A.4. Sources for ToolsThis section gives basic information on each tool discussed in this book. I have not included built-in tools like ps. The tools are listed alphabetically. I have tried to make a note of which tools are specific to Windows, but I did not list Windows tools separately, since many tools are available for both Unix and Windows. A few tools discussed in the book, particularly older tools, seem to have no real home but may be available in some archives. This is generally an indication that the tool is fading into oblivion and should be used as a last alternative. (Some of these tools, however, are alive and well as Linux packages or FreeBSD ports.) While I was writing this book, a number of home pages for tools changed. Also, several of the sites seem to be down more than they are up. I have supplied the most recent information I have, but many of the tools will have moved.
TIP: These URLs are nothing more than starting points. If you can't find the tool at the URL given here, consider doing an Internet search. In fact, I really recommend doing your own search over using this list. I find that I have the most luck with searches if I do a compound search with the tool's name and the author's last name.
WARNING: That one version of a tool is safe, stable, and useful doesn't mean the next version won't have severe problems. New programs are introduced on an almost daily basis. So keep your eyes open.
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