Linux 2.6 - man page for axe (linux section 8)
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knife, axe, cutter, chainsaw - tools to improve network performance via SNIP
knife is used to control the network via Sysadmin Network Interrupt Protocol [SNIP].
Experience has shown that suitable application of these tools on the network can lead to
improved network performance, as busy segments of useless traffic can be isolated from the
important stuff (and the rest of the world, for that matter). However, care must be
taken, otherwise lusers will be complaining about "network downtime".
knife vs LART
While knife can be used as a replacement for LART, the reverse is not generally true;
while blunt trauma works wonders on lusers, it tends to be ineffective on cables. Also,
note that using knife or one of it's associates as a LART will probably lead to higher
level assault charges than one would get with a standard LART.
chainsaw, the power SNIP tool
chainsaw is a version of knife that makes quick work of almost any problem. It also has a
correspondingly higher potential for causing unintentional damage. Handle with care.
In its normal application to cables, knife uses no files. If applied to a disk, many
files may be affected; see mkfs(8).
You may be required to fix things eventually.
Bosses and the legal system may take a dim view of overenthusiastic application of these
While the origin of the first knife remains a mystery, this man page was written by Kurt
Hockenbury <firstname.lastname@example.org>. He disclaims responsibility for any actions inspired by
this man page.
SNIP was first described on alt.sysadmin.recovery by J.D. Falk <email@example.com> as a
followup to a post by <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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