NAS Backup Server Disk Monitoring Shell Script

in Categories Backup, Diskadmin, Monitoring last updated September 13, 2008

A shell script to monitor server disk space and send an email alert to admin. This is useful if you are using rented dedicated / vps server and backup data to NAS everyday. This script will monitor disk space and it will send you an email. Make sure you setup your email id, NAS space alert limit and other required parameters. Directly install this script at /etc/cron.daily/ or open /etc/crontab and append following line:
@daily /path/to/

Sample shell script to monitor NAS backup disk space for your account

# Shell Script to monitor NAS backup disk space
# Shell script will mount NAS using mount command and look for total used
# disk space. If NAS is running out of disk space an email alert will be sent to
# admin.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Copyright (c) 2004 nixCraft project <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
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#*** SET ME FIRST ***#
GETNASIP=$(host ${NASIP} | awk '{ print $4}')
# Default warning limit is set to 17GiB
# Failsafe 
[ ! -d ${NASMNTPOINT} ] && mkdir -p ${NASMNTPOINT}
mount | grep //${GETNASIP}/${NASUSER}
# if not mounted, just mount nas
[ $? -eq 0 ] && : || mount -t cifs //${NASIP}/${NASUSER} -o username=${NASUSER},password=${NASPASS} ${NASMNTPOINT}
# get NAS disk space
nSPACE=$(du -hs|cut -d'G' -f1)
# Bug fix
# get around floating point by rounding off e.g 5.7G stored in $nSPACE 
# as shell cannot do floating point 
SPACE=$(echo $nSPACE | cut -d. -f1)
cd /
# compare and send an email 
if [ $SPACE -ge $LIMIT ]
        logger "Warning: NAS Running Out Of Disk Space [${SPACE} G]"
        mail -s 'NAS Server Disk Space' ${EMAILID} <<EOF
NAS server [ mounted at $(hostname) ] is running out of disk space!!!
Current allocation ${SPACE}G @ $(date) 
    logger "$(basename $0) ~ NAS server ${NASIP} has sufficent disk space for backup!"

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