I'm having bother with the get_request method.


I'm writing a script that will query a device via SNMP to check the
system time (it's a nagios check to make sure that devices are polling
NTP properly and not falling out of sync).


Unfortunately, the get request is returning in format I don't recognise
(possibly because of characters.


I'm doing a "get_request" for HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemDate.0
(1.3.6.1.2.1.25.6.3.1.5.1).


A snmpwalk indicates I should be getting returned is something like:


2006-11-4,18:23:55.8


(SNMPWALK returns precisely "HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemDate.0 =
STRING:2006-11-4,18:23:55.8"


What the get_request is giving me is "0x07d4010705181e00"


Can anyone shed any light on where I'm going wrong?


My code is:


use strict;
use Net::SNMP;


#
# Gather hostname and community string from call parameter
#


my $hostname = $ARGV[0]; # target host to be checked
my $community = $ARGV[1]; # SNMP Community string for exchange


#
# Define the current date
#


my ($sec,$min,$hour,$mday,$mon,$year,$wday,$yday,$isd st) = localtime
time;


#
# OID of System Time: HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemDate.0


my $snmpstring = '1.3.6.1.2.1.25.6.3.1.5.1';
#my $snmpstring = '1.3.6.1.2.1.25.1';
#my $datestring = $snmpstring . ".2";


my ($session, $error) = Net::SNMP->session( -hostname => $hostname,
-community =>
$community,
-timeout => 5);


my $hostdatestring = $session->get_request("$snmpstring");


$session->close;


#
# Error out and set warning status in nagios if no result back from
SNMP
#


if (!defined($hostdatestring)) {
printf("ERROR: No result - $session->error, $error");
$session->close;
exit 1;


}


#print "datestring -> $datestring\n";


my $systemdate = $hostdatestring->{$snmpstring};


print $systemdate;


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