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NAV has a number of back-end processes. This page attempts to give an overview of them.
The following figure used to complements this document, but is getting a bit outdated (it hasn't been updated since NAV 3.2).
The shell command
nav list lists all back-end processes.
nav status tells you if they are running as they should.
With reference to the
nav list, jump directly to the relevant section in this document:
nav list gives you this list:
|Brief description||Collects SNMP data from equipment in the netbox table and stores data regarding the equipment in a number of tables. Does not build topology.|
|Depends upon||Seed data must be filled in the netbox table, using the Seed Database tool|
|Updates tables||netbox, netboxsnmpoid, netboxinfo, device, module, gwportprefix, prefix, vlan, interface, swportallowedvlan|
|Run mode||Daemon process|
|Default scheduling|| Polling is organized into jobs in |
|Alias||Mac-to-switch port collector / getBoksMacs / cam logger|
|Brief description||Collects mac addresses behind switch table data for all switches (cat GSW, SW, EDGE). The process also checks for spanning tree blocked ports.|
|Depends upon||ipdevpoll must have created the swport tables for the switches.|
|Updates tables||cam (mac adresses), netboxinfo (CDP neighbors), swp_netbox (the candidate list for the physical topology builder), swportblocked (switch ports that are blocked by spannning for a given vlan).|
|Default scheduling||every 15 minutes ( 11,26,41,56 * * * * ). 24 threads as default|
|Further doc||NAVMore report ch 2.1 (Norwegian), tigaNAV report ch 5.4.5 and ch 5.5.3|
The following is cut and paste from the referenced chapters in NAVMore and tigaNAV. Rewrite/translate to one text.
CAM-loggeren kjører hvert kvarter. Det som skjer da er at alle svitsjer (SW og KANT) blir hentet fra databasen og lagt i en kø. Så startes et antall tråder (24 er default) som alle jobber mot denne køen. Hver tråd sjekker om det ligger en boks i køen, og hvis så er tilfellet hentes denne ut og tråden foretar spørring med SNMP. Når dette er ferdig sjekker den køen igjen. Dersom køen er tom avslutter tråden. Alle trådene vil altså hente bokser fra køen helt til denne er tom, og da har alle resterende bokser en tråd som jobber mot dem. Dette sikrer at alle trådene hele tiden har arbeid å gjøre selv om noen bokser tar mye lenger tid å hente data fra enn andre.
The cam logger, responsible for the collection of MAC addresses and CDP data, has been updated to make use of the OID database. This has greatly simplified its internal structure as all devices are now treated in a uniform manner; the immediate benefit is that data collection is no longer dependent on type information and no updates should be necessary to support new types. Upgrades in the field can happen without the need for additional updates to the NAV software.
The cam logger collects the bridge tables of all switches, saving the MAC entries in the cam table of the NAVdb. Additionally, it collects CDP data from all switches and routers supporting this feature; the result is saved in the swp_netbox table for use by the network topology discover system.
While its basic operation remains the same, it has been rewritten to take advantage of the OID database; the internal data collection framework has been unified and all devices are treated in the same manner. Thus, data collections are no longer based on type information and a standard set of OIDs are used for all devices. When a new type is added to NAV the cam logging should “just work”, which is a major design goal of NAV v3.
One notable improvement is the addition of the interface field in the swport table. It is used for matching the CDP remote interface, and makes this matching much more reliable. Also, both the cam and the swp_netbox tables now use netboxid and ifindex to uniquely identify a swport port instead of the old netboxid, module, port-triple. This has significantly simplified swport port matching, and especially since the old module field of swport was a shortened version of what is today the interface field, reliability has increased as well. -
|Process name||networkDiscovery.sh topology|
|Alias||Physical Topology Builder|
|Brief description||Builds the physical topology of the network; i.e. which netbox is connected to which netbox.|
|Depends upon||mactrace fills data in swp_netbox representing the candidate list of physical neighborship. This is the data that the physical topology builder uses.|
|Updates tables||Sets the to_netboxid and to_swportid fields in the swport and gwport tables.|
|Default scheduling||every hour (35 * * * *)|
|Log file||networkDiscovery/networkDiscovery-topology.html og networkDiscovery/networkDiscovery-stderr.log|
|Further doc||tigaNAV report ch 5.5.4|
This is cut and paste from the tigaNAV report. Consider a rewrite.
