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Smokeping is a very useful daemon which can run a number of checks at certain intervals. Out of the box it will perform ping tests on hosts every 5 minutes. It can however be setup to monitor websites and response/connection times.

Updated for Debian Bullseye

 apt-get install smokeping

By default apache2 config gets enabled:
So http://domain/smokeping  will be work straight away. May want to change.

 vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/General
 #update contact and name etc.

Basic Config and Setup

vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/Targets
 + Burkesys_Cluster
 menu = Burkesys Cluster
 title = Burkesys Cluster
 ++ burkesys
 menu = Burkesys
 title =
 host =
 ++ twister
 menu = Twister
 title =
 host =

With some trial and error you'll get it. Apache should be setup with the following config: /etc/apache2/conf.d/smokeping. Just go to http://server/smokeping/smokeping.cgi Also watch /var/log/daemon.log where the smokeping daemon will send logs.

Curl Config for Smokeping to Test Websites

 vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/Probes
 #Under *** Probes ***, you will see FPing. Add this under it.
 + Curl
 binary = /usr/bin/curl
 extraargs = --head
 pings = 5
 urlformat = http://%host%/

 vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/Targets
 ++ www_burkesys
 probe = Curl
 menu = Burkesys(www)
 title =
 host =

 apt-get install curl
 #check that /usr/bin/curl exists.
 /etc/init.d/smokeping restart

DNS Test Config for Smokeping to Test Websites

 vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/Probes
 + DNS
 binary = /usr/bin/dig
 pings = 5
 step = 300
 timeout = 15

 vi /etc/smokeping/config.d/Targets
 ++ ns1_burkesys_com
 probe = DNS
 menu = Burkesys (ns1)
 title = Burkesys NS Server(
 host =
 lookup =
 server =

/etc/init.d/smokeping restart

Debug smokeping

 /etc/init.d/smokeping stop
 smokeping --debug
smokeping.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/21 23:50 by admin