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What This Book Will Cover


This a preview pre-release only. There are several sections missing and a few that need lots of work. This document is only intended for experienced Nagios users for review and feedback.

Stuck? Try Google for that particular keyword or error message. If you still need help, I will try to help if I have time.

You can email me at chris.burgess@nagiosbook.org

Intended Audience

The intended audience is anyone wishing to set up a monitoring solution using Nagios.


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# ls -al
-rw-r--r--     1 chris  chris        298 Jul 24 17:41 search.php
-rw-r-----     1 chris  chris        635 Dec 24 18:24 header.extlib.php
-rw-r--r--     1 chris  chris      37202 Dec 10 17:45 xmlrpc.extlib.php
-rw-r--r--     1 chris  chris      37687 Nov 11 17:21 xmlrpc.php

Obtaining the Latest Version

The latest version of this book can be found at:


It is currently being edited on an almost daily basis, so make sure you're reviewing the most current copy.

Comments and Corrections

For now, please email: chris.burgess@nagiosbook.org


Thanks the helpful folks on the nagios-users mail list and to the following individuals.


Technical Reviewers:

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