Open Source software and HP-UX

February 5, 2010 — 2 Comments

HP-UX is a great OS and the default installation provides a plethora of tools for any Unix sysadmin but of course, like almost every operative system, it can improved with third-party opensource software

This is a short list of the packages I can’t live without, all of them can be obtained at the Porting And Archive Centre for HP-UX or the HP-UX 11i Internet Express collection. The packages included in the Internet Express collection are fully supported and tested by HP.

  • Bash shell. The best Unix shell, at least for me, powerful and highly customizable.
  • GNU coreutils. Provides with GNU version of many Unix commands, what can I say? I like the GNU ls colored output x-)

  • Lsof. How can any sysadmin live without lsof?
  • Sudo. Indispensable to allow scripts or users run certain commands as root or any other user.
  • Unzip. It’s not that I use it but every time I set up a new server to run Oracle the database people ask for it so I got used to install it.
  • Tcpdump. Don’t install it by default on my servers but I like to have the depot around, just in case.
  • Tusc. God bless Chris Bertin!
  • Vim. Not on my production servers but I like to have VI Improved installed on my management node, usually the Ignite-UX server, where I store all my scripts and with ssh (public key authentication) access to all the nodes.

Of course all of them have dependencies that have to be met, however with the exception of vim, which have tons of them, there aren’t too much.

And that’s all folks, which opensource package do you use in your HP-UX boxes? Please comment :-)



2 responses to Open Source software and HP-UX


    I have the exact same list, and everyone uses bash and color-ls here too. I’m actually required by management to keep an up-to-date list of what I add over the vanilla HP-UX for security auditing purposes. Here are some others that have proven invaluable over time: Curl/Wget. Rsync. Wireshark. Less (man pages look better with PAGER=less). Findutils, which includes the extremely handy “locate”. Also to a lesser extent Bill Hassel’s bdfmegs, dialog (for shell scripts used by support personnel), and emacs as our developers prefer it over vi/vim. I also have a depot with optional pre-pacakaged FOSS that includes iozone, iperf and a few other languages such as python and tcltk that are sometimes required by other software.


    Thanks for the comment Olivier, you’re correct about wget is another package to take into account it’s only that I never had the need to use it on an HP-UX but I found it very useful on Linux and Windows. I ceased to use bdfmegs at the same time I started to use GNU df, I just found that Bill Hassel is still updating it, I’ll give the new version a try. Regarding Wireshark I didn’t know it was ported to HP-UX, can’t wait to install it on my test server next Monday :-D

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