The Heirloom Toolchest is a collection of standard Unix utilities. It was derived from original Unix material released as open source by Caldera and Sun, and contains multiple versions of each utility corresponding to SVID3/SVR4, SVID4/SVR4.2MP, POSIX.2-1992/SUSV2, POSIX.1-2001/SUSV3, and 4BSD (SVR4 /usr/ucb). It processes lines of arbitrary length and in many cases binary input data, supports characters in UTF-8 and many East Asian encodings, and contains more than 100 individual utilities including bc, cpio, diff, ed, file, find, grep, man, nawk, oawk, pax, ps, sed, sort, spell, and tar. Extensive documentation is included.
histbackup makes incremental backups of a directory tree in a set of directories named by dates, or date-time if the date already exists. Its companion script histbackup-prune controls the archive growth. The new backup is prepopulated by hardlinks of each file from the previous backup and then updated with rsync(1). This arranges that the only new content of each new backup is fresh copies of the changed files. In this way each backup directory is a full copy of the source directory but the disk space cost is that of an incremental backup. Because it uses rsync, it is possible to efficiently backup remote directories in this manner.
MAC vendor check is a script that gathers MAC addresses in a network and creates a list of the vendor of each device. It can be use to quickly check whether strange devices are present on the network, especially if there is no dedicated management software (like Cisco Works) in use on the network.
Plait (pronounced "play") is a command-line jukebox and music player front end. It understands brief, easy to type queries that pick a single song, mix queries that combine works from multiple artists, and stream queries that find Shoutcast radio streams. A variety of filters are available to pick just the music you want to hear. In order to actually play the music it finds, Plait automatically hands off a playlist to one of the supported music players, or creates a playlist that you can manually load.