Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tobi Oetiker's Toolbox


I work as an IT-Specialist for OETIKER+PARTNER AG a consultancy company based in Olten, Switzerland.

We use OpenSource Software extensively in all of our projects. So I made it a habit to open source code we write whenever possible. Below is a list of notable projects I have created or been involved with over the years.



A industry standard database for logging and graphing time-series data.


The first widely used, long term network monitoring tool on the Internet. I created it in 1995 and still update it regularly as people send in patches.


Monitor latency on your network. By default it uses ping to track the latency on your network links.


Running a large storage server. This highly configurable tool lets you keep track of disk usage per directory. It comes with a Ajax front end and needs classic du for input.

Perl Win32::Monitoring Modules

A set of perl modules helping to write user interactivity monitoring systems.

Database Development

Gedafe the Generic Database Frontend

Developed with David Schweikert, this neat tool lets you write database centric web applications by simple setting up a postgresql database while following a few simple design and naming rules.

System Management

O+P Insights

A website where me and my colleagues document our insights connected with all things system management.

Windows System Management: Real Men Don't Click

A website about windows system management setup I helped setup while I was working for ETH Zurich.


A software deployment system for large Unix systems. It deals with multi architecture issues, multiple versions of the same package installed in parallel.

ISG Toolchest

A system for keeping track of all the little scripts you write while sysadmining. Also on this page you find a large collection of tools developed at ETH Zurich using the system.

SamFS Support for Samba

This patch teaches Samba to handle SamFS offline files.


The not so Short Introduction to LaTeX2e

LaTeX is a system for writing documents with perfect looks while fully concentrating on the content. This document shows you how to do this.

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