OMD / Gearman Forwarder

npm i @sakuli/forwarder-gearman

Configure OMD

Sakuli transmits performance data to a Gearman result queue rather than to OMD directly. For that we require a gearman-enabled monitoring system in an OMD environment.

It takes a few steps to set up the monitoring system in order to process Sakuli’s performance data correctly.

Enable and configure mod-gearman

Use the Makefile located in OMD_ROOT/share/sakuli/omd/ to configure mod-gearman:

  • Enable all services for mod-gearman
  • Set the bind IP and port (default:; overwrite with e.g. export GEARMAN_PORT=
  • Set the encryption key (default: sakuli_secret; overwrite with e.g. export GEARMAN_SECRET=mykey)

Then run:

su - <SITE_USER>
cd ~/share/sakuli/setup/omd
make gearman

Due to security reasons, the Makefile will only configure mod-gearman if it is not enabled yet. If it is already enabled inspect the Makefile, read the instruction carefully and execute the steps by hand.

For PRODUCTION usage please use individual encryption keys!

If you do not want to use encryption at all, enable accept_clear_results and disable sakuli.forwarder.gearman.encryption:

vim ~/etc/mod-gearman/server.cfg


Gearman proxy (optional)

Use the Sakuli gearman proxy script if you want to intervene between the communication of Sakuli and Naemon/Nagios.

Possible use cases:

  • Changes parts of the messages Sakuli sends to the monitoring system ⇒ there are some examples contained already
  • Getting notified when Sakuli sends results to services that do not exist
  • Auto-create services for incoming results (not yet implemented)

Use the Makefile located in $OMD_ROOT/share/sakuli/ to enable the feature:

su - <SITE_USER>
cd n/share/sakuli/setup/omd
make gearman_proxy

Edit etc/mod-gearman/sakuli_gearman_proxy.cfg :

$remoteHost=""; #1
$remotePort="4730"; #1
$localHost=""; #2
$localPort="4730"; #2
$queues = {
    "$remoteHost:$remotePort/check_results_sakuli"  => "$localHost:$localPort/check_results",
}; #3 + 4

$err_h = 'error_host'; #5
$err_s = 'eror_svc';
$err_r = '2'; #6
  1. Gearman IP/Port listening for Sakuli results. Set this to the same values as <2> unless is running on another system
  2. Gearman IP/Port for the monitoring system
  3. check_results_sakuli ⇒ queue name to receive Sakuli results. Make sure this queue name is defined in property sakuli.forwarder.gearman.server.queue on all Sakuli clients (see Sakuli Client Configuration)
  4. check_results ⇒ default queue of mod-gearman where gearman workers write back their results (no need to change that)
  5. The proxy does a live status query for each incoming package to ensure that the receiving host/service exists. It provides a special “error host/service” pair where the proxy can send a message in case of results coming back for non-existent services
  6. Status of the messages for non-existent services (2 = CRITICAL)
su - <SITE_USER>
omd start sakuli_gearman_proxy
# Starting sakuli_gearman_proxy...OK

Check that the queue check_results_sakuli is running in addition to the default queue check_results.

OMD[demo]:~$ gearman_top
2017-06-09 13:37:28  -  localhost:4730  -  v0.33

 Queue Name           | Worker Available | Jobs Waiting | Jobs Running
 check_results        |               1  |           0  |           0
 check_results_sakuli |               1  |           0  |           0

This change does affect other monitoring checks executed with mod-gearman, because only Sakuli will send results into the queue check_results_sakuli.

Create a Nagios service

Create a service which should receive Sakuli test results. Host/service names derive from the following properties:

  • Host: sakuli.forwarder.gearman.nagios.hostname (defined globally or via suite)
  • Service: (defined in

OMD configuration:

define host {
  host_name                      sakuli_client
  alias                          sakuli_client
  address                        __SAKULI_CLIENT_IP__
  use                            generic-host

define service {
  service_description            example_xfce
  host_name                      sakuli_client
  use                            tpl_s_sakuli_gearman
  freshness_threshold            180

The freshness_threshold should be slightly higher than the interval during which Sakuli tests are executed.

The check is waiting now for check results from a Sakuli client.

Sakuli Configuration

You must set the global properties for the gearman receiver on the Sakuli client. For doing this, edit in the folder containing the testsuites:

Property Default Effect
sakuli.forwarder.gearman.enabled false Enable forwarding to OMD
sakuli.forwarder.gearman.encryption true Enable encryption and set the key only if you did not activate accept_clear_results in mod-gearman. Otherwise, set encryption to false
sakuli.forwarder.gearman.secret.key secret-password The password configured in enable and configure mod-gearman The host where OMD is running
sakuli.forwarder.gearman.server.port 4730 The port where gearman is listing (configured in enable and configure mod-gearman)
sakuli.forwarder.gearman.server.queue check_results The default queue for Sakuli