I’ve recently spent some time working with Pacemaker, and ended up with an interesting collection of XPath snippets that I am publishing here for your use and/or amusement. Check if there are any inactive resources pcs status xml | xmllint –xpath ‘//resource[@active="false"]’ - >&/dev/null && echo "There are inactive resources" This selects any resource (//resource) in the output of pcs status xml that has the attribute active set to false. If there are no matches to this query, xmllint exits with an error code.