Science in Systems Administration


This presentation was created for the Akron Linux Users Group in September 2009. It is a brief overview of several home grown tools and several from the wild. All of the tools used in this presentation are freely down-loadable and all but DejaClick are Open Source.

This presentation enumerates philosophy and applied techniques in log analysis and application testing relying on statistics and inference. The following pieces of software were reviewed.

  • Petit
  • Scriptlog
  • Racecar
  • DejaClick – Very easy to use web application session recorder
  • Selenium – More complex to setup, but very capable


Science in Systems Administration

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