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nsca (4) Versions 0.1.0

Installs/Configures NSCA daemon/client

cookbook 'nsca', '= 0.1.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'nsca', '= 0.1.0'
knife supermarket install nsca
knife supermarket download nsca
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Chef cookbook to install and configure NSCA server/client.



Chef version 0.10.10+ and Ohai 0.6.12+ are required.


  • Debian 6.X, 7.X
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (CentOS/Amazon/Scientific/Oracle) 5.X, 6.X
  • Fedora 22

Notes: This cookbook has been tested on the listed platforms. It may work on other platforms with or without modification.


  • yum-epel



Configure NSCA server.


Configure NSCA client.


platform specific attributes (auto set based on platform)

  • node['nsca']['conf_dir'] - location of the nsca configuration
  • node['nsca']['user'] - NSCA user
  • node['nsca']['group'] - NSCA group
  • node['nsca']['mode'] - chmod configuration file
  • node['nsca']['command_file'] - path to nagios/icinga command pipe
  • node['nsca']['alternate_dump_file'] - path to alternative dump file when pipe is closed

config file options

  • node['nsca']['pid_file'] - path to pid file
  • node['nsca']['server_address'] - address for NSCA binding
  • node['nsca']['nsca_chroot'] - path to NSCA chroot
  • node['nsca']['server_port'] - NSCA port binding
  • node['nsca']['debug'] - This option determines whether or not debugging messages are logged to the syslog facility.
  • node['nsca']['aggregate_writes'] - This option determines whether or not the nsca daemon will aggregate writes to the external command file for client connections that contain multiple check results.
  • node['nsca']['append_to_file'] - This option determines whether or not the nsca daemon will open the external command file for writing or appending.
  • node['nsca']['max_packet_age'] - This option is used by the nsca daemon to determine when client data is too old to be valid.
  • node['nsca']['password'] - This option is used for password if data bag doesn't exist.
  • node['nsca']['decryption_method'] - This option determines the method by which the nsca daemon will decrypt the packets it receives from the clients.

Data bags

Password for NSCA can be described in data bag node['nsca']['data_bag_item']. There should be an item which name is the value of node['nsca']['data_bag_item'].
In our case it is set to data bag "apps" and item to "nsca".

Refer to examples from the "nsca" cookbook:


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write your change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request using Github

License & Authors

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

yum-epel >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Foodcritic Metric

0.1.0 passed this metric