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://


New htop color scheme

From a couple of weeks I use htop in my work to get a fast view about the system status, htop is an an interactive process viewer for Linux, similar to classic UNIX top, but with some enhancements, for example a more configurable view, the integration with strace and lsof programs and much more.

But (and it’s a big “but” for me) I really dislike the color scheme that use by default. htop comming with five color schemes, but I cannot find any beautifull one (from my personal point of view, of course), so I decided to make a new schema. I called “blueweb” theme (dont’ ask) ;). And here is the result:

htop with blueweb theme
htop with blueweb theme

You can download the patch file for the htop source code. And yes, unfortunately you need to patch the code.

Now my htop looks nice 🙂



comida is a bash script designed to create a FTP (or HTTP, or rsync or…) mirror and maintain the archive synchronized with the source. I design this tool when I was working at the Free Software Office (OSL) in the University of A Corunna, and decided to create a new mirror in Spain which host a lot of free software projects. But, we wanted a single tool to manage all mirrors in the archive, with full integration in our web page (yes, we wanted on-the-fly status page).

You can download the source code from launchpad project page or using bzr version control system:

$ bzr get lp:comida