New dtools and a bit more

Last week was crazy. I published a new release of dtools, the 4.2, a new web site for the dtools project and a couple of patches for version 5.0 of collectd.

In the last months, dtools becomes in an useful tool for me. I use dtools everyday for system administration in large distributed networks. So I decided to improve some functionalities and also test and retest current features, so in a couple of months I expect to launch a new release of dtools.

In the meantime, I still working in whistler, a XMPP bot for MUC rooms, I hope that SleekXMPP library, which is the XMPP engine used by whistler become to release early. At that point we must remove any dependency with the old xmpppy in the code and we will ready to release the version 2.0 of whistler.

New version of dtools

Today I was released a new version of dtools. Distributed tools, aka dtools is a project written in bash coding to create a suite of programs to allow running different UNIX comamnds parallelly in a list of tagged hosts.


  • Fully written in bash, no third party software required (except ssh, obviously).
  • Based in module architecture, easy to extend.
  • Full integration with ssh.
  • Easy to group hosts by tags or search by regular expression.
  • Manage of ssh hosts
  • Parseable output, but human-readable
  • Thinking in system admin, no special development skills required to extend the software.

Short Example

$ dt tag:linux ssh date
okay::dt:ssh:myhostlinux1.domain:Mon Nov 16 23:54:04 CET 2009
okay::dt:ssh:myhostlinux3.domain:Mon Nov 16 23:54:04 CET 2009
okay::dt:ssh:myhostlinux2.domain:Mon Nov 16 23:54:04 CET 2009

As usual, you can download the code from the project page, or if you wish you can download the code via git:

git clone git://


Distributed tools

For last months I needed to maintain a number of heterogeneous servers for mi work, I need to do some usually actions, like update a config file, restart a service, create local users etc.

For this purposes there are a lot of applications, like dsh (or full csm), pysh, shmux and many others (only need to perform a search in google using phrase “distributed shell”). Unfortunately for me, I want a easy-to-parse solution, because I’ve a big (really big) number of servers, and I want a single cut-based/awk parsing, and also I need to do some actions as other users (like root, for example) via sudo. Althought many of the existants solutions offers me a subset of this features, I cannot found a complete solution. So I decided to create one 😀

You can find the code, and some packages in the dtools development site. I was use this solution in production environment from months with excelent results, and you can feel free to use.

Of course, its free (of freedom) software, distributed under MIT license.

Enjoy and remember: feedback are welcome 😉