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Program: checklist-3.2 - System Verification Checklist Shell Script
This is a description of why this set of checklist scripts exist and
the purpose they serve.
History of Checklist-3.2 - System Verification Scripts
- Multi Operating System
- IBM AIX
- Windows with Ubuntu
- Multi-shell Enabled
- Korn Shell (ksh93)
- Bash Shell (bash)
- Zshell (zsh)
- LocalRemote Enabled
- Runs locally or thru SSH to remote system
- AutoContent enabled
- Self Documenting Scripts
- Uses Grutatxt Markup
In today's data center environment procedures and techniques change
very rapidly, and it is usually impossible to create a procedure
document for performing a task that is not obsolete the second it is
created. New and better techniques are created constantly by the
administrators performing the tasks. Therefore it is a waste of time,
energy, and money to focus efforts on attempting to force the
administrators to perform procedures that are out of date and obsolete.
Furthermore, continuously updating the procedure document can be a full
time job for the entire team.
A better approach may be to focus on the end result.
If an automated method of verifying the end result can be developed
which performs an analysis of the system/environment, and produces a
pass/fail report, then it doesn't matter how the system or environment
was built. The important thing is the final product conforms to the
desired result, is consistent, and is verifiable.
This set of checklist scripts provides this capability across
multiple platforms including AIX, HPUX, Solaris, and any Linux Distro.
With a little work, it could also perform this task for Windows using
Each line of the checklist output is the result of running a command,
capturing the result, determining success or failure, and displaying the
result in an HTML based table.
Adding or deleting lines from the output table is as simple as adding
or deleting a configuration file. Each configuration file contains
information to execute a command in multiple operating systems. So there
is a single configuration file that executes variations on the same
commands associated with each operating system. This permits unlimited
variability in the checklist content and extensibility.
The order of the output report is configurable by modifying the name
of the configuration file. The configuration files are executed in the
ASCII text order of the file names associated with each config file.