Thinking Out Loud

April 6, 2021

Detect Linux Host Restart

Filed under: awk_sed_grep,linux,shell scripting — mdinh @ 3:15 am

Sometime ago I had blogged about Monitor Linux Host Restart

The simple solution: How to email admins automatically after a Linux server starts?

Here is the example from root’s cron:

# crontab -l
@reboot su oracle -c '/home/oracle/scripts/' > /tmp/host_restart_alert.out 2>&1

Shell script is used because mail cannot be sent from local host and will need to be sent from remote host.

#!/bin/bash -x
SUBJECT="Node reboot detected for $(hostname)"
EMAILMESSAGE="$(hostname) was restarted `uptime -p| awk -F'up' '{print $2}'` ago at `uptime -s`"

# uptime reports minutely and need to sleep for at least 60s after host restart
sleep 63

ssh oracle@remotehost /bin/bash <<EOF
/home/oracle/scripts/ "$EMAILMESSAGE" "$SUBJECT" "$MAILFROM" "$MAILTO"


Why is there a need to detect host restart and isn’t there monitoring for the host?

This is Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer (ExaCC) environment.

When Oracle support performs patching, they do not provide any sort of communication or status and monitoring is disable for all hosts beforehand.

OPatchAuto to Patch a GI/RAC Environment.

After the patching is complete and your servers are restarted, you should check your product software to verify that the issue has been resolved.

This is why there is a need to detect and be notified for server restart.


  1. Hi Michael,

    I noticed You’re on ExaCC, any feedback regarding patching this beast with dbascli ?
    Trying to finalize JAN2021 EBS patching on my side, not an easy stuff.

    Comment by Grzegorz — April 6, 2021 @ 8:42 am | Reply

    • No info GG as the entire process is performed by Oracle support.

      Comment by mdinh — April 6, 2021 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

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