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Splunk_TA_nix on HP-UX: ps: illegal option -- o

mikelanghorst
Motivator

Recently started installing the *Nix TA on our HP-UX hosts, and noticed that uptime.sh fails, even though the if statement within is looking for HP-UX.

From uptime.sh:
# This should work for any POSIX-compliant system, but in case it doesn't
# we have left the individual OS names here to be broken out later on.
if [ "x$KERNEL" = "xLinux" -o "x$KERNEL" = "xSunOS" -o "x$KERNEL" = "xAIX" -o "x$KERNEL" = "xHP-UX" -o "x$KERNEL" = "xDarwin" -o "x$KERNEL" = "xFreeBSD" ] ; then
assertHaveCommand date
assertHaveCommand ps
CMD='eval date; LC_ALL=POSIX ps -o etime= -p 1'
....

When I attempt to run:
root@blah#./uptime.sh
ps: illegal option -- o
usage: ps [-edaxzflP] [-u ulist] [-g glist] [-p plist] [-t tlist] [-R prmgroup] [-Z psetidlist]
Fri Nov 1 11:42:41 PDT 2013 SystemUpTime=

1 Solution

mikelanghorst
Motivator

Finally circled back to this and found the issue. HP-UX needs "UNIX95=1" set to use the -o switch for ps. It's using ps in this script, to get the SystemUpTime field.

I've just updated my copy of the script with the following snippet.
- #Setting UNIX95 for HP-UX
- if [ "x$KERNEL" = "xHP-UX" ]; then
- export UNIX95=1
- fi

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mikelanghorst
Motivator

Finally circled back to this and found the issue. HP-UX needs "UNIX95=1" set to use the -o switch for ps. It's using ps in this script, to get the SystemUpTime field.

I've just updated my copy of the script with the following snippet.
- #Setting UNIX95 for HP-UX
- if [ "x$KERNEL" = "xHP-UX" ]; then
- export UNIX95=1
- fi

mikelanghorst
Motivator

it was already set in the ps.sh script, which is how I stumbled across it. I tried to copy/paste the CMD from ps.sh and got that same error.

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araitz
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Thanks Mike! The UNIX95 variable is certainly one of the most interesting things I've discovered through authoring some of this add-on: http://jreypo.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/unix95-and-ps-command/

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araitz
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Thanks Mike, I filed NIX-596 for this issue.

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