No config files in nagios 2.4


Hi Guys,

I have installed nagios 2.4 and when i run preflight check command i am getting the following error

Nagios 2.4
Copyright © 1999-2006 Ethan Galstad (
Last Modified: 05-31-2006
License: GPL

Reading configuration data…

Running pre-flight check on configuration data…

Checking services…
Error: There are no services defined!
Checked 0 services.
Checking hosts…
Error: There are no hosts defined!
Checked 0 hosts.
Checking host groups…
Error: There are no host groups defined!
Checked 0 host groups.
Checking service groups…
Checked 0 service groups.
Checking contacts…
Error: There are no contacts defined!
Checked 0 contacts.
Checking contact groups…
Error: There are no contact groups defined!
Checked 0 contact groups.
Checking service escalations…
Checked 0 service escalations.
Checking service dependencies…
Checked 0 service dependencies.
Checking host escalations…
Checked 0 host escalations.
Checking host dependencies…
Checked 0 host dependencies.
Checking commands…
Checked 22 commands.
Checking time periods…
Checked 0 time periods.
Checking extended host info definitions…
Checked 0 extended host info definitions.
Checking extended service info definitions…
Checked 0 extended service info definitions.
Checking for circular paths between hosts…
Checking for circular host and service dependencies…
Checking global event handlers…
Checking obsessive compulsive processor commands…
Checking misc settings…

Total Warnings: 0
Total Errors: 5

***> One or more problems was encountered while running the pre-flight check…

 Check your configuration file(s) to ensure that they contain valid
 directives and data defintions.  If you are upgrading from a previous
 version of Nagios, you should be aware that some variables/definitions
 may have been removed or modified in this version.  Make sure to read
 the HTML documentation regarding the config files, as well as the
 'Whats New' section to find out what has changed.

I have checked the /usr/local/nagios/etc directory where it should be but i couldn’t find any hosts,groups …etc file in this directory.

I have only these sample files bigger.cfg cgi.cfg checkcommands.cfg minimal.cfg misccommands.cfg nagios.cfg resource.cfg

In nagios 2.4 we have create all these files manually or how to fix this problem



It appears you didn’t read the nagios docs closely. The docs state that these etc files are samples ONLY. You wll have to create the needed config files yourself.

I would suggest, that you do NOT use just one config file, like minimal.cfg. I would bust it up, into seperate files.
Your nagios.cfg file should end up looking something like this in it:
NOTICE how minimal.cfg is commented out???