[Logwatch-Devel] Is the logwatch project dying?

Kirk Bauer kirk at kaybee.org
Mon Oct 12 11:51:48 MST 2009

I wrote logwatch when I was in college and a part-time sysadmin.  Also
for many years I had jobs that allowed me to work on Logwatch during
work hours.

That was a while ago.  These days I only use Linux for personal use,
and therefore don't have much direct use of the program.  In addition,
my job is completely unrelated to Logwatch and demands quite a bit of
my time, including travel.  In addition, I now have a family and am
working on my evening MBA.

So, as much as I hate to say it, I will probably never again be very
active in Logwatch development.  For years now, Mike has applied
nearly every patch we receive.  Almost all development efforts are
done by the wider community.  I still do the builds and run the web
site and CVS.

I would like to see a more active community around Logwatch and am
open to help and ideas.

On 10/10/09, Marcelo Pedra :: AMPM <marcelo at ampm-soluciones.com.ar> wrote:
> Hi. I wonder what is Kirk Bauer thinking about all this. Would he mind to
> allow others to continue developing this great script?
> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: logwatch-devel-bounces at public.kaybee.org
> [mailto:logwatch-devel-bounces at public.kaybee.org] En nombre de Mike Tremaine
> Enviado el: Viernes, 09 de Octubre de 2009 19:48
> Para: Stefan
> CC: logwatch-devel at public.kaybee.org
> Asunto: Re: [Logwatch-Devel] Is the logwatch project dying?
> Stefan wrote:
>> OK, I didn't realised that. Does some documentation exist which may give
> me
>> some hints to make the code cross platform save?
>> May I summarize? You are the only one who accepts patches and you don't
> have
>> the time to do it. That's bad, because there won't be any progress.
>> What can be done to change that?
>> - You don't accept any patches, then you have at least time to work on the
>> core components. (I don't thing that this is a solution)
>> - You can distribute the work load, and let other people take the
>> responsibility to maintain (parts of) the code. E.g. assign each service
>> script to a group and name a maintainer for each group. Each group
> maintainer
>> then has to take care of the patches which belong to its group.
>> - ???
>> I don't want to tell you how you should run your project, but I really
> would
>> like to see the logwatch project going on. And I think that there are
> people
>> who would like to spend some work in the project, but can't do it because
>> things are jammed. Therefore we should have a discussion how we can change
>> that.
> Well it's not my project I'm just someone who started helping out and
> became the last man standing. I have no control over the CVS server or
> the point releases, I just have access to the commit to CVS that's it.
> You can read more here http://www.logwatch.org/ the Author and Owner is
> Kirk Bauer.
> -Mike
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