Well, this crude, but useful piece of software is now released! Take it, use it, improve it. Thanks a lot for any feedback! I just hope I help somebody with this!
I have posted the beta source to CVS. To run it, currently you need "sudo" with permissions set to allow the web user root access without password. Fixing this is the first step, obviously, but it works. I am looking for anybody who is willing to contribute to this project. Thanks.