The network topology discovery system automatically discovers the physical topology of the network monitored by NAV based on the data in the swp_netbox table collected by the cam logger. No major updates have been necessary except for adjustment to the new structure of the NAVdb; the basic algorithm remains the same. While the implementation of said algorithm is somewhat complicated as to gracefully handle missing data, the following is a simplified description:
In practice the use of CDP makes this process very reliable for the devices supporting it, and this makes it easier to correctly determine the remaining topology even in the case of missing information.
|Process name||networkDiscovery.sh vlan|
|Alias||Vlan Topology Builder|
|Brief description||Builds the per vlan topology on the swithed network with interconnected trunks. The algorithm is a top-down depth-first traversel starting at the primary router port for the vlan.|
|Depends upon||The physical topology need to be in place, this process therefore supersedes the physical topology builder.|
|Default scheduling||every hour (38 * * * *)|
|Log file||networkDiscovery/networkDiscovery-vlan.html og networkDiscovery/networkDiscovery-stderr.log|
|Further doc||tigaNAV report ch 5.5.5|
This is cut and paste from the tigaNAV report. Consider a rewrite.
After the physical topology of the network has been mapped by the network topology discover system it still remains to explore the logical topology, or the VLANs. Since modern switches support trunking, which can transport several independent VLANs over a single physical link, the logical topology can be non-trivial and indeed, in practice it usually is.
The vlan discovery system uses a simple top-down depth-first graph traversal algorithm to discover which VLANs are actually running on the different trunks and in which direction. Direction is here defined relative to the router port, which is the top of the tree, currently owning the lowest gateway IP or the virtual IP in the case of HSRP. In addition, since NAV v3 now fully supports the reuse of VLAN numbers, the vlan discovery system will also make the connection from VLAN number to actual vlan as defined in the vlan table for all non-trunk ports it encounters.
A special case are closed VLANs which do not have a gateway IP; the vlan discovery system will still traverse these VLANs without setting any direction and also creating a new VLAN record in the vlan table. The NAV administrator can fill inn descriptive information afterward if desired.
The implementation of this subsystem is again complicated by factors such as the need for checking at both ends of a trunk if the VLAN is allowed to traverse it, the fact that VLAN numbers on each end of non-trunk links need not match (the number closer to the top of the tree should then be given precedence and the lower VLAN numbers rewritten to match), that both trunks and non-trunks can be blocked (again at either end) by the spanning tree protocol and of course that it needs to be highly efficient and scalable in the case of large networks with thousands of switches and tens of thousands of switch ports.
|Alias||The status monitor / parallel pinger|
|Brief description||Pings all boxes in the netbox table. Works effectively in parallel, being able to ping a large number of boxes. Has configurable robustnes criteria for defining when a box actually is down.|
|Depends upon||Netboxes to be in the netbox table.|
|Updates tables||Posts events on the eventq table. Sets the netbox.up value in addition.|
|Default scheduling||Pings all hosts every 20 second. Waits maximum 5 second for an answer. After 4 “no-answers” the box is declared down as seen from pping.|
|Further doc||See below, based on and translated from NAVMore report ch 3.4 (Norwegian)|
pping is a daemon with its own (configurable) scheduling. pping works in parallel which makes each ping sweep very efficient. The frequency of each ping sweep is per default 20 seconds. The maximum allowed response time for a host is 5 seconds (per default). A host is declared down on the event queue after four consecutive “no responses” (also configurable). This means that it takes between 80 and 99 seconds from a host is down till pping declares it as down.
Please note the event engine will have a grace period of one minute (configurable) before a “box down warning” is posted on the alert queue, and another three minutes before the box is declared down (also configurable). In summery expect 5-6 minutes before a host is declared down.
The configuration file
pping.conf lets you adjust the following:
|user||the user that runs the service||navcron|
|packet size||size of the icmp packet||64 byte|
|check interval||how often you want to run a ping sweep||20 seconds|
|timeout||seconds to wait for reply after last ping request is sent||5 seconds|
|nrping||number of requests without answer before marking the device as unavailable||4|
|delay||ms between each ping request||2 ms|
In addition you can configure debug level, location of log file and location of pid file.
