Dartmouth’s Sean Smith, professor of computer science, and Gabriel Weaver, a graduate student in computer science, are updating the grep and diff Unix command line utilities to handle more complex types of data. Weaver presented the new utilities at a poster session at the Usenix Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference held this month in Boston.
The new programs will allow administrators to extract meaningful data from configuration files, log files, and other sources of operational data, the researchers maintain. The work is supported by funding from Google and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Read the full story published on 12/8/2011 at PC World.