May 26, 2018

System downtime monitoring and reporting tool

downtimed is a program that monitors operating system downtime, uptime, shutdowns and crashes and keeps records of those events.

downtimed8 is a daemon process which is intended to be started automatically from system boot scripts every time when the operating system of a server starts. First the daemon logs its findings about the previous downtime to a specified logging destination as well as in a database file which can be displayed with downtimes1. After that the daemon just keeps waiting in the background and periodically updates a time stamp file on the disk.

downtimes1 is a command-line tool which can be used to inspect previous downtime records.

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