Real time alert template.


This module is not a replacement for scvoice but provided as template for custom modifications. People start to modify scvoice to send emails or other alert messages. The name scvoice is then just wrong.

If you want to customize scvoice, use scalert instead.



scalert inherits global options.


Type: boolean

Treat an event as new event when it is seen the first time. Default is false.


Type: list:string

List of agencyIDs to consider origins. The agencyID is extracted from the preferred origin of the event and compared with the configured IDs.

unset (=): use agencyID defined in global

empty list (=”“): all agencies are allowed


Type: string

The default message string for the event-script is “earthquake, [HOURS] hours [MINS] minutes ago, [DESC], magnitude [MAG], depth [DEP] kilometers” whereas [DESC] is the string given in the event.description attribute. This string can be overwritten using one of the following options. There are three placeholders that can be used: @region@, @dist@ and @poi@. Example: “@region@, @dist@ kilometers from @poi@ away”.


Type: double

When using the nearest point of interest (city) as part of the message string, specify the maximum distance in degrees from the event. Any point of interest farther away will be ignored. Default is 20.


Type: double

Minimum population for a city to become a point of interest. Default is 50000.


Type: string

The script to be called when an amplitude arrives. Network-, stationcode, amplitude and amplitude publicID are passed as parameters $1, $2, $3, $4.


Type: string

The script to be called when a preliminary origin arrives. Latitude and longitude are passed as parameters $1 and $2.


Type: string

The script to be called when an event has been declared. The message string, a flag (1=new event, 0=update event), the EventID, the arrival count and the magnitude (optional when set) are passed as parameters $1, $2, $3, $4 and $5.



-h, --help

show help message.

-V, --version

show version information

--config-file arg

Use alternative configuration file. When this option is used the loading of all stages is disabled. Only the given configuration file is parsed and used. To use another name for the configuration create a symbolic link of the application or copy it, eg scautopick -> scautopick2.

--plugins arg

Load given plugins.

-D, --daemon

Run as daemon. This means the application will fork itself and doesn’t need to be started with &.

--auto-shutdown arg

Enable/disable self-shutdown because a master module shutdown. This only works when messaging is enabled and the master module sends a shutdown message (enabled with –start-stop-msg for the master module).

--shutdown-master-module arg

Sets the name of the master-module used for auto-shutdown. This is the application name of the module actually started. If symlinks are used then it is the name of the symlinked application.

--shutdown-master-username arg

Sets the name of the master-username of the messaging used for auto-shutdown. If “shutdown-master-module” is given as well this parameter is ignored.


Overrides configuration parameter firstNew.


--verbosity arg

Verbosity level [0..4]. 0:quiet, 1:error, 2:warning, 3:info, 4:debug

-v, --v

Increase verbosity level (may be repeated, eg. -vv)

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode: no logging output

--component arg

Limits the logging to a certain component. This option can be given more than once.

-s, --syslog

Use syslog logging back end. The output usually goes to /var/lib/messages.

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Debug mode: –verbosity=4 –console=1

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.


-u, --user arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.username.

-H, --host arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.server.

-t, --timeout arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.timeout.

-g, --primary-group arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.primaryGroup.

-S, --subscribe-group arg

A group to subscribe to. This option can be given more than once.

--encoding arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.encoding.

--start-stop-msg arg

Sets sending of a start- and a stop message.



List all supported database drivers.

-d, --database arg

The database connection string, format: service://user:pwd@host/database. “service” is the name of the database driver which can be queried with “–db-driver-list”.

--config-module arg

The configmodule to use.

--inventory-db arg

Load the inventory from the given database or file, format: [service://]location


Do not use the database at all


--amp-type arg

Specify the amplitude type to listen to.

--amp-script arg

Overrides configuration parameter scripts.amplitude.

--alert-script arg

Overrides configuration parameter scripts.alert.

--event-script arg

Overrides configuration parameter scripts.event.


--max-dist arg

Overrides configuration parameter poi.maxDist.

--min-population arg

Overrides configuration parameter poi.minPopulation.


-E, --eventid arg

Specify event ID that is used for testing. After running the alert scripts scvoice will exit.