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We have grown as an international community of monitoring enthusiasts. Please respect the one and only rule: Use English as language.

Format topics with Markdown

New topics can be written using the editor in Markdown. There are many things you can and should do to improve readability with better formatting.

Code, configuration snippets, logs, shell output should be formatted with surrounding three backticks in a new line like this:

object Host "" {
  check_command = "icmp"
  address = ""

More tips on Markdown and general writing can be found in this howto.

Improve the Conversation

Treat this place like you would walk into a public park. Treat everyone with respect, even if someone disagrees on your opinion. Listen what others suggest and learn from their experience.

Create a new topic for your question with your own details. Older topics might not necessarily fit, and also requires others to scroll and read history to fully understand if your issue is the same.

Keep it friendly and relaxed

Please hide frustration when asking a question here. A message which has a negative tone feels different to a clear-cut problem description. Think about the other side and their feelings about your tone.


Please don’t stress it if answers take their time. We are human beings with our day job, and try to help you for free. Don’t be impolite and force one with a personal message, keep it public and wait for an answer.

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Things to keep in mind:

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  • Choose the right category. A question for #icinga:icinga-web-2 does not fit into #plugins or #metrics.

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Before you ask your question

Please make sure to include every little detail in your question. This helps community members to analyse your problem. They do not need to ask again to find out more about your issue.

Sometimes a screenshot or a handcrafted overview picture help even more to understand what you mean.


Please also ensure that your topic is properly formatted and readable for others. More hints on Markdown can be found here.

Details you should always include

  • Which documentation source did you use (URL, short quote).
  • Distribution name and its version (/etc/os-release or /etc/*-release or /etc/*-version) of any involved host.
  • Software versions (<applicationname> --version or web application - About).
  • Additional dependencies (php -v, ruby -v, python -V, etc.).
  • Installation method and download source (packages, or source, and if Git, git show -1).


yum info icinga2
apt-cache showpkg icinga2
zypper info icinga2

Steps to reproduce or understand the question

  • Configuration files you’ve edited (their content formatted with code tags, their location on disk).
  • Cluster and HA related configuration details (e.g. Zone/Endpoint configuration in zones.conf in Icinga 2, my.cnf for MySQL replication, etc.).
  • Order of things, e.g. notification was triggered, corresponding debug log entries, your analysis.
  • Which steps are needed to reproduce the problem standalone in a local environment, e.g. Docker or a (Vagrant) VM?


Keep your private details safe. Remove passwords, credentials, etc. and obfuscate host names from your company environment.

Add the things you’ve tried already

  • Configuration changes which did not work - they help explain your idea.
  • Docs and howtos you’ve found, maybe they do not match 100%.
  • If it could be a bug, did you try a snapshot package or attempted to fix it already?


Do your homework and describe your thoughts in detail. Don’t throw something short and ask for a ready-to-use solution.

Learn from others

Community members want to help you learning about all the tools we use and love. Please understand that you won’t get copy-paste solutions all the time. The more you are willing to invest into your learning curve, the more you will benefit later on :heart_eyes:

Helping others and learning new things is a good feeling. If you think the same, come back here on a regular basis and add your help and opinion. This is what matters most in our community. Others will honour this, making you the monitoring expert.

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