Monit and KDE Desktop notifications

I’m running a Monit based monitoring solution, but I do not have an email server (that I can use), so when something goes wrong and Monit Alerts is raised, I have no way receive a notification that something is wrong.

So I built a quick notification system, done in Python, that when a Monit detects an error, it notifies me by activating a KDE Notification on my desktop…

The solution that I use is quite simple and quick (Warning it’s an hack…):

My solution uses a python based network server running on my desktop listening for messages, and a python client deployed on the Monit server that sends messages, when called.

In short, the running server on my KDE desktop waits for a connection on a specific port, and when one connection is established it reads any text that comes on the connection payload and displays it using the KDE notification system:

## Monit Desktop Notification Network server
import socket
import sys
import knotify
import dbus

## Constants definition
HOST = ''    # Host IP Address. Empty means that we are the host
PORT = 29876    # Listening port. Choose any above 1024. The client must use the same port...
BUFSIZE = 4096

## Send notification for the KDE notification system
def notify(title, text):
   knotify = dbus.SessionBus().get_object("org.kde.knotify", "/Notify")
   knotify.event("warning", "kde", [], title, text, [], [], 0, 0,

print 'Server Started'
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
print 'Socket created'
# Bind socket to local host and port
  s.bind((HOST, PORT))
except socket.error as msg:
    print 'Bind failed. Error Code : ' + str(msg[0]) + ' Message ' + msg[1]
print 'Socket bind complete'

#Start listening on socket
print 'Socket now listening'

#now keep talking with the client
while 1:
  #wait to accept a connection - blocking call
  conn, addr = s.accept()
  print 'Connected with ' + addr[0] + ':' + str(addr[1])
  # Read the message that comes from the monit server.
  data = conn.recv(1024)
  # Send the message to the KDE notification system
  notify("Monit Alarm!", data)


At the Monit server, I placed the following files at the Monit bin directory: and

from socket import *
import sys
from datetime import datetime

HOST = ''       # My machine IP. Change to the IP where the is running
PORT = 29876       

cli = socket( AF_INET,SOCK_STREAM)
print len(sys.argv)
if ( len(sys.argv) > 1 ):
  message = str('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S')) + ": " + sys.argv[1]
  cli.send( message )
  cli.send("Undefined Alert!")
cli.close() receives a message passed as a command line parameter and sends it to the NotifyServer running on the desktop machine.

The shell script is a wrapper for the Monit server to call the script. Keep in mind that you must use absolute paths in every single file, otherwise it won’t work.

/usr/bin/python2      /home/monitor/monit/bin/   $1

Now on the monitrc file we can change the alert lines from (for example):

check program System_status with path "/home/monitor/ShMonitor/"
  if status !=0 then alert


check program System_status with path "/home/monitor/ShMonitor/"
  if status !=0 for 15 cycles then exec "/home/monitor/monit/bin/ SystemStatus_Problem"

I added the for 15 cycles to avoid being flooded with notifications while I solve the issue… But it really depends of the monitoring pooling cycle. Adjust as required.

So, there it is, some code snippets gather across the web, allows me to have Monit notifications right at my desktop 🙂