RE: [nv-l] details from trapd.log

2004-07-08 14:28:12
Subject: RE: [nv-l] details from trapd.log
From: "Evans, Bill" <Bill.Evans AT hq.doe DOT gov>
To: "'nv-l AT lists.us.ibm DOT com'" <nv-l AT lists.us.ibm DOT com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 13:43:44 -0400

Unless you're using a different event browser than I am you are getting exactly the same information as is in the trapd.log entry.  Interpretation is extracted from the trapd.conf file.  The raw trap data is partially interpreted before logging so you have to reverse engineer from the description to the original Generic/Specific trap values. . 

  • Look in the header of the trapd.conf file for the enterprise name of the trap origin.   
  • The Generic/Specific values are interpreted in the log and both the original data and the interpretation are shown in the browser.  A string and explanation is shown in trapd.conf.
  • The source is interpreted from its abbreviation. (N is Netmon, A is agent).  Interpretation is from the Administrators Reference under trapd.conf.  Trapd.log gives the interpreted agent enterprise name If the trap is not from NetView and its components.  Also if the trap is from an agent, the detailed variables are in the log.   
  • Severity is from the trapd.conf encoding interpreted by the browser.
  • Category is also taken from trapd.conf.   


The key to Trapd.conf (/usr/OV/conf/C/trapd.conf) is the OID-Generic-Specific triplet.  All the data is there in the configuration except the translation of the source character.  


For example, this trap "1088606528 3  Wed Jun 30 10:42:08 2004 N043301.nmic.doe.gov    N Interface Ethernet down." has the binary date and its interpretation, followed by the name of the device, the indicator that it's a NetView trap and the description.  The description is "Interface <variable> down". 

·         The "N" will tell you to look in the NetView traps. "Interface" will narrow the field and "Down" will take you to the specific trap.  In this case:


IBM_NVIDWN_EV {} 6 58916867 N 3 0 "Status Events"




 msg $V3

 ifstatus DOWN

 hostaddr $V7

 ifname $V8



This event is generated by IBM Tivoli NetView when

it detects an interface is down


The data passed with the event are:

    1) ID of application sending the event

    2) Name or IP address

    3) Formatted description of the event

    4) Timestamp of the event and objid of the object

    5) Database name

    6) Selection name

    7) IP address

    8) Interface name


·         Ovobjprint on the name (N043302.nmic.doe.gov) will give you a wealth of detail on the device including the interfaces which will match the named one ("Ethernet").    

Bill Evans.
Tivoli NetView Support for DOE

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Subject: [nv-l] details from trapd.log


NV 7.1.3 / AIX5.1


Double-clicking on a trap/event in the event browser gives whole lot more information then looking at the same trap in the trapd.log file. How can I get to that level of information for an event that has already scrolled off the event browser window but is still available in the trapd.log file?




Fawad Qureshi

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