I needed a script that checks:

  • whether a cronjob ran at its determined date (that means it runs regulary)
  • if the cronjob ran successfully

It should also be monitor-able via Nagios. That means, it should provide a meaningful output for when something went wrong with the cronjob, e.g. “CRITICAL: cronjob did not run!”

Of course, someone already had the same requirements and built a Perl-script for it, which in turn can be used as a NRPE-plugin.

For this, the cronjob to be monitored has to be edited to log every output and it’s exit code to a logfile. The script then does the above mentioned checks. You can find a more detailed explanation here.

The Perl script is missing two things:

  1. both parameters (last execution time and exit code) are mandatory
  2. a Python implementation!

To fix these things, I wrote a small script by myself, that is hosted on Github and here (since it’s rather small):

#!/usr/bin/env python

This script can check whether a file was last modified before a time X. If it was modified after that,
an error is raised. It can also check, whether the file contains
 a specific string (e.g. "exit 0"). If it's not there, an error is raised.

 check_exit_code.py --exitcode -t 20 /path/to/logfile

import os
import argparse
import time
import re

# Parse arguments
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(

parser.add_argument("logfile", help="Specify the logfile to monitor.")
parser.add_argument("-t", "--time", help="Time in minutes which a log file can be unmodified before raising CRITICAL"
                                     " alert.", type=int)
parser.add_argument("--exitcode", help="If specified, check if \"exit 0\" exists in logfile.", action="store_true")

args = parser.parse_args()

if not (args.time or args.exitcode):
    print "At least one argument (--time, --exitcode) is required."

log = args.logfile

# Check if file exists and is readable by user
    f = open(log)
except IOError:
    print "Cannot open the file. Check if it exists and you have the right permissions to open it."

# check exit code
if args.exitcode:
    logfile = f.read()
    if not re.search("exit 0", logfile, flags=re.I):
        print "CRITICAL: Exit code not found in File %s" % log

# Check last file modification time
if args.time:
    # File Modification time in seconds since epoch
    file_mod_time = os.stat(log).st_mtime

    # Time in seconds since epoch for time, in which logfile can be unmodified.
    t = time.time()
    should_time = t - (args.time * 3600)

    # Time in minutes since last modification of file
    last_time = (t - file_mod_time) / 60

    if last_time > args.time:
        print "CRITICAL: {} last modified {:.2f} minutes. Threshold set to {:.2f} minutes".format(log, last_time,

# If nothin went wrong, print OK and exit.
print "OK. Exitcode found or last modification time not exceeded."

Related posts: