Pandora FMS Agent not connecting to localhost tentacle server

This is one of those silly gotchas that works on some servers but not on others. On servers you’ve probably gotten used to common server processes like mysql and ssh and so on listening on all IP addresses (

Doesn’t work that way on virtual (e.g. venet0) interfaces used with virtual servers. Few things get to have bindings like

You probably know the answer now – If your tentacle server is bound to a specific IP then if the Pandora Agent (client) on the actual Pandora Server itself tries a default of “localhost” i.e. connect to itself then that isn’t going to work at all if the tentacle server is not listening on but is listening on a specific IP address.

Fix is easy – do a netstat -an | grep 41121 and you’ll see something like…

tcp        0      0 X.X.X.X:41121*               LISTEN

where X.X.X.X is an actual IP address and not

In the /etc/pandora/pandora_agent.conf then set the server_ip to that IP address or, better, set it to the domain name that resolves to that IP.