When a check fails and recovers, you really do want to be notified for each event, so getting only ONE notification is bad. Change your .cfgs to fix that and include the "r".
Getting notified multiple times for a service check means I have that check defined more than once, multiple instances of nagios running, or I have notification period set to some incredibly low setting.
It appears you have installed from some RPM since you stated something about the /etc directory, which is not where nagios is installed from source. So that right there is your first mistake, since we don't have access to the installation instructions for your particular RPM package.
I strongly suggest that if you are going to use nagios for any amount of time, that you ditch the RPM and install from source. That way, you have installation instructions that are 100% correct.
PS: unless you are on the nagios beta testing team or are a nagios expert, you should NOT be installing the beta, since you will run into multitudes of little problems and will be constantly wondering what is wrong.
Your main objective should be to get nagios running, and later, if you get comfortable with it, then try installing the beta.
Edited Thu Nov 10 2005, 08:55AM ]