Your application might also want to have some control over Nagios. You might want to expose an interface for users to take control of your monitoring system, for example, a web interface or a client-server system. You might also want to handle custom authorization and access the control list. This is something that is beyond the functionality offered by the web interface that Nagios comes with.
In such cases, it is best to create your own system for reading the current status as well as for sending commands directly over the external command pipe. In both cases, this is very easy to do from any programming language.
The first thing that we can do is to show Nagios' current status. This requires reading the
status.dat file, parsing ...