Healthchecks.io ping endpoints accept HTTP HEAD, GET and POST request methods.
When using HTTP POST, you can include an arbitrary payload in the request body. Healthchecks.io will log the first 100 kilobytes (100 000 bytes) of the request body, so that you can inspect it later.
In this example, we run
certbot renew, capture its output (both the stdout
and stderr streams), and submit the captured output to Healthchecks.io:
#!/bin/sh m=$(/usr/bin/certbot renew 2>&1) curl -fsS -m 10 --retry 5 --data-raw "$m" https://hc-ping.com/your-uuid-here
We can extend the previous example and signal either success or failure depending on the exit code:
#!/bin/sh m=$(/usr/bin/certbot renew 2>&1) curl -fsS -m 10 --retry 5 --data-raw "$m" https://hc-ping.com/your-uuid-here/$?
If the command produces a lot of output, you may run into the following error:
/usr/bin/curl: Argument list too long
In that case, one workaround is to save the output to a temporary file, then tell curl to send the file as the request body:
#!/bin/sh /usr/bin/certbot renew > /tmp/certbot-renew.log 2>&1 curl -fsS -m 10 --retry 5 --data-binary @/tmp/certbot-renew.log https://hc-ping.com/your-uuid-here/$?
Runitor is a third-party utility that runs the supplied command, captures its output and reports to Healthchecks.io. It also measures the execution time and retries HTTP requests on transient errors. Best of all, the syntax is simple and clean:
runitor -uuid your-uuid-here -- /usr/bin/certbot renew
You may sometimes want to log diagnostic information without altering the check's current state. Healthchecks.io provides the /log endpoint just for that. When you send an HTTP POST request to this endpoint, Healthchecks.io will log the event and display it in check's "Events" section but will keep the check's state unchanged.
While Healthchecks.io can store a small amount of logs in a pinch, it is not specifically designed for that. If you run into the issue of logs getting cut off, consider the following options:
#!/bin/sh m=$(dmesg | tail --bytes=100000) curl -fsS -m 10 --retry 5 --data-raw "$m" https://hc-ping.com/your-uuid-here
In the check's details page, Events section, click on individual events to see full event details, including the captured log information.
In the dialog that opens, use the "Download Original" link to download the request body data, exactly as it was submitted to Healthchecks.io: