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LISA 2000 Abstract

PIKT: Problem Informant/Killer Tool

Robert Osterlund, University of Chicago


When faced with the many problems that arise in a complex of heterogeneous networked workstations, systems administrators often resort to coding scripts to monitor and problem-solve, scripts that they then schedule via cron. PIKT is a new and innovative approach to monitor scripting and managing system configurations. PIKT consists of an embedded scripting language with unique labor-saving features, a sophisticated script and system configuration file preprocessor, a scheduler, an installer, and other useful tools. More than just a systems monitor, PIKT is also a cross-categorical toolkit for configuring systems, organizing system security, formatting documents, assisting command-line work, and performing other common systems administration tasks.

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