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Solaris disk utilization(including zones) script & sending to mysql


I have been writing scripts to automate my solaris admin tasks. currently i am handling more than 250 sun servers and my primary focus area is solaris nowadays. Somehow linux came to 2nd priority

today i am posting some script to monitor disk utilization of solaris server including zones(containers). And this script will send result to mysql database directly .you need to run this script on global zone and you than set the disk check threshold value also.

To connect to mysql, you need to install mysql-client package. ie simple compile & make. you can download mysql-client from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.1.html. For compiling this package , you need Compilers and other development tools. You can get all this from sun studio. Install sun studio and include studio in your PATH.


#Created By – Ben George – ben@benvin.net
IFS=$’\n’ read -d ” -ra filesystem < <(df -h | egrep -e ‘/dev/dsk|pool’)
IFS=$’\n’ read -d ” -ra zonename < <(zoneadm list)
DATE=$(/usr/bin/date |awk ‘{print $3″-“$2”-“$6}’)
ipaddress=$(ifconfig -a | grep inet | grep -v ‘’ | awk ‘NR>1{ print $2}’| head -1)
for i in “${!zonename[@]}”;do

if [ “${zonename[$i]}” = “global” ];then
for i in “${!filesystem[@]}”;do
percentage=$(echo “${filesystem[$i]}” | awk ‘{print $5}’ | sed ‘s/%/ /g’)
if [ $percentage -gt 50 ];then
mountpoint=$(echo “${filesystem[$i]}” | awk ‘{print $6}’)
echo $HOSTNAME $ipaddress $mountpoint “:” $percentage”%”
/opt/mysql/bin/mysql –host= –user=root –password=Redhat server_daily << EOF
insert into filesystem (hostname,ipaddress,time,filesystem_name,percentage) values(‘$HOSTNAME’,’$ipaddress’,’$DATE’,’$mountpoint’,’$percentage’);
echo “${zonename[$i]}”
IFS=$’\n’ read -d ” -ra zonefilesystem < <(zonecfg -z “${zonename[$i]}” info | egrep ‘pool|dir:’ | awk ‘{print $2}’)
for j in “${!zonefilesystem[@]}”;do
echo “${zonefilesystem[$j]}” | while read n;do
zonepercentage=$(zlogin “${zonename[$i]}” df -h “${zonefilesystem[$j]}” | awk ‘NR>1{print $5}’ | sed ‘s/%/ /g’)
if [ $zonepercentage -gt 50 ];then
zone_mountpoint=$(zlogin “${zonename[$i]}” df -h “${zonefilesystem[$j]}” | awk ‘NR>1{print $6}’)
zone_hostname=$(zlogin “${zonename[$i]}” hostname)
zone_ip=$(zlogin “${zonename[$i]}” ifconfig -a | grep inet | grep -v ‘’ | awk ‘{ print $2}’)
echo $zone_hostname $zone_ip $zone_mountpoint “:” $zonepercentage”%”
/opt/mysql/bin/mysql –host= –user=root –password=Redhat server_daily << EOF
insert into filesystem (hostname,ipaddress,time,filesystem_name,percentage) values(‘$zone_hostname’,’$zone_ip’,’$DATE’,’$zone_mountpoint’,’$zonepercentage’);


How to audit solaris commands like rm,mv,cron,zip… as realtime


we faced one issue in production solaris machine like someone/some program is deleting one directory sometimes. I decided to explore more on this and finally found Dtrace , that comes with solaris bundle



DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework created by Sun Microsystems for troubleshooting kerneland application problems on production systems in real time. Originally developed for Solaris, it has since been released under the free Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and has been ported to several other Unix-like systems.


DTrace can be used to get a global overview of a running system, such as the amount of memory, CPU time, filesystem and network resources used by the active processes. It can also provide much more fine-grained information, such as a log of the arguments with which a specific function is being called, or a list of the processes accessing a specific file.


Here i am showing some simple script to trace the commands and send output to file. After that we can logrotate that based on size bcoz this will dump huge lines of putput


create a file with below script and start that script with nohup, that’s it



dtrace -qn ‘syscall::unlink*:entry { printf(“%d, %s, %Y, %s\n”, uid, execname, walltimestamp, copyinstr(arg0));}syscall::fsat:entry  /arg0 == 5 / { printf(“%d, %s, %Y ,%s\n”, uid, execname, walltime

stamp, copyinstr(arg2));}’ | tee -a /var/tmp/spora.log



How to install PAC Manager On Fedora

PAC is a Perl/GTK replacement for SecureCRT/Putty/etc (linux ssh/telnet/… gui)… It provides a GUI to configure connections: users, passwords, EXPECT regular expressions, macros, etc.


  • Unique linux app to implement SecureCRT’s functionality (more or less!)
  • Remote and local macros
  • Remotely send commands with EXPECT regexp
  • Cluster connections!! Connections on same cluster share keystrokes!!
  • Scripting support! (vía Perl code)
  • Serial/tty connection via cu/tip/remote-tty connections!!
  • Pre/post connections local executions
  • TABS OR WINDOWS for connections!!
  • Proxy support
  • KeePass integration!
  • Wake On LAN capabilities
  • Possibility to split terminals in the same TAB!
  • Quick acces to configured connections via tray menu icon
  • Best linux GUI for ssh, telnet, sftp, rdesktop, vnc, cu, remote-tty, ftp, etc
  • DEB, RPM & .TAR.GZ packages available!!
  • More to come (ASA I find time!)
  • FREE (GNU GPLv3)

Download package from : http://sourceforge.net/projects/pacmanager/files/pac-4.0/


Install Dependency packages by using yum


# sudo yum install perl-YAML uuid-perl perl-Gtk2-GladeXML perl-Crypt-CBC perl-Socket6 perl-Net-ARP perl-Gtk2-Ex-Simple-List perl-Crypt-Blowfish perl-Net-SSH-Expect perl-IO-Stty vte tigervnc rdesktop

UPDATE: When you face issue with PAC manager Opening, please follow below steps.

