The Logfile Navigator, lnav for short, is a curses-based tool for viewing and analyzing log files. The value added by lnav over text viewers or editors is that it takes advantage of any semantic information that can be gleaned from the log file, such as timestamps and log levels. Using this extra semantic information, lnav can do things like interleaving messages from different files, generate histograms of messages over time, and provide hotkeys for navigating through the file. These features are meant to allow the user to quickly and efficiently focus on problems.
Pulse 2 is a tool that simplifies application deployment, inventory, and maintenance of an IT network. It has been designed to handle anywhere from dozens of computers on a single site to 100 000+ computers spread on many sites. It is an easy-to-use, safe, and flexible solution that lets you create and deploy hard disk images of your computers, deploy new software and security updates on all your IT assets, perform software and hardware inventory, and perform remote diagnostics and remote management.
Diskus is a high-level hard drive diagnostic and limited repair tool. It checks the disk geometry by writing numbered IDs into the sectors of the hard drive. Later one can verify that these sector-IDs on the disk are still correct, thereby detecting data which was not correctly written. There is an option to "freshen" the data on your harddrive, which will read and rewrite the sectors. With modern drives this will re-map defective sectors.
Exbase is a backup system which aims to replace hand-written backup scripts. Instead of writing backup scripts for each kind of system, Exbase adopts this task by working as some kind of middleware between the backup source and its targets. Exbase is configured using an XML configuration file. Exbase works by fetching data from the source(s) and delivering it to the target(s). Sources and targets may take a wide variety of forms.
rstash is a server and client for transferring files over a network into file drop boxes on the server. It is primarily aimed at transferring things such as backup files from one host to another without opening up complete shell accounts, NFS, FTP, or other full file transfer mechanisms. The server has a set of boxes into which the client can put named files in a write-only fashion. No access to any portions of the server's file system outside the configured drop boxes is permitted.
pyproctools is a set of various command line tools to get information from the /proc filesystem. It is based on the proctools utilities of Solaris. The commands include pwait, which waits for the specified processes to terminate; pstop, which stops each process (with SIGSTOP); pcont, which continues running a previously stopped process (with SIGCONT); pfd, which shows the open file descriptors for each pid; and pldd, which lists the dynamic libraries and other files mapped into each process.
Phacter is a Python port of facter, a tool included in Puppet. It provides an inventory of your system and, depending on how it is run, will return this data to stdout or as a Python dict. It is the first part of a project that aims to be a Python-based systems administration framework called Speed (ServersOnSpeed).