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spong - character based Spong client interface program
spong [--summary [hostlist] | --problems [hostlist] | --history [hostlist] | --host host | --services host | --stats host
| --config host | --info host | --service host:service ] [--brief | --standard | --full ]
The spong program interfaces with the spong-server to display the collected information; in text format. The spong program does not have all of the functionality of the web-based interface. It's designed to be used from character based consoles. The spong program doesn't not have to load onto the same machine that spong-server is running on. You load this program onto any machine. It is a good ideal to load this onto machines, when possible, to allow the administrator of the machine to query the spong-server when alert of received.
When run with any parameters, spong will display a table that lists the hosts and services. All of the displays are text based with the legends at the top.
By default the the spong.conf manpage file is read on startup. It defines some specific variable that you probably don't need to override.
After reading the configuration file, then reads the
spong.conf.[host] file where [host] is the host name of the machine that you
are running on. Since these configuration files are just standard perl code
that gets imported, the variables that you define in the host specific config
file will take precedence over the standard configuration settings.
Here are a list of variables in the spong.conf file that are applicable to the spong-server program:
Perl v5.005_03 or greater is required.
The --stats, --config, and --info parameters are currently not implemented in the spong-server. When specified they will just generate a blank HTML page.
the spong.hosts manpage, the spong.conf manpage http://spong.sourceforge.net/ the Spong Home Page
Ed Hill <
firstname.lastname@example.org>, Unix System Administrator, The University of
Stephen L Johnson <
Based on code/ideas from Sean MacGuire (BB), and Helen Harrison (Pong). Ed Hill original converted Big Brother (http://www.bb4.com) into Perl which diverged from Big Brother to become Spong. Ed Hill continued Spong development until version 2.1. Stephen L Johnson took over development in October, 1999 with his changes which became Spong 2.5.