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Default ANNOUNCE: moodss-18.2 and moomps 3.2

### CHANGES ###

--- moodss 18.2 and moomps 3.2 ---

- in moodss GUI:
- added a new viewer type: iconic, which allows associating a data
cell with an icon (GIF file chosen by the user), whose background
color changes according to threshold setting on the data cell
(will become even more useful when it is possible to use
background images, such as maps, in dashboards)
- icons (minimized tables) are now strictly restricted to canvas
area when moved, and can now reside in pages other than the first
- tables and viewers are now strictly restricted to canvas area when
- icons (minimized tables) can now be dropped in other pages (via
page tags)
- when moving icons (minimized tables), coordinates are displayed in
message area
- in about dialog box, added license for KDE Crystal theme icons
- minimized tables are now restored properly, even in a page other
than the first, from a dashboard file
- default sizing mode is now automatic
- when main window is resized, scroll bars are adjusted so that all
tables, viewers and icons remain reachable
- when main window width was greatly reduced, message header text
could disappear
- in help and about dialog boxes, use a white background
- in distribution, included Japanese do***entation for moomps
- included Japanese HTML do***entation in Windows zip distribution
- the Japanese help and HTML do***entations were improved
- updated myvars module for MySQL 4.0.20 support
- sources and project management now hosted at SourceForge
(, to benefit from the great
bugs, patches, ... and other tracking systems and utilities

### README ###

This is moodss (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic SpreadSheet) version
18.2 and moomps (Modular Object Oriented Multi-Purpose Service)
version 3.2.

For Unix Review, moodss is "a must-have application for today's
network and systems administrators", and for Eric S. Raymond, in "The
Art of UNIX Programming" book: "the code is polished, mature, and
considered an exemplar in the Tcl community."
Linux Magazine calls it a "lifesaver".
Tucows gives it 5 stars (cows or penguins :-).

Moodss is a modular application. It displays data described and
updated in one or more modules, which can be specified in the command
line or dynamically loaded or unloaded while the application is
running. Data is originally displayed in tables. Graphical viewers
(graph, bar, 3D pie charts, ...), summary tables (with current,
average, minimum and maximum values) and free text viewers can be
created from any number of table cells, originating from any of the
displayed viewers. The display area can be extended by adding pages
with notebook tabs. Thresholds can be set on any number of cells.

Moomps (shipped with moodss) is a monitoring daemon which works using
configuration files created by moodss. Thresholds, when crossed,
create messages in the system log, and eventually trigger the sending
of email alert messages and the execution of user defined scripts.

For both moodss and moomps, it is also possible to use a database as a
storage mean, so that data history is for example available for
presentations and graphs, via commonly available spreadsheet software.

Specific modules can easily be developed in the Tcl, Perl and Python
scripting languages or in C.

A thorough and intuitive drag'n'drop scheme is used for most viewer
editing tasks: creation, modification, type mutation, destruction,
.... and thresholds creation. Table rows can be sorted in increasing or
decreasing order by clicking on column titles. The current
configuration (modules, tables and viewers geometry, ...) can be saved
in a file at any time, and later loaded at the user's convenience,
thus achieving a dashboard functionality.

The module code is the link between the moodss core and the data to be
displayed. All the specific code is kept in the module package. Since
module data access is entirely customizable (through C code, Tcl,
Perl, Python, HTTP, ...) and since several modules can be loaded at
once, applications for moodss become limitless.

Many modules are provided, such as a comprehensive set for Linux
system monitoring, MySQL, network, SNMP, Python and Perl modules
examples. For example, thoroughly monitor a dynamic web server on a
single dashboard with graphs, using the Apache, MySQL, ODBC, cpustats,
memstats, ... modules. If you have replicated servers, dynamically add
them to your view, even load the snmp module on the fly and let your
imagination take over...

Thorough help is provided through menus, widget tips, a message area,
a module help window and a global help window with a complete HTML

Moodss is multi-lingual thanks to Tcl internationalization
capabilities. English, Japanese and French are supported. Help with
other languages will be very warmly welcomed.

Development of moodss is continuing and as more features are added in
future versions, backward module code compatibility will be maintained.


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