Bitnami Gonit

NOTE: Before running the commands shown on this page, you should load the Bitnami stack environment by executing the installdir/use_APPNAME script (Linux and Mac OS X) or by clicking the shortcut in the Start Menu under "Start -> Bitnami APPNAME Stack -> Application console" (Windows). Learn more.

Gonit is an open source utility for managing and monitoring systems. It is included in all Bitnami Stacks and helps you to have total control of the application servers and services.

How to control servers using Gonit?

Apart from the control script that lets you control the services, every Bitnami stack includes also Gonit as a component that allows you to monitor and also control the services. Gonit is located at /etc/gonit/gonitrc.

Using the sudo gonit command followed by the action and the service name as argument, you can easily stop, start and restart services. Let's see some examples to learn how does it work:

NOTE: To check what services are included in your stack, you can execute the sudo gonit status command as it is shown in the How to minitor servers status section.
  • Use it to restart a single service, such as Apache, by passing the service name as argument:

    $ sudo gonit restart apache
  • Use it to stop a single service such as MySQL:

    $ sudo gonit stop mysql
  • Use it to start a single service such as php-fpm:

    $ sudo gonit start php-fpm

How to monitor the status of the services included in your stack?

With Gonit system status can be viewed directly from the command line. It monitors processes, program files, directories, and filesystems of each service/component included in your stack.

  • To check which services are included in your stack, the main files, processes, and status, run the sudo gonit status command. You should see an output similar to this:

    $ sudo gonit status
    Uptime                         15m50s
    Last Check                     2018-06-25 13:30:49.591583338 +0000 UTC
    Next Check                     2018-06-25 13:32:49.591583338 +0000 UTC
    Pid                            4041
    Pid File                       /var/run/
    Socket File                    /var/run/gonit.sock
    Log File                       /var/log/gonit.log
    Process 'apache'
      status                                        Running
      pid                                              2000
      Uptime                                            17s
      monitoring status                           monitored
    Process 'mysql'
      status                                        Running
      pid                                              3558
      Uptime                                            17s
      monitoring status                           monitored
    Process 'php-fpm'
      status                                        Running
      pid                                              3737
      Uptime                                            17s
      monitoring status                           monitored
  • Use sudo gonit to check the Gonit status:

    $ sudo gonit
    daemon with PID 4041 awakened

How to test Gonit?

Gonit is always running in your stack. It is constantly monitoring the server status to check if something goes wrong. When a server goes down, Gonit initiates automatically the recovery of the affected services.

To test how Gonit restarts down servers, try to kill one of the processes and check, after some minutes, the status of the servers as shown below. The following examples are executed on a WordPress deployed in the cloud:

  • Execute the sudo gonit status command to identify all the running processes, and note the pid of the server process you want to stop. In this case, Apache.

    Check servers status

  • Execute the sudo kill command to abruptly stop the selected process.

    $ sudo kill 2000
  • Execute the sudo gonit status command to check that Apache is stopped:

    Server stopped

  • After some minutes, check again the status of the servers. The status of 'apache' should change now from "Stopped" to "Running":

    Server restarted

What is the default configuration?

Gonit configuration files

  • Gonit main configuration file: is located at /etc/gonit/gonitrc.
  • Servers configuration files: the configuration files of the servers monitored by Gonit are located under the installdir/config/monit/conf.d/ directory.
NOTE: When running the commands shown on this page, replace the installdir placeholder with the full installation directory for your Bitnami stack.

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