September 17, 2004

PIKT 1.17.0 released

berto writes "PIKT, Problem Informant/Killer Tool, v1.17.0 has been released.

PIKT is a cross-categorical, multi-purpose toolkit to monitor and configure computer systems, organize system security, format documents, assist command-line work, and perform other common systems administration tasks.

PIKT's primary purpose is to report and fix problems, but its flexibility and extendibility evoke many other uses limited only by your imagination.

One reviewer said of PIKT, "this is by far one of the most interesting/powerful tools I have seen for Linux administration." Another wrote that PIKT "excels at handling a diverse collection of machines, saves time and eliminates repetition, and gives you a global view of your site."

PIKT has been compared favorably to commercial software costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet PIKT is free!

Highlights of the latest release:

--Implemented several new preprocessor directives--#set, #setenv, and #echo--making possible a form of parameter passing to #include files, among other uses.
--Implemented the 'piktc -B' option for restoring files from backup.
--Introduced a new program, piktf ("pikt find"), for finding elements within the PIKT configuration.
--Implemented command-line item macros, giving A, O, P & F item specs the alias- and group- like functionality of H specs.
--Fixed several bugs, added a few minor extensions, and made other code improvements.

For further details, see the PIKT News page:

PIKT is available for Linux and many other flavors of Unix, including AIX, Digital UNIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, OpenBSD, SCO OpenServer, and Solaris. PIKT is Open Source software distributed under the GNU GPL.

To download PIKT, visit the Software page:

For more info, please visit the PIKT Web site at:

Thank you for your time.

Robert Osterlund
PIKT Maintainer"


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