Monday Apr 12, 2010

Pkgapp 3.4 in the hopper!

Releasing soon

It has been a long time since my last update but a lot has transpired in the past few months.

Sun was bought by Oracle...in case you've been hiding in a cave waiting for the latest :)  As you can see I am still employed with Oracle. Although my company has changed, my day to day duties have remained the same: Sun Directory Server support, as well as DirTracer and Pkgapp maintenance.

With version 3.3, I changed how I gathered libraries from cores and processes. As a result, some international users had issues with localized versions of Sun web server.  Because of this bug and a few others, as well as needing a re-branding of the Pkgapp product from Sun to Oracle, I've been working these past few months on Pkgapp 3.4.

The code looks tight and the Pkgapp Reference Guide (pdf) is complete.  Once I get the okay from Oracle Legal on licensing, I can release this new version.  I'm hoping this will happen in the next few days, so stay tuned.

Lee

Friday Apr 25, 2008

The Dirtracer Blog is here!

Welcome to the new Dirtracer Blog!


I am Lee Trujillo, an Engineer supporting the Sun Java Directory Server since December 2003.  I am also the creator of Dirtracer, Sun's number one tool for tracing issues for our Sun Directory Server.

Early in 2004, I saw that the support organization had no formalized standard for asking for and obtaining data related to issues surrounding the Directory Server, so I created Stracer (Stack Tracer), the predecessor to Dirtracer (Directory Tracer).  Stracer 1.0 consisted of 169 lines of shell script that basically gathered pstacks, prstats and top output from a running ns-slapd process.  Conversely, Dirtracer 6x (2008) is a complex 2,590 line script of functions that can be combined in many ways to gather Directory data based on problem type.

Dirtracer is a troubleshooting tool designed to help reduce resolution time on complex Directory Server problems and to ease the data-gathering process for Sun's customers.

Dirtracer is part of the GDD (Gathering Debug Data) suite of tools and has already been used for years to tackle some of the most persistent, difficult Sun Java Systems Directory Server problems faced in the field.  For problems such as server hangs, crashes, and high cpu utilization, Dirtracer simplifies the sampling of system resources and crash data in order to help identify trends.

Save you and your customers time and aggravation -- discover the power of Dirtracer.

I expect Dirtracer version 6.0.6 to be available later today on the external Big Admin Administration Portal site for Customer and partner download.

[LT]
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A Tech Blog about the Sun Java Systems Dirtracer Toolkit. Dirtracer and this blog written and maintained by Lee Trujillo an Oracle Senior Principal Support Engineer.

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