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PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.3.0 released

Apr 21, 1999, 08:47 (1 Talkback[s])

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What Is PIKT?

  • An acronym:  Problem Informant/Killer Tool.  (PIKT rhymes with "ticket".)
  • An innovative new paradigm for administering heterogeneous networked workstations.  PIKT monitors systems, reports problems, and fixes those problems automatically whenever possible.
  • An embedded scripting language.  Sporting an especially clean syntax, the PIKT scripting language shares many elements in common with other familiar languages.  But the PIKT language breaks new ground, introducing unique features to make your programming easier.
  • A sophisticated script preprocessor and control mechanism for managing your administrative scripts.  You can, setting aside the PIKT language, even use it to version control, install, error log, and schedule programs written in other languages, as well as to employ macros, meta-comments, and C-like #if, #ifdef, and #include directives in Perl, AWK, etc.
  • Distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • Available now for Solaris, SunOS, FreeBSD, and GNU/Linux.  (Other ports are anticipated.)


What Is PIKT Not?  (Or At Least Not Yet)

  • A GUI-enhanced system.  (We expect that will follow, but as an option only.  Have you ever tried using X Window to administer systems from home over a slow modem connection?)
  • An all-purpose programming language.  (You would not want to use PIKT to compute pi to 1,000,000 decimal places, or write that hot, new Quake clone.)  PIKT is (for now) intended for systems administration only.
  • Available for Windows NT.  (This, too, is contemplated.)
  • The last word in systems monitors.  (But maybe it's farther back in the dictionary.)

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