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PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.11.0 released

Sep 05, 2000, 06:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Osterlund)

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PIKT, an innovative new paradigm for administering heterogeneous networked workstations, is a cross-platform, multi-functional tool for monitoring systems, reporting and fixing problems, and managing system configurations. PIKT is quickly gathering potential as a serious security management system. PIKT consists of an embedded scripting language with unique, labor-saving features; a sophisticated script (and system config file) preprocessor, scheduler, and installer; and other useful tools. PIKT is a category buster with many, many different uses limited only by your ingenuity and imagination.

Highlights of 1.11.0: Added new 'piktc -m#' option for doing checksum compares (file integrity checking). Added new 'piktc -L' option for generating custom system lists. Added #verbatim preprocessor directive for including a file "as is". Added automatic input file rewrites (for excluding or modifying lines). Added automatic, implicit definition of "non" hostgroups (set complements). Speeded up associative array processing. Fixed a serious memory leak in the script parser, also several other bugs.

PIKT is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Available now for GNU/Linux, AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, OpenBSD, Solaris, and SunOS. For more info, and complete source code, documentation, and data files, please visit the PIKT Web site at:

http://pikt.uchicago.edu/pikt