Reading ServersCheck Status page from command line – Part 3.

In the final, part 3 of the article, I’ll show you how we’re pulling from ServersCheck sensor the current temperature and relative humidity in our data center with simple SQL statement, like this:


If you recall, in Part 1 of the article I published Go “script” that could be compiled on all supported Go platforms, including Linux.
We decided that we’ll be using one of our existing Oracle11g XE instance running on Oracle Linux 6.4 (x64) to host our “vpctemp” application written in go. On this Linux server we already had the latest Go compiler installed (go 1.1.2 at the time of this writing), but we could as easily compile the vpctemp.go on some other box and then simply copy executable to our production Oracle Linux server — not worrying about some potential missing library, thanks to “go” statically compiled nature.

We copied vpctemp binary to /oracle/dba/go directory and turning on execution bit to allow vpctemp to be executed by oracle user:

[alesk@oraxe go]$ ls -l /oracle/dba/go
total 5056
-rwxr-xr-x 1 oracle dba 5177336 Jul 31 12:17 vpctemp

Then all that we did was to create “pseudo” external table. Pseudo in a sense that external table has no reference to external data file, instead all that it includes is a call to preprocessor directive. Preprocessor directive points to our golang program, which pulls data from ServersCheck sensor and prints the result to standard output, which is send to a client. Very simple and convenient way for ad hoc checks. (Oracle introduced preprocessor directive for external table in 11gR2 and later on backporting feature to as well)

// SQL*Plus...connect alesk@oraxe
create or replace directory goexec as '/oracle/dba/go';
grant execute on directory goexec to dba;
create table vpctemp (
line varchar2(80)
organization external
     type oracle_loader
     default directory goexec
     access parameters
          records delimited by newline
          preprocessor goexec:'vpctemp'

create public synonym vpctemp for alesk.vpctemp;
grant select on alesk.vpctemp to dbateam;

And that’s it. For a DBA team getting the current temperature and humidity in a data center becomes as easy as:

SQL> select * from vpctemp;

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