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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Toolmaker BOF
Meeting: NANOG26
Date / Time: 2002-10-28 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Room: Wilder
Presenters: Moderators:
Stephen Stuart, ISC.
Abstract: The software engineering process lends itself well to large, well-managed, multi-disciplinary teams producing well-defined products in response to detailed requirements analysis. As much fun as that sounds, sometimes what you really need is a short and simple answer to a short and simple question, preferably now.

The business of daily operations at almost every service provider depends on the existence of a herd of small, single-use scripts designed to emulate in a few seconds work that a human operator might take a couple of hours to do. The focus of these tools is usefulness in the hands of a network operator over engineering purity or elegance in design.

Questions that are readily answered by the judicious application of a small pile of scripts include:

  • What BGP sessions have gone down in the last hour?

  • What routers rebooted in the last five minutes?

  • What filters are defined, but not used?

  • What filters are used, but not defined?

  • What interfaces have been admin shutdown for over a month?

  • Who just tripped their maximum-prefix limits?

This BOF is a place for toolmakers to meet other toolmakers, and to exchange ideas, code, and horror stories.
Files: None.
Sponsors: None.

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