Note: In order to uniquely identify the icmp echo response packets pping needs to tailor make the packets with its own signature. This delays the overall throughput a bit, but pping can still manage 90-100 hosts per second, which should be sufficient for most needs.
pping has three threads: 1. Thread 1 generates and sends out the icmp packets. 2. Thread 2 receives echo replies, checks the signature and stores the result to RRD. 3. The main thread does the main scheduling and reports to the event queue. Thread 1 works this way: FOR every host DO: 1. Generate an icmp echo packet with: (destination IP, timestamp, signature) 2. Send the icmp echo. 3. Add host to the "Waiting for response" queue. 4. Sleep in the configured ''delay'' ms (default 2 ms). This delay will spread out the response times, which in turn reduces the receive thread queue and will in effect make the measured response time more accurate. Thread 2 works this way: As long as thread 1 is operating and as long as we have hosts in the "Waiting for response" queue, with a timout of 5 seconds (configurable): 1. Check if we have received packets 2. Get the data (the icmp reply packet) 3. Verify that the packet is to our pid. 4. Split the packet in (destination IP, timestamp, signature) If IP is wrong or signature is wrong, discard. 5. If we recognize the IP address on the "Waiting for response" queue, update response time for the host and remove the host from the "Waiting for response" queue. When thread 2 finishes the sweep is over. If hosts are remaining on the "Waiting for response" queue, we set response time to "None" and increments the "number of consecute no-reply" counter for the host. When thread 3 detects that a host has to many no-replies a down event is posted on the event queue.
Note that the response times are recorded to RRD which gives us response time and packet loss data as an extra bonus.
|Alias||The service monitor|
|Brief description||Monitors services on netboxes. Uses implemented handlers to deal with a growing number of services; currently supporting ssh, http, imap, pop3, smtp, samba, rpc, dns and dc.|
|Depends upon||The service and serviceproperty tables must have data. This is filled in by Edit Database when the NAV administrator registers services that he wants to monitor.|
|Updates tables||Posts servicemon events on the eventq table.|
|Default scheduling||Checks each service every 60 second. Has varying timouts for different services, between 5 and 10 seconds. If a service does not respond three times in a row, servicemon declares it down.|
|Further doc||See the servicemon page and/or NAVMore report ch 3.5 (Norwegian)|
|Alias||The threshold monitor|
|Brief description||At run-time, it fetches all the thresholds in the RRD database and compares them to the datasource in the corresponding RRD file. If the threshold has been exceeded, it sends an event containing relevant information. The default threshold value is 90% of maximum.|
|Depends upon||The RRD database has to be filled with data. This is done by makeCricketconfig. In addition you must manually run a command line tool, fillthresholds.py, for setting the threshold to a configured level. A more advanced solution for setting different threshold is under development.|
|Updates tables||eventq with thresholdmon events|
|Default scheduling||every 5 minutes ( */5 * * * * )|
|Further doc||See ThresholdMonitor|
Also see the event- and alert system page.
|Alias||The event engine|
|Brief description||The event engine processes events on the event queue and posts alerts on the alert queue. Event engine has a mechanism to correlate events; i.e. if the ppinger posts up events right after down events, this will not be sent as boxDown alerts, only boxDown warnings. Further if a number of boxDown events are seen, event engine looks at topology and reports boxShadow events for boxes in shadow of the box being the root cause.|
|Depends upon||The various monitors need to post events no event queue (with target event engine) in order for event engine to have work. alertmsg.conf needs to be filled in for all events, messages on alertqmsg (and alerthistmsg) are formatted accordingly.|
|Updates tables||Deletes records from eventq as they are processed. Posts records on alertq with adhering alertqvar and alertqmsg, similarly alerthist with adhering alerthistvar and alerthistmsg.|
|Default scheduling||Event engine checks the eventq every ??? seconds. boxDown-warning-wait-time and boxDown-wait-time are configurable values. Parameters for module events are also configurable. Servicemon eventes are currently not; a solution is looked upon.|
|Further doc||NAVMore report ch 3.6 (Norwegian). Updates in tigaNAV report ch 4.3.1.|
|Alias||The maintenance engine|
|Brief description||Checks the defined maintenance schedules. If start or end of a maintenance period occurs at this run time, the relevant maintenanceEvents are posted on the eventq, one for each netbox and/or service in question.|
|Depends upon||NAV users must set up maintenance schedule which in turn is stored in the maintenance tables (maint_task, maint_component).|
|Updates tables||Posts maintenance events on the eventq. Also updates the maint_task.state.|
|Default scheduling||Every 5 minutes ( */5 * * * * )|
