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 perfor
mance, 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
In its normal application to cables, knife uses no files.
If applied to a disk, many files may be affected; see
You may be required to fix things eventually.
Bosses and the legal system may take a dim view of overen
thusiastic application of these tools.
While the origin of the first knife remains a mystery,
this man page was written by Kurt Hockenbury <kurt@some
thing.com>. 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
By Olli's man-to-html utility, Sat Jan 19 19:57:40 CET 2002.