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From:Jean-Luc Fontaine Date:December 25 2003 2:07pm
Subject:ANNOUNCE: moodss-17.14 and moomps-2.16
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### CHANGES ###

- --- moodss 17.14 and moomps 2.16 ---

- - upgraded myvars module for MySQL 4.0.17 support
- - in moodss GUI:
~  - allow saving configuration (in a .moo file) in database history
~    mode, so that building database based dashboards is possible
~  - in history (database browsing) mode, automatically disconnect from
~    database when instances viewers is destroyed
~  - when a module is updated or periodically updating, no longer set
~    the mouse cursor to a watch as that seems to eat X Window server
~    memory (on Linux at least)
~  - in database history mode, in module instance table, displayed
~    values were not limited in time by leftmost instant cursor
~  - made configuration and preferences dialog boxes tree look closer
~    to standard
~  - uses newest BWidget 1.7.0 release
- - in moomps daemon:
~  - disallow and report error when configuration file(s) contain(s)
~    database instance modules
- - in partitions module, number of kilobytes read or written was based
~  on incorrect values in /proc/partitions file (should be fine now
~  provided disk sector size is 512 bytes, as it seems to be always the
~  case with 2.4 and above kernels)
- - when installed as a rpm, the System Tools/Monitoring menu now
~  launches moodss with a predefined dashboard for linux, including
~  CPU, memory and mounted file systems statistics
- - included sample dashboard for Linux in moodss tarball (linux.moo)
- - made tclodbc, tclperl and tclpython rpms for Red Hat Fedora Core 1
~  available on homepage

### README ###

This is moodss (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic SpreadSheet) version
17.14 and moomps (Modular Object Oriented Multi-Purpose Service)
version 2.16.

For Unix Review, moodss is "a must-have application for today's
network and systems administrators".
Moodss won in the Best System Admin Technology category (Tcl Tips and
Tricks, Valuable Real World Programming Examples) at the O'Reilly
Tcl/Tk 1999 Conference.
Linux Magazine calls it a "lifesaver".
Tucows gives it 5 stars (cows or penguins :-).

Moodss is a modular application. It displays data described and
updated in one or more modules, which can be specified in the command
line or dynamically loaded or unloaded while the application is
running. Data is originally displayed in tables. Graphical viewers
(graph, bar, 3D pie charts, ...), summary tables (with current,
average, minimum and maximum values) and free text viewers can be
created from any number of table cells, originating from any of the
displayed viewers. The display area can be extended by adding pages
with notebook tabs. Thresholds can be set on any number of cells.

Moomps (shipped with moodss) is a monitoring daemon which works using
configuration files created by moodss. Thresholds, when crossed,
create messages in the system log, and eventually trigger the sending
of email alert messages and the execution of user defined scripts.

For both moodss and moomps, it is also possible to use a database as a
storage mean, so that data history is for example available for
presentations and graphs, via commonly available spreadsheet software.

Specific modules can easily be developed in the Tcl, Perl and Python
scripting languages or in C.

A thorough and intuitive drag'n'drop scheme is used for most viewer
editing tasks: creation, modification, type mutation, destruction,
... and thresholds creation. Table rows can be sorted in increasing or
decreasing order by clicking on column titles. The current
configuration (modules, tables and viewers geometry, ...) can be saved
in a file at any time, and later loaded at the user's convenience,
thus achieving a dashboard functionality.

The module code is the link between the moodss core and the data to be
displayed. All the specific code is kept in the module package. Since
module data access is entirely customizable (through C code, Tcl,
Perl, Python, HTTP, ...) and since several modules can be loaded at
once, applications for moodss become limitless.

Many modules are provided, such as a comprehensive set for Linux
system monitoring, MySQL, network, SNMP, Python and Perl modules
examples. For example, thoroughly monitor a dynamic web server on a
single dashboard with graphs, using the Apache, MySQL, ODBC, cpustats,
memstats, ... modules. If you have replicated servers, dynamically add
them to your view, even load the snmp module on the fly and let your
imagination take over...

Thorough help is provided through menus, widget tips, a message area,
a module help window and a global help window with a complete HTML

Moodss is multi-lingual thanks to Tcl internationalization
capabilities. So far only English and partially French are
supported. Help with other languages will be very warmly welcomed.

Development of moodss is continuing and as more features are added in
future versions, backward module code compatibility will be maintained.


you may find it now at my homepage:

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Jean-Luc Fontaine  mailto:jfontain@stripped

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ANNOUNCE: moodss-17.14 and moomps-2.16Jean-Luc Fontaine25 Dec