive and cause for black-listing (which
> >>is funny, since they check for blacklisted domains)
> > 
> > 
> > abusive because of the typical frequency, or what?
> > 
> Yes. I'm not completely positive how it works, but being run with a 15
> minute interval makes it stop working after about 3 hours. It also
> pollutes the black-lists.
> > 
> >>check_mem.pl - easily obsoleted by a fork of check_swap (or
> >>__progname logic).
> > 
> > 
> > then i'll leave this around until then.
> > 
> > 
> >>check_timeout.c - should really be in nagios/testing of the nagios
> >>core distribution, or dropped completely.
> > 
> > 
> > don't know enough about what this one does.
> > 
> It times out. It can't do any competent work and is designed only to
> test Nagios' capability of slaying misbehaving plugins. I have a few
> other plugins which are equally useless for end users, so I'll submit
> them to the core project or perhaps build a small tarball of my own.
> It should only be used by very few very devoted beta-testers, so it's
> probably best to keep them separated from anything resembling "live"
> plugins.

Timing out can be useful, and not just for debugging purposes.  This 
should definitely stay in the plugin distribution - I'm not planning 
on taking any plugins back into the main Nagios distribution.  If its 
still there, check_dummy should stay as well.

Also, it seems like there should be more input from plugin developers 
and users before a whole swath of plugins gets nuked from the CVS 
repository.  Unless the complete functionality of some of the 
deceased plugins is implemented by the remaining survivors, why 
should they be removed?  Sure, check_ftpget.pl and check_dl_size.pl 
(for example) may be insecure or inefficient, but so what if those 
are the things you need to monitor as an admin?  I'm sure there was a 
valid reason that someone submitted the check_rbl.c plugin and 
related friends.  If someone needs the functionality those plugins 
provide, why should we nuke them?  Just my two cents.

Ethan Galstad,
Nagios Developer
Email: nagios at nagios.org
Website: http://www.nagios.org

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