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PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.9.0 released

Feb 28, 2000, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
HIGHLIGHTS: Ported to OpenBSD. Implemented macro arguments. Added a new alert timing parameter, "drift", for random scheduling around a central time (or times). Speeded up piktc preprocessing. Made adjustments to accommodate "standard library" config files written to support all operating systems. Fixed a bug where, for some piktc operations, duplicate file names with different file paths were not being handled properly. Fixed a bug where, for FreeBSD, fork()'ed piktds would hang on _exit(). Fixed a script parser bug. Made many other code improvements.
PIKT, an innovative new paradigm for administering heterogeneous networked workstations, is a 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 comprises 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.

PIKT is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Available now for AIX, FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, 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:

Robert Osterlund, Unix Systems Manager
Grad School of Business, U of Chicago phone: 773/702-8898
1101 E. 58th Street, #309, Chicago, IL 60637, USA fax: 773/702-0233