To install OPM, you need a 9.3 or more PostgreSQL cluster, standard compiling tools and Nagios. The PostgreSQL cluster and Nagios can be installed on the servers you want, and can be installed on the same server.


Install the PostgreSQL development packages of your Linux distribution if necessary (e.g. postgresql96-devel on Red Hat, postgresql-server-dev-9.6 on Debian).

The tool pg_config is required. Distributions packages put it usually in /usr/pgsql-9.6/bin/pg_config (Red Hat) or /usr/lib/postgresql/9.6/bin/pg_config (Debian). It may be necessary to put it in your $PATH at least temporarily (e.g. export PATH=/usr/lib/postgresql/9.6/bin:$PATH), especially if you have more than one version of PostgreSQL on the server.

We suppose that the repositories opm-core ( and opm-wh_nagios ( are stored into /usr/local/src/opm/ (your OPM directory).

OPM core

We need to install the core of OPM first. From your opm directory, as user root:

root:/usr/local/src/opm# cd opm-core/pg
root:/usr/local/src/opm/opm-core/pg# make install

It will copy some files into the extensions directory of PostgreSQL.

Then, using a superuser role:

postgres@postgres=# CREATE DATABASE opm;
postgres@postgres=# \c opm
postgres@opm=# CREATE EXTENSION opm_core;

You’ll need to create a first OPM administrator account:

postgres@opm=# SELECT create_admin('admin1', 'agoodpassword');

This is the user you’ll need to log on the UI.


To install the module “wh_nagios”, from your OPM directory as user “root”:

root:/usr/local/src/opm# cd opm-wh_nagios/pg
root:/usr/local/src/opm/wh_nagios/pg# make install

Then, using a superuser role, in your opm database:

postgres@opm=# CREATE EXTENSION hstore;

postgres@opm=# CREATE EXTENSION wh_nagios;

Then, you need to create a crontab that will process incoming data and dispatch them. For instance, to trigger it every minute:

* * * * * psql -c 'SELECT wh_nagios.dispatch_record()' opm

This crontab can belong to any user, as long as it can connect to the PostgreSQL opm database with any PostgreSQL role.

To import data into a warehouse, you need a PostgreSQL role. We recommand to create a dedicated role, for instance:

postgres@opm=# CREATE ROLE opm_dispatcher LOGIN PASSWORD 'anothergoodpassword';

You must then allow this role to import data in a warehouse, by calling public.grant_dispatch. For instance, if the PostgreSQL role is opm and the warehouse is wh_nagios:

postgres@opm=# SELECT grant_dispatcher('wh_nagios', 'opm_dispatcher');

Nagios & nagios_dispatcher

The dispatcher aims to dispatch perfdata from Nagios files to the wh_nagios warehouse.

nagios_dispatcher requires the DBD::Pg perl module. It is packaged in perl-DBD-Pg (Red Hat), libdbd-pg-perl (Debian) or in the CPAN.

We’ll need first to setup Nagios to create its perfdata files that “nagios_dispatcher” will poll and consume. As root, create the command file and destination folder:

root:~# mkdir -p /var/lib/nagios3/spool/perfdata/
root:~# chown nagios: /var/lib/nagios3/spool/perfdata/
root:~# cat <<'EOF' >> /etc/nagios3/commands.cfg
define command{
    command_name    process-service-perfdata-file
    command_line    /bin/mv /var/lib/nagios3/service-perfdata /var/lib/nagios3/spool/perfdata/service-perfdata.$TIMET$
define command{
    command_name    process-host-perfdata-file
    command_line    /bin/mv /var/lib/nagios3/host-perfdata /var/lib/nagios3/spool/perfdata/host-perfdata.$TIMET$

Then, in your Nagios main configuration file, make sure the following parameter are set accordingly:



If you’re using Icinga2 instead of Nagios, you need instead to:

  • enable perfdata:

