Nagios implied and additive inheritance; possible bug?

Andreas Ericsson ae at
Mon Apr 2 11:07:56 CEST 2012

On 04/01/2012 06:18 PM, Jim Winkle wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:44:31 -0500 Jim Winkle<jwinkle at>  wrote
>> I'd like to set up Nagios contact_groups in the following way (but it's not
>> working as expected):
>> 1) In general, contact_groups for a host are notified about problems with the
>> host and any service on the host.
>> 2) Occasionally, we'd like other contact_groups to be notified about problems
>> with certain services on the host.
> Thanks for the great ideas and investigation about how this could be
> implemented.  Sounds doable, and that a config-time switch could turn it on.
> I think a lot of people would use this feature, since sysadmins want to know
> about all problems on a host, but app admins want to be notified about just
> certain problems (e.g. when their disk is filling up).
> To formally request this feature, is it sufficient that I posted it here, or
> should I add it to and/or somewhere else?

Add it to the tracker as well, please, and make a note of the HOST_CONTACTS
macro thing I mentioned in my last mail. That's probably how this will be
implemented anyways, since it doesn't require config switches and will cause
very little user confusion.

There's no way we'll add an option to let inheritance work in a different
way, because that will make it damn near impossible to help people out when
they run into configuration problems.

Andreas Ericsson          at
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