Extended Testing

Extended testing is an advanced feature. If you are just starting out with argus it is recommended that you stick to the standard built-in service tests as described in services

Most services (those places where it makes sense) can do various comparisons on the service’s result:

  • expect - a regular expression to expect
  • nexpect - a regular expression to not expect
  • eqvalue - value must be equal to this
  • nevalue - value must not be equal to this
  • minvalue - value must be this or more
  • maxvalue - value must be this or less

There are also several pre-processing and calculations that can be performed before testing

  • pluck - a regular expression used to pull a value out of some content.
  • unpack - an unpack expression to pull a value from a binary packet
  • jpath - a jsonpath expression to pull a value from json content
  • xpath - a XPath expression to pull a value from xml content
  • calc - perform a calculation, such as averaging, or rate
  • expr - apply a mathematical expression
  • scale - apply a scale factor

for example

        Service TCP {
                uname:          disk-space
                messagedn:      /home is nearly full
                port:           6543
                send:           /home
                pluck:          \s(\d+)%
                maxvalue:       90
        Service UDP/NTP {
                uname:          dispersion
                messagedn:      clock has drifted too far
                unpack:         x8 N
                scale:          65536
                maxvalue:       2
        Service UDP/DNS/Serial/example.com {
                minvalue:       2002010100
                maxvalue:       2004123100
        Service TCP/URL {
                url:            http://api.example.com/inventory.json
                jpath:          $.store.book[0].price
                expr:           x * 100
                minvalue:       100
                maxvalue:       200
        Service TCP/URL {
                url:            http://api.example.com/inventory.xml
                xpath:          /store/book[1]/price
                expr:           x * 100
                minvalue:       100
                maxvalue:       200

Aberrant Behavior Detection

Services can be checked for values outside of the predicted range using Holt Winters


All services which can make use of the extended tests can have the resulting value graphed. See the documentation on graphing.