shell script - check mongod server is running

I have a shell script to do some mongo db actions:

e.g. mongo testdb --eval "db.dropDatabase()"

BUT, if the mongod server is not running, I get:

MongoDB shell version: 2.0.4
connecting to: testdb
Tue May 14 04:33:58 Error: couldn't connect to server shell/mongo.js:84

Is there a way in mongo I can check the connection status? Eventually I want something like:

if(mongod is running):
    mongo testdb --eval "db.dropDatabase()"
    echo "pls make sure your mongod is running"
    exit 1


You should be able to create a bash script like this:

mongo --eval "db.stats()"  # do a simple harmless command of some sort

RESULT=$?   # returns 0 if mongo eval succeeds

if [ $RESULT -ne 0 ]; then
    echo "mongodb not running"
    exit 1
    echo "mongodb running!"

this is what i run to check if mongod is up:

# this script checks if the mongod is running.
# if not, send mail


`ps -A | grep -q '[m]ongod'`

if [ "$?" -eq "0" ]; then
    exit 0
    echo "The mongod server SB2MDB01 is DOWN" | mailx \
    -s "Server DOWN: SB2MDB01" $EMAILIST

exit 0

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