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5.5. Supporting Software

Supporting software is a grab-bag that includes all sorts of things that are used in conjunction with the software packages listed earlier. Some of these packages can be used to write standalone SNMP applications. The rest of this section outlines several supporting software packages. Most of these are freely available and can be used with little or no previous experience.

SNMP Support for Perlhttp://www.switch.ch/misc/leinen/snmp/perl/, http://www.cpan.org

Platforms

Unix, Windows NT, Mac OS

Pros

Supplies easy-to-use subroutines that give access to the core SNMP functions. Widely tested, as it's the fundamental SNMP engine for the MRTG package.

Cons

Doesn't seem to have a lot of market exposure.

WILMA ftp://ftp.ldv.e-technik.tu-muenchen.de/dist/WILMA/INDEX.html

Platforms

Most Unix platforms

Pros

Contains the core SNMP functions as well as a MIB compiler and browser.

Cons

Functions could be a bit more streamlined and user-friendly.

Net-SNMP C Libraryhttp://net-snmp.sourceforge.net

Platforms

Unix, Windows 9x/NT

Pros

This library can be used to develop your own SNMP applications. The library is very easy to use, once you figure it out. The nice thing about the package is that it comes with the source code to commands such as snmpget, snmpset, and snmpwalk, which can be used to see how these sorts of operations are accomplished.

Cons

The documentation on how to use the library is poor to the point of nonexistence.

Net-SNMP Perl Modulehttp://www.cpan.org/authors/id/GSM/

Platforms

Unix, Windows 9x/NT

Pros

This library provides identical functionality to the Net-SNMP C library, except in Perl.

Cons

During installation, this module needs to have access to the Net-SNMP C library in order to work properly.



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