md5chk is a tool for creating MD5 sums. It was designed so that its output would be easy to use with command line shells. It guarantees that the MD5 sum is always "clean" of characters that would be misinterpreted by the shell and that special characters in the file names are always properly escaped.
The parallel project allows for simple parallel and distributed processing from shell scripts. In particular, the programs accept lines of shell code on the standard input and run these lines in parallel. The parallelism can be either on the local machine or on a cluster, if a small amount of time is taken to set up SSH. Additionally, the distributed version includes a degree of fault tolerance.
WANsim allows you to simulate (more accurately, emulate) a WAN connection. In particular, it allows a user to change the emulated WAN speed, latency, variation, packet loss, packet duplication, and packet corruption aspects. It is configured as a network bridge that is established at boot time and uses the Linux Kernel NETEM functionality to accomplish its goals. Although relatively well documented, this functionality is not the easiest to use. WANsim wraps it into a simple to use script.
Tartarus is a backup script designed to make backups of dedicated servers easy. It employs a range of standard Unix tools to achieve this goal, to simplify disaster recovery even when only a minimal rescue system is available. Archives can be stored on-the-fly on FTP servers as well as in the local filesystem, while a plugin system allows adaption to a wide range of usage scenarios. The use of LVM snapshots and the creation of differential backups are also included, as is an expire script to remove older archives from an FTP site.
LMDBG is a collection of small tools for collecting and analyzing the logs of malloc/realloc/memalign/free function calls. Unlike many others, LMDBG does not provide any way to detect overruns of the boundaries of malloc() memory allocations, as this is not the goal. Like most other malloc debuggers, LMDBG allows detecting memory leaks and double frees. However, unlike others, LMDBG generates full stacktraces and separates the logging process from analysis, thus allowing you to analyze an application on a per-module basis.
The Middleman System (mdm) is a set of utilities that help you parallelize your shell scripts. Its design is based on ideas from superscalar computer processors: it fetches commands as your script is running, detects potential interference between commands on the fly, and issues commands for execution in parallel as appropriate.
Yessh is a bash program that uses the SSH client. It provides fast connections to Linux/Unix hosts. Just type the name you have chosen for a host, and yessh will connect you via SSH. You don't need to remember the IP address, hostname, login, or password; just one arbitrary name. Accounts with passwords are kept in a secure file where passwords are encrypted using OpenSSL with 128-bit AES. You can use the autoconnect function to connect to your server with 5 keypresses.