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RackMan - Perl modules for connecting to a RackTables database


RackMan is a set of Perl modules for fetching information from a RackTables database. The distribution also includes some commands that show how to use the RackMan API.

  • rack is a program that generates the configuration files for the given RackObject, and talk with the corresponding devices to set them up accordingly.

  • cisco-status is a program that connects to a Cisco switch to list the devices connected to it, with additionnal information resolved from RackTables.

  • cfengine-tags is a program that generates tag files for Cfengine.

A technical presentation of this software was made at the French Perl Workshop 2012:

Note: This software was written to perform very specific tasks. Although it was tried to keep it generic, it certainly isn't, and the documentation is very rough. There's a more comprehensive tutorial (only in French for now) in pod/RackMan/


To install this module, run the following commands:

perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install

Alternatively, to install with Module::Build, you can use the following commands:

perl Build.PL
./Build test
./Build install


After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or later:


Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni (