app to alert on non-arrival of email / sms
May 6, 2016 12:00 PM   Subscribe

This is proving difficult to Google. I'm looking for a service that generates an alert when an expected email does *not* arrive at the expected time (with some leeway). Double plus good if it can do the same for an expected SMS.

I'm looking to test a negative: be alerted when my system fails to send invitations via email or sms. I would need to define the email by sender and / or subject, and configure an alert to myself if the email didn't arrive daily by a set time.

It wouldn't be that hard to build this, but I don't want to build it if something exists already. Does it?
posted by grubby to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There is this: / It works in a sort of challenge/response fashion. I would suggest googling for 'deadman'.
posted by scolbath at 12:59 PM on May 6, 2016

You want a heartbeat/watchdog time that executes a script that greps through you email/SMS stack for the text you are expecting and another script that clears the stack.

On linux you can search for watchdog and watchdog.conf
posted by pdoege at 12:59 PM on May 6, 2016

Boomerang does a thing close to this- if you send an email and don't get a reply, you can set it to ping you. I don't know if it can be configured for your needs.
posted by nat at 1:22 PM on May 6, 2016

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