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[Announce] monit 4.1-beta5

From: Jan-Henrik Haukeland
Subject: [Announce] monit 4.1-beta5
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 01:04:11 +0200
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The monit 4.1-beta5 is available from:


We decided to add a last minute feature before the 4.1 release; The
possibility to define a read-only web user. That is, a user who can
only view the monit web interface but cannot change a service. You can
read about this feature in the "Basic Authentication" section here:

Speaking about features, I will also like to bring to your attention
the new and very cool send/expect feature. Now it's possible to write
a protocol test (for text based protocols) in the monitrc file, simply
by using send and expect strings. You can read more about this feature
in the "Connection testing" section here:

And this is an example, demonstrating how send/expect can be used to
check a web server:

 check process apache with pidfile /var/run/
       start "/etc/init.d/httpd start"
       stop  "/etc/init.d/httpd stop"
       if failed host port 80 
          send "GET / HTTP/1.0\r\nHost:\r\n\r\n"
          expect "HTTP/[0-9\.]{3} 200 .*\r\n"
          then alert 
       alert address@hidden

We do not have anymore planned features for the 4.1 release and this
will be the last beta release and 4.1 will soon be promoted to a full
release unless errors should be discovered. Please download this beta
release and help us test it.


There are important changes, both bugfixes and new features. Please
see the CHANGELOG, see also the changes from previous betas just

To get a quick overview of some of the new features in this release,
please check out the on-line presentation at (included in the software

You can also view the updated presentation with a flash enabled
Browser from this URL:


And you can browse through the updated manual here (included):


Changes in this beta from previous beta releases (most recently
changes first):

*  Support for read-only user access added to web interface

*  If a SSL client certificate is not defined, monit will not print an
   error message. This is to avoid any misunderstandings about SSL not

*  Fixed build problems on Solaris and FreeBSD.

*  Fixed a bug that allowed duplicate entries under certain
   circumstances in the control file.

*  Fixed the bug in the icmp ping test that caused the ping test not
   to work properly.

*  Changed the check host test so if an icmp ping test is defined,
   this if-test will run first and if the ping test should fail we
   assume that the connection to the host is down and monit does not
   continue to test any port connections.

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