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PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, 1.12.0 released

Nov 13, 2000, 07:35 (1 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 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 1.12.0: Added secret key host authentication (similar to what ssh and openssh use); added piktc-to-piktc_svc data encryption for file and command output transfers; improved diagnostic and security logging; allowed for empty host lists in systems.cfg; relaxed systems.cfg syntax; fixed a potentially nasty 'make install' bug; introduced several new Pikt functions; changed how piktc does file fetches, now permitting all OSes to enjoy the benefits of 'piktc -f' file diffs; made numerous bug fixes and many other code improvements.

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