Runitor runs the supplied command, captures its output, and based on its exit code reports successful or failed execution to https://healthchecks.io.
Healthchecks.io is a web service for monitoring periodic tasks. It’s like a dead man’s switch for your cron jobs. You get alerted if they don’t run on time or terminate with a failure.
Download Release Binaries
Binaries of the latest release for popular platforms are at https://github.com/bdd/runitor/releases/latest
Clone and Build Locally
If you need to cross compile for a certain operating system and architecture pair, you can clone the repository and use the build script.
git clone https://github.com/bdd/runitor GOOS=plan9 GOARCH=arm runitor/scripts/build dist
runitor -uuid uuid -- command
-api-url="https://hc-ping.com" API base URL. Defaults to healthchecks.io hosted service one -api-retries=2 Number of times an API request will be retried if it fails with a transient error -api-timeout="5s" Client timeout per request -uuid="" UUID of check. Takes precedence over CHECK_UUID env var -every="0s" When non-zero periodically run command at specified interval -quiet=false Don't tee stdout of the command to terminal -silent=false Don't tee stout and stderr of the command to terminal -no-start-ping=false Don't send start ping -no-output-in-ping=false Don't send stdout and stderr with pings -ping-body-limit=10000 Truncate ping body to last N bytes including the truncation notice 0 for no truncation.
Why Do I Need This Instead of Calling curl from a Shell Script?
In addition to clean separation of concerns from the thing that needs to run and the act of calling an external monitor, runitor packs a few neat extra features that are bit more involved than single line additions to a script.
It can capture the stdout and stderr of the command to send it along with execution reports, a.k.a. “pings”. When you respond to an alert you can quickly start investigating the issue with the relevant context already available.
It can be used as a long running process acting as a task scheduler, executing the command at specified intervals. This feature comes in handy when you don’t readily have access to a job scheduler like crond or systemd.timer. Works well in one process per container environments.
runitor -uuid 2f9-a5c-0123 -- dehydrated --cron --config example.com.conf
# Run the maintenance script every 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes) runitor -uuid 2f9-a5c-0123 -every 1h40m -- /script/git-maint
# Do not attach output to ping. # Backup software may leak filenames and paths. runitor -uuid 2f9-a5c-0123 -no-output-in-ping -- restic backup /home /etc
Triggering an Immediate Run in Periodic Mode
When invoked with
-every <duration> flag, runitor will also act as a basic
Sometimes you may not want to restart the process or the container just to force an immediate run. Instead, you can send SIGALRM to runitor to get it run the command right away and reset the interval.
pkill -ALRM runitor
More on What healthchecks.io Provides
It listens for HTTP requests (pings) from services being monitored.
It keeps silent as long as pings arrive on time. It raises an alert as soon as a ping does not arrive on time.
Pings can signal start of execution so run durations can be tracked.
Pings can explicitly signal failure of execution so an alert can be send.
Pings can attach up to 10KB of logs.
It can alert you via email, SMS, WhatsApp, Slack, and many more services.
It has a free tier with up to 20 checks (last checked April 2020)
Software behind the service is open source. You can run your own instance if you’d like to.