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       knife, axe, cutter, chainsaw - tools to improve network performance via


       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 tools.


       While  the  origin  of the first knife remains a mystery, this man page
       was written by  Kurt  Hockenbury  <>.   He  disclaims
       responsibility for any actions inspired by this man page.


       SNIP   was  first  described  on  alt.sysadmin.recovery  by  J.D.  Falk
       <> as a followup to a post by  <martin@angela.ctrl->.