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icli - Icinga Command Line Interface


icli [-v|-vv|-vvv] [-z filter] [-h hosts] [-g hostgroups] [-s services] [-c config] [-C]
[-f status-file] [-F rw-file] [-lh|-ls|-lq|-ld] [-a action[:args]] [host/service ...]


version 0.48


icli is a command line interface to Icinga. By default it lists all services and their

Note that when supplying custom config and status file paths, icli also works with Nagios.
100% compatibility is not guaranteed, however.

icli only works when executed on the host running the Icinga daemon. To use it on another
host, shell aliases (like "alias icli='ssh $icingahost icli'") or similar are recommended.

You can narrow down the list of services you want displayed either using filters (like
"icli -z!o"), the -h/-s arguments ("icli -h aneurysm -s Libraries,Websites") or
commandline args ("icli aneurysm/{Libraries,Websites}" with shell expansion).


-a|--action action[:args]
Run action on all matching hosts or services. args is a comma-separated list of action
arguments and depends on the action in question. action may also be a one or two
letter shortcut.

The following actions are supported:

a|acknowledge comment
Acknowledge service problems with string comment. This creates a sticky
acknwoledgment with notification and no expire time. The comment will not be

Note: Acknowledgement of host problems is not yet supported.

d|downtime start,stop,duration,comment[,opts]
Schedule a non-triggered host or service (depending on the filter arguments)
downtime. start and stop are timestamps and must be formatted as
YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS, where the "T" is literal. The timestamp is assumed to be in
the same time zone as the system running icli.

If duration is 0 (zero), a fixed downtime between start and stop is scheduled.
Otherwise, a flexible downtime which will start between start and stop and last
duration is scheduled. In this case, duration must be a real number appended with
an optional unit (s for seconds, m for minutes, h for hours, d for days, w for
weeks). If no unit is specified, seconds are used.

If a host is selected and opts contains "children", a downtime for all of its
children will be scheduled with the same parameters as the host's. Likewise, if
opts contains "trigger_children", a triggered downtime for all of the host's
children will be scheduled.

comment refers to the downtime's comment field and must not contain the ","
(comma) character.

Schedule an immediate recheck

Schedule a forced, immediate recheck

-c|--config config
Read config from file

Disable colours in output

-f|--status-file file
Read the status from file

-F|--rw-file file
Use file as external commands file.

-g|--hostgroup hostgroup
Limit selection to hosts in hostgroup (comma separated list)

-h|--host hosts
Limit selection to hosts (comma separated list)

-l|--list downtimes|hosts|services|queue
List either services (the default) or hosts. Note that only the first character of
the argument is checked, so "icli -lh", "icli -ls" etc. are also fine.

-m|--match regex
Limit selection to hosts/services whose plugin output matches regex (perl regular
expression, case insensitive. see perlre).

Display "tactical overview"-style overview. By default (or when used with "-ls") the
number of all hosts and services (both total and divided by their state) is shown.

When used with "-lh", lists all hosts with the number of ok / warning / ... checks on
each host.

-U|--as-contact name
Only operate on service visible to name. Doesn't work for -lh yet, most useful for

NOTE: This is meant to help find out which services a user has access to. It is NOT
intended as a way to restrict access and should never be used that way.

-s|--service services
Limit selection to services (comma separated lists). Can be combined with -h/-g to
further narrow down the selection, but may also be used stand-alone.

Increase output verbosity. Can be combined up to -vvv

Show version information

-x|--cut-mode mode
What to do with lines which are too long for the terminal: nothing, cut off, line
break (with proper indentation). The default is line breaks

-z|--filter expression
Limit selection to hosts/services passing the filter. expression is a comma separated
list of filters, only hosts/services to which all filters apply are selected. See


This is the standard output method. It contains the following:

· Service description

· -v: Service Flags (Acknowledged, Flapping, Passive, !no checks)

· Service state (ok / warning / critical / unknown)

· -v: Current attempt / Max attempts

· Plugin output

Enabled with -ld

· Host name

· Host state (ok / down / unreachable)

· -v: Current attempt / Max attempts

· Plugin output

Enabled with -lq

· Host name

· Service name

· Last check

· Next check


Each expression can be negated with an exclamation mark, e.g. "!A" for all non-
acknowledged services.

A Check state has been acknowledged

D The host this service belongs to is Down or Unreachable

F Service is flapping between states

N Notifications for this service are disabled

P Only passive checks are enabled. Note that !P simply means that active checks are
enabled, no matter the status of passive checks

S Check state is soft. For instance, it used to be OK and is now critical, but has not
reached its maximum number and caused a notification yet. Good to find (or ignore)
service problems which might just be temporary, non-critical glitches.

o Host/Service state is OK

w Service state is Warning

c Service state is Critical

u Service state is Unknown

p Host or service state is Pending

d Host state is Down

x Host state is Unreachable


Zero, unless errors occured.




· autodie (included with perl >= 5.10.1)

· DateTime

· DateTime::Format::Strptime

· DateTime::TimeZone

· Term::Size

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