Parse Direct User Access Terminal mitigates information overload from aviation weather brief downloads. The USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Direct User Access Terminal (DUAT) standard, outlook, and abbreviated weather brief are broken into a hierarchy of files. Each file contains one METAR/NOTAM/PIREP/TAF/etc. Options allow input of HTML source or text, output of HTML or text, and a flat directory or multi-level directory. As separate files, NOTAMS/etc. scripts can quickly identify changed information, or prioritize for relevance. Parsing is lossless and the complete original text can be reconstructed using cpp(1).
xdata implements an interface to arbitrary key-value pairs which are accessible to simple shell and Perl programs. Applications for this include to-do lists, contact databases, browser bookmarks, and anything else which requires small pieces of data to be referenced by keys. xdata stores timestamps for the data it manages, and comes with a program to synchronise databases among cooperating hosts. This allows you to propagate information among hosts in a transparent fashion (creations, updates, and deletes are correctly handled). xdata consists of a set of shell-level utilities and a Perl module.
Autoslack is designed to keep your Slackware Linux system up to date automatically. It reads a configuration file to get the FTP site you wish to use, the distribution directory to use, and where to store the packages on your system. It will show what's been updated based on what you have installed, what's new since you installed, and optionally download and install the packages.