    $ icinga2 feature enable perfdata
  • configure data format in /etc/icinga2/features-enabled/perfdata.conf:

    library "perfdata"
    object PerfdataWriter "perfdata" {
        host_perfdata_path = "/var/spool/icinga2/perfdata/host-perfdata"
        service_perfdata_path = "/var/spool/icinga2/perfdata/service-perfdata"
        rotation_interval = 15s
        host_format_template = "DATATYPE::HOSTPERFDATA\tTIMET::$icinga.timet$\tHOSTNAME::$$\tHOSTPERFDATA::$host.perfdata$\tHOSTCHECKCOMMAND::$host.check_command$\tHOSTSTATE::$host.state$\tHOSTSTATETYPE::$host.state_type$\tHOSTOUTPUT::$host.output$"
        service_format_template = "DATATYPE::SERVICEPERFDATA\tTIMET::$icinga.timet$\tHOSTNAME::$$\tSERVICEDESC::$$\tSERVICEPERFDATA::$service.perfdata$\tSERVICECHECKCOMMAND::$service.check_command$\tHOSTSTATE::$host.state$\tHOSTSTATETYPE::$host.state_type$\tSERVICESTATE::$service.state$\tSERVICESTATETYPE::$service.state_type$\tSERVICEOUTPUT::$service.output$"

Icinga2 has different macros names from Nagios. For a complete list see documentation.


Beware: the perfdata files can accumulate very quickly if not consumed by the nagios_dispatcher script.

Create the dispatcher configuration file:

root:~# mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/
root:~# cat <<EOF > /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf
db_connection_string=dbi:Pg:dbname=opm host=
hostname_filter = /^$/ # Empty hostname. Never happens
service_filter = /^$/ # Empty service
label_filter = /^$/ # Empty label

root:~# chown nagios /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf


With our previous examples, db_user would’ve been set to opm_dispatcher and db_password should be set to anothergoodpassword. If you use Icinga2, directory must be set to /var/spool/icinga2/perfdata/ (Icinga2 default

directory for perfdata).

Install the file into /usr/local/bin/

root:~# cp /usr/local/src/opm/wh_nagios/bin/ /usr/local/bin

You can test that it works using the command line (you may have to set daemon=0):

/usr/local/bin/ --verbose -c /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf

The files in the Nagios perfdata directory must disappear one by one.

If your operating system uses systemd

In nagios_dispatcher.conf you must set daemon to 0 and modify the connection string. The full file becomes:

hostname_filter = /^$/ # Empty hostname. Never happens
service_filter = /^$/ # Empty service
label_filter = /^$/ # Empty label

Create the file /etc/systemd/system/nagios_dispatcher.service with the following content:

Description=Nagios Dispatcher Service

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/ -c /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf


Now enable and start the service:

systemctl enable nagios_dispatcher
systemctl start nagios_dispatcher

Check that the nagios_dispatcher process shows up in the process list.

If your operating system uses inittab

Add the following line at the end of the /etc/inittab file:

d1:23:respawn:/usr/bin/perl -w /usr/local/bin/ --daemon --config /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf

and reload it:

root:~# init q

If your operating system uses upstart

Create the file /etc/init/nagios_dispatcher.conf, with the following content:

# This service maintains nagios_dispatcher

start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345]
stop on starting runlevel [016]

exec /usr/local/bin/ -c /usr/local/etc/nagios_dispatcher.conf

and start the job:

root:~# initctl start nagios_dispatcher

User interface

The default user interface is based on the web framework Mojolicious. You need to install:

  • Perl (5.10 or above)
  • Mojolicious (4.63 or above, less than 5.0 !)
  • Mojolicious::Plugin::I18N (version 0.9)
  • DBD::Pg perl module
  • PostgreSQL (9.3 or above)
  • A CGI/Perl webserver

You can install “Mojolicious” with your Linux distribution package system if old enough packages of Mojolicious are available.

