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In Brief

This utility will remove the files on disk for the NCS/BCC, NSS, and ARK iManager plugins.

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  • iManager
  • Posted:21 Jun 2007
    License:Free
    Download:/coolsolutions/tools/downloads/imgr_clean.pl
    Publisher:Brad Rupp

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    Details

    Updating iManager plugins for NCS, BCC, NSS, and ARK

    I frequently update my iManger plugins for NCS1 and BCC. In doing so, I have found that iManager does not always updating the plugins properly. The problem is that when you delete the plugin iManager does not always delete the corresponding files on the disk. With BCC, we realized this and added a section to the BCC 1.1. readme. This new section outlines the process necessary to update your iManager plugins. Part of this process is to manually delete the iManager plugin files on the iManager server.

    I don't like doing things manually. It takes too much time when you have to do it over and over again, and there is always room for error. I can't tell you how many times I forgot to delete a particular file or directory. I've heard the same complaint from some of my colleagues and a few customers too, so I decided it was time to do something about it.

    With that short introduction, let me introduce you to a small Perl script I wrote. This Perl script exists to automate the cleanup of the iManager plugin files and directories. It works with the ARK, BCC, NCS, and NSS plugins. It can handle iManager servers on both Linux and NetWare, although adding support for a Windows iManager server would be trivial (see the GetPrefix() function). Finally, it supports iManager 2.5 and iManager 2.6. Likewise, adding support for iManager 2.7 would be trivial as well.

    Linux

    To run the script on Linux, do the following. This script must be ran on the iManager server. As such, all of the steps below are to be done on the iManager server.

    • You must be the root user when you run this script.
    • Ensure that Perl is installed on the server.
    • Copy the script to ~/bin
    • Change to the ~/bin directory
    • Set the permissions on the script via the shell command "chmod 0770 imgr_clean.pl"
    • Execute the script via the shell command "./imgr_clean.pl [options]" You can optionally execute the command via the shell command "perl -w ~/bin/imgr_clean.pl [options]" See the usage section below for more details on the script options.

    NetWare

    To run the script on NetWare, do the following. This script must be ran on the iManager server. As such, all of the steps below are to be done on the iManager server. Ensure that Perl is installed on the server. Copy the script to sys:\perl\scripts. Execute the script via the console command "perl -w imgr_clean.pl [options]" See the usage section below for more details on the script options.

    Usage

    The following details how to use the script. This is a copy of the actual help text the utility provides.

    imgr_clean.pl 0.1. Copyright (c) 2007 Novell, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Usage: perl -w imgr_clean.pl [OPTION]
    Removes the Novell iManager plugin files for NCS/BCC, NSS, and ARK
    
    Valid options are:
      --ark       Removes the files for the ARK plugin
      --common    Removes the files for the common storage plugin
      --ncs       Removes the files for the NCS/BCC plugin
      --nss       Removes the files for the NSS plugin
      --verbose   Prints information as each file and directory are removed
      --help      Display this help and exit
    
    At least one of --ark, --common, --ncs, or --nss must be specified

    Now for a few examples. Lets assume I want to remove the plugins for NCS/BCC, NSS, and the common storage code. On a console screen on the iManager server I would execute the following command.

    perl -w imgr_clean.pl ?ncs ?nss ?common

    Likewise, if I only wanted to remove the NCS/BCC plugin I would execute the following command.

    perl -w imgr_clean.pl ?ncs

    Finally, if I wanted to remove the NCS/BCC plugin and gets lots of feedback on what the script is doing I would execute the following command.

    perl -w imgr_clean.pl ?ncs ?verbose

    That's all there is to it. The script takes just a few seconds to run and saves you the time of having to remove all of these files and directories manually. Furthermore, it removes the correct files and directories each and every time.

    1 The following is a list of acronyms used in this document. I know I'm supposed to define acronyms up front, but what can I say.

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