Nov 142013

I found a problem with the check_pgsql Nagios plugin last week. It can’t handle names such as It’s a valid database name, as witnessed here:

$ psql -l | grep freshports
freshports.old | dan    | SQL_ASCII | C       | C     | | dan    | SQL_ASCII | C       | C     | 

But it doesn’t work:

$ /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_pgsql  -H slocum -l www -d
check_pgsql: Database name is not valid -
check_pgsql [-H ] [-P ] [-c ] [-w ]
 [-t ] [-d ] [-l ] [-p ]

Hmm, what’s up with that. Looking at the source code, I found this comment:

Valid PostgreSQL database names are less than &NAMEDATALEN;
characters long and consist of letters, numbers, and underscores. The
first character cannot be a number, however.

This seems to be true for most identifiers (a database name is an identifier). But you can also use quoted identifiers, such as “”. To quote: “Quoted identifiers can contain any character, except the character with code zero.

In the meantime, I’ve created another database and I’m testing that one can connect.

A fix 2021-02-14

7 years later and I hit the same problem again today:

[dan@devgit-ingress01:/usr/local/etc/nrpe.d] $ echo /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_pgsql -H -d freshports.devgit -l nagios | sudo su -fm nagios
check_pgsql: Database name is not valid - freshports.devgit
check_pgsql [-H ] [-P ] [-c ] [-w ]
 [-t ] [-d ] [-l ] [-p ]
[-q ] [-C ] [-W ] [-r]

Thomas Hurst suggested patching and I followed up on that. My patch looks like this;

--- plugins/check_pgsql.c.orig	2019-12-04 21:53:08 UTC
+++ plugins/check_pgsql.c
@@ -439,6 +440,8 @@ is_pg_dbname (char *dbname)
 	char tmp[NAMEDATALEN];
 	if (strlen (dbname) > NAMEDATALEN - 1)
 		return (FALSE);
+	return (TRUE);
 	strncpy (txt, dbname, NAMEDATALEN - 1);
 	txt[NAMEDATALEN - 1] = 0;
 	if (sscanf (txt, "%[_a-zA-Z]%[^_a-zA-Z0-9-]", tmp, tmp) == 1)
@@ -446,6 +449,7 @@ is_pg_dbname (char *dbname)
 	if (sscanf (txt, "%[_a-zA-Z]%[_a-zA-Z0-9-]%[^_a-zA-Z0-9-]", tmp, tmp, tmp) ==
 			2) return (TRUE);
 	return (FALSE);

It works:

[dan@devgit-ingress01:/usr/local/etc/nrpe.d] $ echo /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_pgsql -H -d freshports.devgit -l nagios | sudo su -fm nagios
 OK - database freshports.devgit (0.020700 sec.)|time=0.020700s;2.000000;8.000000;0.000000

But I’m moving to Bucardo

In Otis’ tweet, Bucardo was also suggested. There is a FreeBSD port and it was already built and in my package repo. I do recall playing with it before, but I’m not sure where that went or why I didn’t deploy it.

Oh wait, let’s see if I have deployed it:

samdrucker=# select * from hostswithpackage('nagios-check_postgres');
(0 rows)


Nope, it’s not installed anywhere, according to SamDrucker.

I’m just adjusting Ansible scripts now.

Problem within nrpe

I tried using this within net-mgmt/nrpe3 and hit this block:

$ /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_nrpe3 -H devgit-ingress01 -c check_pgsql
NRPE: Unable to read output

Where this was the definition in the nrpe.cfg file:

command[check_pgsql]=/usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_postgres_connection -H -db freshports.devgit --dbuser nagios

I had no idea. I tried adding multiple ‘-v‘ to the command, no help.

I found a known issue which prompted me to add ‘2>&1’ to the end of the above command. Running the command again from my Nagios server, I got this in the debug logs:

[1613332935] CONN_CHECK_PEER: checking if host is allowed: port 9598
[1613332935] Connection from port 9598
[1613332935] is_an_allowed_host (AF_INET): is host >< an allowed host ><
[1613332935] is_an_allowed_host (AF_INET): host is in allowed host list!
[1613332935] Host address is in allowed_hosts
[1613332935] Host is asking for command 'check_pgsql' to be run...
[1613332935] Running command: /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_postgres_connection -H -db freshports.devgit --dbuser nagios 2>&1
[1613332935] Command completed with return code 3 and output: env: perl: No such file or directory
[1613332935] Return Code: 3, Output: env: perl: No such file or directory
[1613332935] Connection from closed.

That was my clue.

[dan@devgit-ingress01:/usr/local/etc/nrpe.d] $ head /usr/local/bin/ 
#!/usr/bin/env perl
# -*-mode:cperl; indent-tabs-mode: nil; cperl-indent-level: 4 -*-

## Perform many different checks against Postgres databases.
## Designed primarily as a Nagios script.
## Run with --help for a summary.
## Greg Sabino Mullane 
## End Point Corporation

I changed that first line to #!/usr/local/bin/perl and it started working.

As Otis pointed out, this might indicate that nrpe does not add ${LOCALBASE}/bin to PATH.

Based on Commands executed by NRPE do not run in a shell, Otis suggested using this:

command[check_pgsql]=/usr/bin/env PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin" /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_postgres_connection -H -db freshports.devgit --dbuser nagios

That worked:

$ /usr/local/libexec/nagios/check_nrpe3 -H devgit-ingress01 -c check_pgsql
POSTGRES_CONNECTION OK: DB "freshports.devgit" ( version 12.5 | time=0.02s 

I have reverted my mangling of /usr/local/bin/check_postgres.p.

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