Another option is from CPAN:

curl -L | perl - Mojolicious@4.99
curl -L | perl - Mojolicious::Plugin::I18N@0.9
curl -L | perl - DBI
curl -L | perl - DBD::Pg

Alternatively, you can download the required archives and install them manually:

tar xzf Mojolicious-4.99.tar.gz
cd Mojolicious-4.99
perl Makefile.PL
sudo make install
cd ..
tar xzf Mojolicious-Plugin-I18N-0.9.tar.gz
cd Mojolicious-Plugin-I18N-0.9
sudo make install

To install the UI plugin wh_nagios (or any other UI plugin), from your opm directory as user root:

root:/usr/local/src/opm# cd opm-core/ui/modules
root:/usr/local/src/opm/opm-core/ui/modules# ln -s /usr/local/src/opm/opm-wh_nagios/ui wh_nagios

Then, on your OPM database side, you need to create another user for the UI:

postgres@opm=# CREATE USER opmui WITH ENCRYPTED PASSWORD 'yetanothergoodpassword';
postgres@opm=# SELECT * from grant_appli('opmui');

Finally, in /usr/local/src/opm/opm-core/ui, copy the opm.conf-dist file to opm.conf, and edit it to suit you needs, for instance:

    "database" : {
        "dbname"   : "opm",
        "host"     : "",
        "port"     : "5432",
        "user"     : "opmui",
        "password" : "opmui"
    "plugins" : [ "wh_nagios" ]

This user is only needed for the connection between the UI and the database. You only have to use it in the opm.conf file

To test the web user interface quickly, you can use either morbo or hypnotoad, both installed with Mojolicious. Example with Morbo:

user:/usr/local/src/opm/opm-core/ui/opm$ morbo script/opm
[Fri Nov 29 12:12:52 2013] [debug] Helper "url_for" already exists, replacing.
[Fri Nov 29 12:12:52 2013] [debug] Reading config file "/home/ioguix/git/opm/ui/opm/opm.conf".
[Fri Nov 29 12:12:53 2013] [info] Listening at "http://*:3000".
Server available at
  • Alternativeley, this example uses hypnotoad, which suits production better:

    user:/usr/local/src/opm-core/ui/opm$ hypnotoad -f script/opm


Removing “-f” makes it daemonize.


If you want to change default listen port when using hypnotoad, you can edit the opm.conf file to specify listen port or any hypnotoad related parameter, like this:

"hypnotoad" : {
    "listen" : ["http://*:6666"],
    "worker" : 10
  • To configure nginx to forward requests to a hypnotoad application server:

    upstream hypnotoad {
    server {
      listen 80;
      location / {
            proxy_pass http://hypnotoad;
            proxy_set_header Host $host;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto "http";


You should ensure that hypnotoad starts on boot, e.g. in /etc/rc.local:

su - www-data -c 'hypnotoad /var/www/opm-core/ui/script/opm'

If you want to use Apache, here is a quick configuration sample using CGI:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/opm/public/

        <Directory /var/www/opm/public/>
                AllowOverride None
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all
                IndexIgnore *

                RewriteEngine On
                RewriteBase /
                RewriteRule ^$ opm.cgi [L]
                RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
                RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
                RewriteRule ^(.*)$ opm.cgi/$1 [L]

        ScriptAlias /opm.cgi /var/www/opm/script/opm
        <Directory /var/www/opm/script/>
                AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
                Options +ExecCGI
                AllowOverride None
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all
                SetEnv MOJO_MODE production
                SetEnv MOJO_MAX_MESSAGE_SIZE 4294967296

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/opm.log
        # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
        # alert, emerg.
        LogLevel warn

        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/opm.log combined

(assuming that the directory /usr/local/src/opm/opm-core/ui has been symlinked to /var/www/opm).

For a complete list and specifications on supported http servers, please check the Mojolicious official documentation.