Bash script to monitor system service

This bash script runs and checks to see if a service like httpd, or mysql is running and alerts if it is not.

Script Usage httpd mariadb

Where httpd and mariadb are the services you want to monitor/check.

Setup Script

Create file and paste the following contents in.


timeHour=date +%H # date/time just shows the hour
quietHour="02" # If it is this hour, then exit program, useful if services are expected to go down during a particular time for maintenance
if ( echo ${timeHour} | grep ${quietHour}); then
echo "Is during quiet time. Quiting."

function ALERT {
msg="~/ -b" # Sends a message to Microsoft Teams channel. Needs the script in the users home directory.
${msg} "$1"
if (systemctl status ${serviceName} | grep Active | grep inactive); then
ALERT "ERROR: $(hostname) - ${serviceName} - ${0} is inactive"
echo "ERROR: ${serviceName} is inactive!"
echo "Running!"
for i in $@
echo Checking ${i}

Note the script that is called is another script that is called that sends an alert to Microsoft Teams. Is not needed for this script to run, but allows for remote alerting.

Save file and make it executable

chmod +x

Add script to crontab (Optional)

crontab -e

The following runs the script every 5 minutes. Can change the 5 to 1 to run every minute. Change httpd and mariadb to the service you want to monitor.

*/5 * * * * /home/UserName/ httpd mariadb

Delete anonymous MySQL user

Log into mysql

mysql -u root -p

List users

select User,Host from mysql.user;

Should return something like the following

MariaDB [mysql]> select User,Host from user;
| User | Host |
| root | |
| librenms | localhost |
| | localhost.localdomain |
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)
MariaDB [mysql]>

Delete anonymous user

Note that there are two single quotes ‘ before the @ sign, not a double quote “

drop user ''@'localhost.localdomain';

apt install python-pip, Unable to locate package – Ubuntu

When trying to install pip on Ubuntu with

sudo apt install python-pip

get the following error

Unable to locate package python-pip

Does the same thing for other basic packages. One of which was nasm “Dependency for Chipsec”

Issue ended up being that the Community-maintaned source was not enabled. Enabled via the Software & Updates. Should be able to search for it and it should come up.

BASH Script to add new SFTP user and setup permissions

This script adds a new SFTP user with only sftp access.  Refer to this post on setting up a SFTP server.

Download script


Make executable

chmod +x

Run with the new user you want to create.

./ sftpUsername

You may need to edit the script and modify the location parameters.

# Automatically setup and add SFTP user
# Script creates new user and setups permissions
if grep -q ${newUser} /etc/passwd ;then
echo ${newUser} Already exsists. Aborting!
exit 1
mkdir -p ${sftpDir}/${newUser}/files
useradd -g sftpusers -d ${sftpDir}/${newUser}/files -s /sbin/nologin ${newUser}
passwd ${newUser}
chown ${newUser}:sftpusers /sftp/CareMark/files

Ubuntu apt-get install, error with org.freedesktop.systemd1.service

Had an issue trying to recover from a failed upgrade.  Apt would complain about dependencies, suggested running apt-get install -f.

Running apt-get install -f would still fail.  It showed a conflict with the systemd1.service, ended up renaming the file with the following command

sudo mv /usr/share/dbus-1/system-service/org.freedesktop.systemd1.service{,bak}

and reran

sudo apt-get install -f

after that I was able to rerun the upgrade and finish

sudo apt-get upgrade

Connect to WiFi network via command line

Easiest way is to use the Network Manager nmtui tool


It gives you a “command line GUI” to search and select your preferred WiFi network.

Alternate way is to use the iw tools.

Scan for available WiFi networks

iwlist scan

Connect with iwconfig, replace WiFiName with your WiFi name.  Note this only works with open networks.

iwconfig wlan0 essid WiFiName

You’ll need to get an address now, so run


Check if your DNS is working.  If not, as a “hack” manually add it to /etc/resolv.conf and restart the networking service.

sudo echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf
sudo service networking restart

Your not supposed to manually put the nameservers in resolv.conf.  But it works in a pinch.