Update to Xenial packages

Asked by Luka Pribanić on 2020-03-03

I am having issues gathering data where NRPE Plugin is on Ubuntu Bionic (18.04.4 LTS) and NRPE Server is on Ubuntu Xenial (16.04.6 LTS).

Both servers and packages are up to date, but according to https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nagios-nrpe Xenial packages are simply way behind.

Checks on servers as well:

Description: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
nagios-nrpe-server:
  Installed: 3.2.1-1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.2.1-1ubuntu1
nagios-plugins:
  Installed: 2.2-3ubuntu2
  Candidate: 2.2-3ubuntu2
nagios-nrpe-plugin:
  Installed: 3.2.1-1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.2.1-1ubuntu1

Description: Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
nagios-nrpe-server:
  Installed: 2.15-1ubuntu1.1
  Candidate: 2.15-1ubuntu1.1
nagios-plugins:
  Installed: 2.1.2-2ubuntu2
  Candidate: 2.1.2-2ubuntu2
nagios-nrpe-plugin:
  Installed: 2.15-1ubuntu1.1
  Candidate: 2.15-1ubuntu1.1

Are there plans to update these packages For Xenial LTS release?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

Manfred Hampl suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #3037: “no rolling release”.

I suggest you report a bug. If the bug and security fixes are significant then the package will be updated sooner rather than later

Luka Pribanić (luxzg) said : #3

2.15 available for Xenial is 2013 release and since there were many bugs squashed and security issues solved:
https://github.com/NagiosEnterprises/nrpe/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md

I have since found that "untrusted" repository of Stéphane Graber contains version 3.2.1 for 14.04 and 16.04 which works for me, as it matches version in official 18.04 repo:
https://launchpad.net/~stgraber/+archive/ubuntu/stgraber.net

As a side info, Nagios project as such is also deprecating NRPE in place of NCPA which is cross platform and more feature rich: https://assets.nagios.com/downloads/ncpa/docs/NCPA-Agent-Comparison.pdf

Deprecation after version 4.0.1 is official via their readme (Jan 28th 2020):
https://github.com/NagiosEnterprises/nrpe/blob/master/README.md

Likewise, the replacement package "NCPA" has means of installing through their own repo, as described here: https://www.nagios.org/ncpa/

Thus I will focus on setting up everything via NCPA, and I am not going to make people in Ubuntu maintain the package that is being deprecated.

I wrote above as info in case someone else looks for the same.