First of all, install (yum or whatever method you prefer) the “Vte development” package (it’s very small, so don’t worry).
In Debian, is called ‘libvte-dev’, but in RedHat (and derivatives) I think it’s named ‘vte-devel’. So, something like:

yum install vte-devel

should work.


# wget http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/authors/id/X/XA/XAOC/Gnome2-Vte-0.11.tar.gz
# tar xfz Gnome2-Vte-0.11.tar.gz
# cd Gnome2-Vte-0.11/
# perl Makefile.PL make

At this point, please, modify your ‘/opt/pac/lib/ex/vte64/auto/Gnome2/Vte/Vte.so’ with the newly complied one ‘blib/arch/auto/Gnome2/Vte/Vte.so’. So, do:

sudo cp -f blib/arch/auto/Gnome2/Vte/Vte.so /opt/pac/lib/ex/vte64/auto/Gnome2/Vte/



How to create automatic home directories in Solaris 10

To achieve automatic home-directory creation in solaris is little bit difficult. If it is NFS/NIS, we can achieve this through autofs(auto_mater) method. I saw many other post saying that they have achieved this with LDAP by using scripts. I Tried the same method with scripts and it didn’t worked for me.


There is another way we can achieve this by using pluggable authentication modules(PAM).Compared to linux, solaris PAM is very limited and there is not much modules on it.


Here is the summery :


1. installed sun studio( To get gcc and other development tools)
2. compiled Linux PAM modules on solaris
3. copied the modules to security directory
4. included module in /etc/pam.conf


Download and install Solaris Studio : http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solarisstudio/downloads/index-jsp-141149.html


Download and extract Linux PAM modules : http://www.linux-pam.org/pre/library/Linux-PAM-0.81.tar.gz


export PATH


cd /var/tmp/Linux-PAM-0.81
cp _pam_aconf.h libpam/include/security
cd modules/pammodutil
gcc -c -O2 -D_REENTRANT -DPAM_DYNAMIC -Wall -fPIC -I../../libpam/include -I../../libpamc/include -Iinclude modutil_cleanup.c
gcc -c -O2 -D_REENTRANT -DPAM_DYNAMIC -Wall -fPIC -I../../libpam/include -I../../libpamc/include -Iinclude modutil_ioloop.c
gcc -c -O2 -D_REENTRANT -DPAM_DYNAMIC -Wall -fPIC -I../../libpam/include -I../../libpamc/include -Iinclude modutil_getpwnam.c -D_POSIX_PTHREAD_SEMANTICS
cd ../pam_mkhomedir
gcc -c -O2 -D_REENTRANT -DPAM_DYNAMIC -Wall -fPIC -I../../libpam/include -I../../libpamc/include -I../pammodutil/include pam_mkhomedir.c
ld -o pam_mkhomedir.so -B dynamic -G -lc pam_mkhomedir.o ../pammodutil/modutil_*.o
cp pam_mkhomedir.so /usr/lib/security/pam_mkhomedir.so.1
cd /usr/lib/security
ln -s pam_mkhomedir.so.1 pam_mkhomedir.so


finally comment /home in /etc/auto_master file


restart autofs:
svcadm disable autofs
avcadm enable autofs


include pam_mkhomedir.so in /etc/pam.conf


other session required pam_mkhomedir.so.1 skel=/etc/skel/ umask=0022

Linux Shell Script For Monitoring System network with ping command

Here is a simple script to monitor server IP status with lock. Script will send only 1 email when IP is not reachable.If it came back, it will send another mail



while true
CS=$(ping -c $COUNT $SERVER | grep ‘received’ | awk -F’,’ ‘{ print $2 }’ | awk ‘{ print $1 }’)
if [ $DEBUG -eq 1 ]
echo “STATUS = $CS”
if [ $CS -ne 0 ]
echo “$SERVER is up”

elif [ $CS -eq 0 ]
echo “$SERVER is down”
if [ $CS -ne 0 ] && [ $FAILED -eq 0 ]
if [ $DEBUG -eq 1 ]
echo “$SERVER is back up”
if [ $DEBUG = 0 ]
echo “$SERVER is came up at $(date)” | /bin/mailx -s “$SERVER is came up at ” -r “$SENDEREMAIL” “$NOTIFYEMAIL”
elif [ $CS -eq 0 ] && [ $FAILED -eq 1 ]
if [ $DEBUG -eq 1 ]
echo “$SERVER failed”
if [ $DEBUG = 0 ]
echo “$SERVER went down $(date)” | /bin/mailx -s “$SERVER went down ” -r “$SENDEREMAIL” “$NOTIFYEMAIL”
sleep $PAUSE


Automount samba shares from fstab

To Configure Automount of Cifs/Smbfs (windows share) ,make sure you installed cifs-utils add the share details to /etc/fstab


Samba share , password protected shares
//host/share /mnt/share cifs defaults,credentials=/etc/fstab_credentials 0 0


And add the authentication detais to /etc/fstab_credentials. If the file not there, create one with below details




After that issue mount -a to re-read fstab


Redhat -6 Local and Online Repo creation script

Hi Friends.


I was testing some backup software’s, each day i used to create separate Virtual Machine on my Vmware. After installation of RHEL 6, configuring local and online repos are my first job (I am bit lazy to do this every time).


For that i created a shell script to do this things automatically.


I am not a scripting expert. Here is my script. I tested with Rhel6 only