Using Monit Environment Variables with exec

If you read the Monit documentation, it tells you exactly how to use Monit environment variables when using exec.

No environment variables are used by Monit. However, when Monit executes a start/stop/restart program or an exec action, it will set several environment variables which can be utilised by the executable to get information about the event, which triggered the action.

I can be smart, but sometimes I can be daft. You don’t want to use the variables within your monit configuration, but instead, you want to use these variables in your exec script.

Here’s a great example of how to use $MONIT_EVENT. First set up a monit check

check system $HOST-steal
    if cpu (steal) > 0.1% for 1 cycles
        then exec ""
        AND repeat every 10 cycles

Now here’s which will use $MONIT_EVENT

echo "Monit Event: $MONIT_EVENT" | mail -s "$MONIT_EVENT" [email protected]

I was in a rush and felt I had to post this to help others who might overlook this.

Large Mail Folder and imapsync Error “NO Server Unavailable. 15”

I was having issues migration the “Sent Items” folder on a hosted Exchange 2013 account to Microsoft 365. The hosted Exchange 2013 server was returning a “NO Server Unavailable. 15” error when trying to select the “Sent Items” folder with 33,000 messages.

Digging further, I couldn’t find anything until I stumbled upon this thread on the Microsoft forums.

I’ve come across this issue twice with 2 different exchange 2013 farms while setting up IMAP to use IMAPSync to migrate mail. The issue only happened when accessing 1 folder with lots of mail messages. A simple test is to use OpenSSL to verify the issue like:

openssl s_client -quiet -crlf -connect
A01 login domain/user password
A02 LIST “” *
A03 SELECT “problem folder”

IMAP will return: A03 NO Server Unavailable. 15

After change lots of IMAP settings, the resolution is to enable IMAP protocol logging. It was previously (by default) disabled and this issue would happen. We disabled it again and the problem returned for the same mailbox. Re-enabled logging en voila works.

Set-ImapSettings -Server <server-name> -ProtocolLogEnabled $true

Hope this helps someone!

MySQL, Percona, MariaDB Error: Out of sort memory, consider increasing server sort buffer size!

There is a bug in MySQL 8.0.18, and above it was patched in 8.0.28

It looks as though Percona released version 8.0.28, which includes all features and bug fixes in MySQL. However, if you only do security updates, it’s possible you might have an older version of Percona based on your server’s deployment date. You can run MySQL --version via SSH to confirm.

If you’re not on 8.0.28, then you can run apt-get update and then apt-get upgrade. However, this will upgrade all packages on the system. So instead, you might just want to update Percona by running apt-get install --only-upgrade percona-server-common.

If you’re worried about what apt-get upgrade will do, you can run it in safe mode and see what packages will be upgraded and their version; simply type apt-get -V -s upgrade.

As for MariaDB, this was patched in 10.5.7 same process applies as above.

SynoCommunity “Invalid location” error

When trying to install the SynoCommunity to your Synology’s package manager, you might get the “Invalid location” error, as shown in the screenshot below.

Excuse the location, this was from Google Images as I didn’t take a screenshot when the issue was occurring.

You can find the cause of this issue on the SynoCommunity Github, under the following issue.

The root cause as explained by the creator of SynoCommunity

So yes after some testing on my end I can confirm that the trust certificates on a not fully updated DSM 6 are too old (a certificate must have expired recently). If you want to continue to stay on an old versions (not recommended obviously) you can update the trust store manually by overriding the file with a more recent one (assuming you trust the curl developers), using SSH: sudo mv /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt.bak && sudo curl -Lko /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt This will fix the issue, alternatively you can set the clock back. The best solution however is to update to a more recent DSM6 version.

So if you’re running DSM6, update to the latest available version or DSM7 if supported. Otherwise, the following command will resolve the issue.

sudo mv /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt.bak && sudo curl -Lko /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

Synology Mail Server Fix “Enable User Name Service” Mirrored Content

If you’ve ever installed Synology Mail Server, you might have had the “Enable User Home Server” error pop-up. Even after enabling this setting and restarting, the error still comes up.

I’m mirroring this page just incase

How to fix “Enable User Home Service” or “The operation failed” if you try to disable User Home Service. Applies to Moments and other packages that rely on User Home Service

Ppbarney @pbarneyJul 08, 20210 Replies 298 Views 1 Likes Toggle Dropdown

Apparently, when you enable the user home service on the Synology NAS, it incorrectly places the homes directory in /var/services/homes even though it’s supposed to be in /volume1/homes (with a symlink to it in /var/services/homes).

This creates a number of problems, including potential loss of user data on upgrades, but it also causes many other packages that depend on the user home service to fail.

The solution to this apparently very common problem can be found on Gabriel Viso Carrera’s web page at

The fix on that page solved the problem completely.

Here is the basic fix:

  1. SSH into your NAS (you can set up SSH at Control Panel → Terminal & SNMP → Terminal tab → Enable SSH service)
  2. go to the services folder: cd /var/services
  3. create an archive of existing user files (if necessary): tar cfz /volume1/homes/homes-backup.tgz homes
  4. remove the homes folder: sudo rm -rf homes
  5. Create a symbolic link to /volume1/homes: sudo ln -s /volume1/homes homes

At this point, you can untar your user files archive if necessary into /volume1/homes.

After this, Moments will work. This also applies to other packages that rely on the User Home Service.

Note: his page with the solution is also added to the Internet Archive at in case his website ever disappears.

MSP360 (Cloudberry) Backup SSL Certificate Expired when using Backblaze B2 Storage

If you’ve been using the MSP360 backup client on older CentOS hosts, you might have run into this error.


Upon further investigation, the agent error log /opt/local/Online Backup/<INSERTUUIDHERE>/logs/log_worker_<ANOTHERUUID>}.log show the following errors.


The issue was being on the client version Linux (rpm) v. of which this MSP360 community support thread speaks about upgrading to the latest version of the client.

To do so, you need to click on “Downloads” from your MSP360 admin dashboard and request the update of the default build. The new build ended up being

Once done, you can then update your clients under RMM->Remote Management, then click the settings icon to the far right and then click “Force Update”.