Mandriva Tools

System Management and Configuration Tools

  • Mandriva Control Center – the central Mandriva configuration tool (aka Drakconf)
  • LogDrake – view and search system logs
  • DrakConsole – open a console
  • DrakCronAt – schedule programs to run periodically or at certain times
  • DrakBackup – configure backups of the system and user data
  • DrakBoot – enables autologin, configures how the system boots, and selects the graphical theme to use while booting
  • DrakFloppy – produces bootable floppies (see Formatting Floppies)
  • DrakAutoInst – configures an automatic installation replay


  • Diskdrake – hard drive management tool (parition, resize, etc.)
  • XFdrake – configuration tool
  • Harddrake – look at and configure local system hardware
  • DrakxTV – configure TV tuner card
  • DrakKeyboard – configure keyboard layout
  • Drakmouse – configure the pointer device (mouse, touchpad)
  • Printerdrake – configure printer(s), print job queues, etc.
  • Scannerdrake – configure scanner
  • DrakUPS – configure a UPS for power monitoring
  • DrakSound – configure a non-ISA soundcard
  • Drakfax – FAX configuration tool
  • LscpiDrake – CLI tool to list PCI bus and USB devices (part of the ldetect package)


  • DrakTermserv – configure a terminal server
  • rfbdrake – tool to remote control another Linux, UNIX, or Windows machine (allows to take control of a Linux client, allow control of your system from a Linux server, or run Windows Terminal Services)
  • Drakpxelinux – a wizard to create a PXE server


  • Drakconnect – configure and manage network interfaces
  • Drakroam – configure and manage wireless network interfaces
  • NetApplet – user applet to access the network connection properties
  • net_monitor – monitor network connections
  • Drakproxy – configure a proxy server for file and web
  • DrakGw – configure internet connection sharing with other local machines
  • DrakVPN – configure a Virtual Private Network connection

User Management-Related

  • Userdrake – User management tool
  • Drakauth – configuration tool for selecting authentication method (local, NIS, LDAP, etc.)


  • Drakfont – manage, add, and remove fonts
  • DrakeDM – chose which display manager (i.e. kdm, gdm, etc.) to use
  • MenuDrake – configure the application menu layout
  • DrakClock – adjust the date and time

Packaging Tools

  • MandrivaUpdate – graphical package management tool (aka rpmdrake)
  • Urpmi – CLI package management tool
  • MandrivaOnline – easy online services for updating Mandriva Linux
  • FIBRIC – The configuration process is particularly easy to put to work thanks to FIBRIC, an installation assistant accessible by web browser.

Security Tools

  • msec – Mandriva security/hardening tool
  • Draksec – Graphical frontend to msec
  • DrakPerm – fine-tune the security permissions of the system
  • DrakFirewall – configure a personal firewall

These topics should deal with both general usage and development (possibly using Tools/urpmi/development or a similar sub-node to keep the information regarding said tool logically structured under “Tools/[tool]”

Other Miscellaneous Tools

  • DrakBug – an interactive bug reporting tool
  • Drakbt – a Bittorrent link and status checker; it can connect automagically to Mandriva Linux websites to grab and display available torrents
  • DrakFirsttime – an after-first-boot user interface configuration wizard
  • Drakloop – tool to allow users to mount encrypted loopback filesystems (part of the mountloop package)
  • Drakoo – a file format wizard for running at first lauch of OpenOffice and enabling the user to choose the default file format to use
  • DrakSync – is a graphical tool for synchronizing directories on different machines
  • Packdrake – a simple indexed archive builder and extractor using standard compression methods

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