In some situations, you just need a fast way to monitor MySQL and restart your service asap in case of crash. Neither a production script nor a replacement for a real server monitoring tool (like New Relic, ...) with IP fail over, but a basic solution when you just provisioned a low budget VPS with a very limited setup and still want to get a feedback for further logs details.
1) Install mailutils
It will be necessary to send an e-mail alert.
apt-get install mailutils
2) Create a script that will be called by the cron
Create a file and edit it.
Change the value of MAIL.
UP=$(sudo service mysql status | grep 'mysql start/running' | wc -l);
if [ "$UP" -eq 1 ];
echo "MYSQL is up.";
echo "MySQL is down. Sending alert and trying to restart.";
mail -s "MySQL server down at $HOSTNAME" "$MAIL" <<< "MySQL server is down and has tried to restart.";
sudo service mysql start;
Make the file executable.
chmod +x mysql.sh
3) Configure the cron
Edit the global cron.
Paste the following.
0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /bin/bash /root/monitoring/mysql.sh #MySQL monitoring : alert + try to restart service