Utilities & Co
Here you find an assorted mix of projects for
which I assume there's enoungh public interest to justify a
release. It changes from time to time. Some of them have found
their way into GNU/Linux distributions, so check there first if
a prepackaged version is already available.
- If you
sometimes program in assembly language and use Emacs and
asm-mode.el, you're invited to try gas-mode.el. It is a
completely different approach at editing asm source code,
(internally parsing lines according to the syntax rules of
assembly language), which fixes drawbacks of asm-mode and
offers additional features intended to ease entering assembly
code. gas-mode is the designated successor of asm-mode. It
is meant replace it in the near future. All testing is
If you want to have an overview of PPP network usage, you
might want to have a look at netcount. It
collects data about uptimes, traffic and network speed. Using
this data, it outputs textual statistics on network usage thus
giving you the basic figures on your PPP/PPPoE account. It
doesn't need network filtering to be installed and works for
ppp0 (modem, dsl, cable) lines only.
Linux pppd is a nice piece of software.
nstat is meant to ease the task of
controlling it. It does nothing complicated, but it allows
you to see at a glance what state pppd is in (off, ready, or
on line) and to switch between states. It also can do
things like reanimating pppd if it dies unexpectedly.
netcount and nstat are
packaged together since they share a common logging program
and their size doesn't justify a third package which the two
would be sharing. As is true for netcount,
nstat only works if you have only one single
PPP connection which is through ppp0 (and pppoe, if needed).
nwload is a graphical traffic monitor that is
xisdnload(1) but offers additional operation
parameters and display formatting options. It works with any
networking device and supports a wide range of speed and
sample rates (200 ms or above).
This program doesn't fit into this line of programs except that
it uses Python too. It is only of interest to you if you
happen to own a Skymaster DXL 9400 digital satellite
receiver, which is sold as Tevion FTA 203 by Aldi in
Germany and other countries. You can use it to edit your
channel settings. It is available both for Linux and Windows.
All these utilities are published under the terms of
version 2 of the GPL, except for settevion, which
is free for personal use only. They generally don't suffer from 2
or 4 GByte overflow in network traffic measurement. To run the
Linux utilities, you need Python, which is available with any
Linux distribution and most probably already is installed on your
Heike C. Zimmerer
Last modified: Wed Nov 5 18:58:01 CET 2003