|Further doc||Old doc: tigaNAV report ch 8. The maintenance system was rewritten for NAV 3.1. See here for more.|
|Alias||The alert engine|
|Brief description||Alert engine processes alerts on the alert queue and checks whether any users have subscribed to the alert in their active user profile. If so, alert engine sends the alert to the user, either as email or sms, depending on the profile. Alert Engine sends email itself, whereas sms messages are inserted on the sms queue for the sms daemon to manage. If a user has selected queueing email messages, alert engine uses the alertprofiles.queue table.|
|Depends upon||eventEngine must be running and do the alertq posting. NAV users must have set up their profiles, if their are no matches here, alertq will simply delete the alerts.|
|Updates tables||Deletes records from alertq with adhering alertqvar and alertqmsg. Inserts records on alertprofiles.smsq. User profiles that requires queued email messages, the alertprofile.queue table is used.|
|Default scheduling||Checks for new alerts every 60 seconds per default.|
|Log file||alertengine.log og alertengine.err.log|
|Further doc||NAVMore report ch 3.7 and 3.8 (Norwegian).|
|Alias||The SMS daemon|
|Brief description||Checks the navprofiles.smsq table for new messages, formats the messages into one SMS and dispatches it via one or more dispatchers with a general interface. Support for multiple dispatchers are handled by a dispatcher handler layer.|
|Depends upon||alertEngine fills the navprofiles.smsq table|
|Updates tables||Updates the sent and timesent values of navprofiles.smsq|
|Run mode||Daemon process|
|Default scheduling||Polls the sms queue every x minutes|
|Programming language||Python (Perl in 3.1)|
|Further doc||subsystem/smsd/README in the NAV sources describes the available dispatchers and more|
As described when given the
Usage: smsd [-h] [-c] [-d sec] [-t phone no.] -h, --help Show this help text -c, --cancel Cancel (mark as ignored) all unsent messages -d, --delay Set delay (in seconds) between queue checks -t, --test Send a test message to <phone no.>
Especially note the
-test option, which is useful for debugging when experiencing problems with smsd.
The configuration file smsd.conf lets you configure the following:
|username||System user the process should try to run as||navcron|
|delay||Delay in seconds between queue runs||30|
|autocancel||Automatically cancel all messages older than 'autocancel', 0 to disable. Format like the PostgreSQL interval type, e.g. '1 day 12 hours'.||0|
|loglevel||Filter level for log messages. Valid options are DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, CRITICAL||INFO|
|mailwarnlevel||Filter level for log messages sent by mail.||ERROR|
|mailserver||Mail server to send log messages via.||localhost|
|dispatcherretry||Time, in seconds, before a dispatcher is retried after a failure||300|
|dispatcherN||Dispatchers in prioritized order. Cheapest first, safest last. N should be 1,2,3,…||dispatcher1 defaults to GammuDispatcher|
In addition, some dispatchers need extra configuration as described in comments in the config file.
|Alias||The SNMP trap daemon|
|Brief description||Listens to port 162 for incoming traps. When the snmptrapd receives a trap it puts all the information in a trap-object and sends the object to every traphandler stated in the “traphandlers” option in snmptrapd.conf. It is then up to the traphandler to decide if it wants to process the trap or just discard it.|
|Updates tables||Depends on “traphandlers”. Posts on eventq would be typical|
|Run mode||Daemon process|
|Log file||snmptrapd.log and snmptraps.log|
|Alias||The Cricket configuration builder|
|Depends upon||That gDD has filled the gwport, swport tables (and more…)|
|Updates tables||The RRD database (rrd_file and rrd_datasource)|
|Default scheduling||Every night( 12 5 * * * )|
|Further doc||How to configure Cricket addons in NAV v3|
|Alias||cricket collector (not NAV)|
|Brief description||Polls routers and switches for counters as configured in the cricket configuration tree.|
|Depends upon||makecricketconfig to build the configuration tree|
|Updates tables||Updates RRD files|
|Default scheduling||Every 5 minute (Pre-NAV 3.2 had a one minute run mode for gigatit ports. As of NAV 3.2 64 bits counters are used and the 5 minutes run mode is used for all counters).|
|Config files||directory tree under cricket-config/|
|Log file||cricket/giga.log og cricket/normal.log|
|Programming language||not relevant|
|Further doc||not relevant|
|Alias||RRD cleanup script|
|Brief description||This script finds all the rrd-files that we are using. The purpose of the script is to delete all the rrd-files that are no longer active, to save disk-space.|
|Default scheduling||nightly ( 0 5 * * * )|
|Alias||The Cisco syslog analyzer|
|Brief description||Analyzes cisco syslog messages from switches and routers and inserts them in a structured manner in the logger database. Makes searchein for log messages of a certain severity easy, etc.|
|Depends upon||syslogd to run on the NAV machine. Parses the syslog for cisco syslog messages.|
|Updates tables||The tables in the logger database|
|Default scheduling||every minute ( * * * * * )|
|Further doc||NAVMore report ch 2.4 (Norwegian).|
|Config file||arnold/arnold.cfg, arnold/noblock.cfg og arnold/mailtemplates/*|