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

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Pkgapp 3.2 for Solaris available on BigAdmin

 

Hey all,

Quick update to say Pkgapp 3.2 is now available externally on the Big Admin scripts site.  You can download it here.

Currently I am working on Pkgapp 3.2 ports to Linux.

Big Admin Scripts: Sun Java System Category

Big Admin MOTD

Cheers!

Lee

Thursday May 21, 2009

Pkgapp 3.2 for Solaris released!

Hi all!

Pkgapp 3.2 is available internally...yeah!

Artistic Bridge

I finally had time to update the Pkgapp documentation and retest it on various application cores/gcores and it is now ready for prime time.  I have also submitted it to BigAdmin and it should be available in the next few days.  If you need it now, please contact your favorite Sun Support representative and request he send it from the internal download site.  I will also update "this" post once Big Admin has uploaded the new version.

Pkgapp 3.2 has 2 big new features...

  1. It includes adm64 libraries that were previously not included making debugging easier on that platform for java issues.
  2. It includes a new core truncation feature developed by a member of the Directory Server Sustaining team.  The great news is, the feature not only works on Directory Server cores but any other core/gcore you may be dealing with!

If the core/gcore is good, the user is given the following message:

\* Checking if corefile is truncated     [CORE gcore.cshttpd.28734 GOOD Core contains 293 segments ]

If the core is truncated, the user is alerted and required to answer yes/no as to whether they understand the data may be totally unusable.

\* Checking if corefile is truncated     [WARNING! core gcore.cshttpd.28734.truncated is truncated (40396864d bytes instead of 40397397d bytes)]
\*                                     
\* ALERT! The core was found to be truncated, it therefore may not be usable
\* pkgapp will continue to gather data and you can still upload the result to Sun
\*                                     
\* Do you understand the core may not be usable? [yes|no] yes
                                        [Answer was -> yes]
\* Continuing...  

If you use/have an RSS Reader such as NetNewsWire or  Google Reader you can see the latest updates to Big Admin using the following links.

Big Admin Scripts: Sun Java System Category

Big Admin MOTD

Next up...I plan to finalize and release DTR and begin production of my first SLX video for Dirtracer users!

Take care,

Lee

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