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I'd like to know what people are using on *nix to gather output for network traffic, diagnostics, discovery. I know this is a pretty broad question but My immediate goal here is to be able to gather the reports from tools like mtr and easily output them to csv so I can present pretty spreadsheets for management. Thanks.

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This is the sort of thing that Perl was designed for. If you add the output of your commands, I'm sure someone could help you get it set up. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 16 '09 at 16:31

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I'd suggest storing and retreiving the data with RRDtool rather than CSV.

Even if you're not using it as part of a monitoring/graphing solution, it should make your life a whole lot easier in the long run, than dealing with CSV.

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RRDtool looks to be what I want to play with. Much more robust and flexible for any future growth. Thanks. –  egorgry Jul 16 '09 at 20:40

As suggested you should look at perl using Spreadsheet::WriteExcel.

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