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ecoSENTRY: The Event Severity Template

Starting with ecoSENTRY V2.96C, the application supports the use of a separate template file which allows the user to individually control the severity levels of each ecoSENTRY SNMPv2 InformRequests PDU (also commonly referred to as an SNMP trap). From the application menus, the user can only modify the severity level used by a whole group/set of event notifications. The values normally used by the application are:

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These additional features are enabled by placing a file called ecoSENTRY.sev on the same drive/directory where the application resides. Through the use of the template file, any of the notifications generated by the application can be individually enabled or disabled. At the same time, the user may also specify an override for the severity level (if required).

The application uses the standard T:LAN alarm severity levels to report events via SNMP:


  • Only template file lines starting with a digit (0-9) will be analyzed
  • The 1st number in each line represents the event code
  • Allows a maximum of 3 digits/event code. Refer to illustration above
  • Use the CUSTOM column to override the default severity level
  • Line contents beyond the first 10 characters will be treated as comments
  • Use either SPACES or TABS as separators
  • Upper or lower case supported
  • Avoid duplicating entries
  • Last line found with the same event code overrides prior entries
  • Modify the template file using any text editor
  • Then save the modified copy to the drive/directory where the application loads from
  • Make sure to name the file (exactly as shown): ecoSENTRY.sev
  • Re-start the ecoSENTRY app to apply changes
  • Requires ecoSENTRY V2.96C or newer
Supported values for the CUSTOM column are:
Custom ColumnResult
empty spacedefault severity applies
OFFsuppressed, no notification will be generated
INFOnotification sent with severity = INFORMATIONAL
WARNnotification sent with severity = WARNING
MIN1 to MIN9notification sent with severity = MINOR 1-9
MAJ1 to MAJ9notification sent with severity = MAJOR 1-9
CRI1 to CRI9notification sent with severity = CRITICAL 1-9
FAILnotification sent with severity = FAILED


As an example, here are a few modified lines from the custom severity template file:

50 User-FUELFILL Startxxxxx FILL Start

Which will effect the following changes (or not):

Set event #10 = GENSET Start to severity = MAJOR3

Disable event #19 = GENSET Fuel Leak reporting

DO NOT MODIFY event #50 = FILL Start reporting

Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

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