How to configure NRPE under xinetd

It’s really simple to configure NRPE to run under xinetd in Linux. Here’s how to install it.

1. First install nrpe using yum. Your default Redhat/CentOS distro should come with xinetd pre-installed and running. If not, install xinetd as well.

yum install nrpe

2. under /etc/xinetd.d/ create a file called ‘nrpe’ and copy and past the below contents:

# default: on
# description: NRPE (Nagios Remote Plugin Executor)
service nrpe
        flags           = REUSE
        type            = UNLISTED
        port            = 5666
        socket_type     = stream
        wait            = no
        user            = nagios
        group           = nagios
        server          = /usr/sbin/nrpe
        server_args     = -c /etc/nagios/nrpe.cfg --inetd
        log_on_failure  += USERID
        disable         = no
#       only_from       =

You can un-comment the ‘only_from’ option if you want to restrict IP access to the client.
3. Restart the xinetd service

service xinetd restart

4. Check if the service is running and listening on 5666

[root@linux ~]# netstat -nap |grep 5666
tcp        0      0      *                   LISTEN      8761/xinetd

5. Make sure your firewall allows tcp port 5666!
6. Configure your nagios server to check this host!

Note. Make sure you have the right plugins installed on the client and nagios server if you have any special checks. You can install them using yum.

Sample configuration on the server

Here’s a sample servce check that I implemented on the server which checks the load.

define service{
        use                             system-resource
        host_name                       Linux
        service_description             LOAD
        check_command                   check_nrpe!check_load

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