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uptime (3) Versions 0.2.0

Installs/Configures fzaninotto/uptime

cookbook 'uptime', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'uptime', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install uptime
knife supermarket download uptime
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uptime cookbook

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This cookbook installs and runs the uptime http service monitoring application and runs it as a non-privileged user.

Supported Platforms

So far Ubuntu 12.04, and 14.04 are is the only fully supported platform - due to use of an Upstart service script. If you are using another platform, using the upstart::install and upstart::database recipes and your own service provider should work for you.


<table> <tr> <th>Key</th> <th>Type</th> <th>Description</th> <th>Default</th> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['repo']['url']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>Git URL for cloning the application source from</td> <td><tt>""</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['repo']['ref']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>Git Ref (branch/tag/commit sha) to be checked out</td> <td><tt>"d9cc96cc835b65577e9bc8c94625eb2706a1b923"</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['url']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>URL (with optional port) to bind to - should be 1024 or higher as runs unprivileged</td> <td><tt>"http://#{node['fqdn']}:8082"</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['plugins']</tt></td> <td>Array</td> <td>An array of bundled plugin names to load</td> <td><tt>['console', 'patternMatcher', 'httpOptions', 'email']</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['monitor']</tt></td> <td>Hash</td> <td>Keys for any option under the 'monitor' section of config.yml may be set</td> <td><tt>{"pollingInterval": 10000, "timeout": 5000}</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['analyzer']</tt></td> <td>Hash</td> <td>Keys for any option under the 'analyzer' section of config.yml may be set</td> <td><tt>{"updateInterval": 60000, "qosAggregationInterval": 600000, "pingHistory": 8035200000}</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['mongo']['user']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>MongoDB username</td> <td><tt>"uptime"</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['app_uptime']['mongo']['password']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>MongoDB password</td> <td><tt>A secure randomly generated value by openssl</tt></td> </tr> </table>



Include uptime::default in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [

If you are using chef-solo, then you will need to manually set a password for the mongodb instance ['app_uptime']['mongo']['password'] = 'pleasepickyourownpassword'. chef-client when used with a server (either open source or enterprise) - will automatically generate and store a password in the same attribute.

It is also recommended to put a web server such as apache or nginx in front of this as a proxy, as this application is intentionally run as a non-privileged user, which means it cannot be run on port 80 or 443 directly.


This cookbook also provides an LWRP for programmatically adding URLs to check

uptime_check 'redmine' do
  url ""

Action's supported: :create (the default - creates or updates) and :delete. The name and url attributes are required. All others are optional, and leave the defaults up to the API

<table> <tr> <th>Param</th> <th>Type</th> <th>Description</th> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>name</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>The label/name to display in the interface</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>url</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>The URL to monitor</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>type</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>Optional - can specify non http(s) checks using this</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>interval</tt></td> <td>Integer</td> <td>Time between checks in (seconds)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>maxTime</tt></td> <td>Integer</td> <td>Time until considered timed out (milliseconds)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>alertTreshold</tt></td> <td>Integer</td> <td>Down for this many checks before alerting (Param name not a typo)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>tags</tt></td> <td>Array</td> <td>An Array of strings, to tag your check with (e.g. datacenter)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>isPaused</tt></td> <td>Boolean</td> <td>Set to true to temporarily disable the check, set to false to enable again</td> </tr> </table>


  • Support service configurations for running the uptime process on other platforms
  • Add an optional nginx proxy recipe


This cookbook is tested on ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 This cookbook has a test kitchen setup to converge the recipes on those platforms locally.

To run those tests:


  • Install the ruby development dependencies: gem install bundler && bundle install
  • Install vagrant
  • Install VirtualBox
  • vagrant plugin install vagrant-omnibus
  • vagrant plugin install vagrant-berkshelf


# Code linting (also run on CI)
rake style
# Integration tests (Not currently run on CI)
kitchen verify all


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (i.e. add-new-recipe)
  3. Write you change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request

License and Authors

License: Apachev2

Author:: Jeremy Olliver (

Dependent cookbooks

mongodb >= 0.0.0
nodejs >= 0.0.0
openssl >= 0.0.0
git >= 0.0.0
build-essential >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


Breaking Changes:

  • Default listen location changed from http://FQDN:3000 -> http://localhost:8082

New Features:

  • Includes an LWRP. You can now define checks with uptime_check


Initial release of uptime

  • Features
    • Installs app from github source
    • Installs npm
    • Installs mongodb
    • Runs app as Upstart service for ubuntu

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