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Problem this snippet solves:

SFTP file existence monitor

How to use this snippet:

This monitor definition allows for a monitor to connect to a SFTP server and check for the existence of a file using username/password.

Written for a specific implementation where they wouldn't use key pairs, plus it turns out that curl on F5's was compiled with sftp support disabled, so I had to use expect instead.

It's based off of the default sample_monitor.

Create a monitor definition with 3 variables:

$monitor_sftp_USER = Username of SFTP server
$monitor_sftp_PASS = Password for $monitor_sftp_USER
$monitor_sftp_STRING` = String/Filename to search for

I have also written a modified version whereby you can encrypt the password manually using the unit master-key and add that as the password variable, which I can post if wanted.

Code :


# (c) Copyright 1996-2006, 2010-2013 F5 Networks, Inc.
# This software is confidential and may contain trade secrets that are the
# property of F5 Networks, Inc.  No part of the software may be disclosed
# to other parties without the express written consent of F5 Networks, Inc.
# It is against the law to copy the software.  No part of the software may
# be reproduced, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means,
# electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information
# storage and retrieval systems, for any purpose without the express written
# permission of F5 Networks, Inc.  Our services are only available for legal
# users of the program, for instance in the event that we extend our services
# by offering the updating of files via the Internet.
# @(#) $Id: //depot/maint/bigip12.1.1/tm_daemon/monitors/sample_monitor#1 $

# these arguments supplied automatically for all external pingers:
# $1 = IP (::ffff:nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn notation or hostname)
# $2 = port (decimal, host byte order)
# The following must all be set as variables in the monitor definition
# $monitor_sftp_USER = Username of SFTP server
# $monitor_sftp_PASS = Password for $monitor_sftp_USER
# $monitor_sftp_STRING` = String/Filename to search for
# $MONITOR_NAME = name of the monitor
# In this sample script, $3 is the regular expression

# Name of the pidfile

# Send signal to the process group to kill our former self and any children
# as external monitors are run with SIGHUP blocked
if [ -f $pidfile ]
   kill -9 -`cat $pidfile` > /dev/null 2>&1

echo "$$" > $pidfile

# Remove the IPv6/IPv4 compatibility prefix
node_ip=`echo $1 | sed 's/::ffff://'`

# Using expect and sftp to get directory listing from the server.
# Search the data received for the expected string.
expect -c "
spawn sftp -oStrictHostKeyChecking=no -oPort=$2 $monitor_sftp_USER@$node_ip;
expect \"password:\";
send $monitor_sftp_PASS\r;
expect \"sftp>\";
send \"ls -l\r\";
expect \"sftp>\";
send \"exit\r\" " | grep $monitor_sftp_STRING > /dev/null 

if [ $status -eq 0 ]
# Remove the pidfile before the script echoes anything to stdout and is killed by bigd
    rm -f $pidfile
    echo "up"

# Remove the pidfile before the script ends
rm -f $pidfile

Tested this on version:

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‎13-Feb-2018 03:30
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