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GNU Alive 2.0.0 available

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: GNU Alive 2.0.0 available
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:03:56 +0200

release notes:

  After many years of inactivity, GNU Alive is back.  2.x is very much
  pared down WRT 1.x, to the point where you might only install it out
  of curiosity and not actual need.  That's fine, too.

README excerpt:

  GNU Alive is a keep-alive program for internet connections.
  It repeatedly pings a series of user-specified hosts, thereby
  encouraging (one hopes) the involved networks to not disappear.

NEWS excerpt:

  - 2.0.0 | 2012-08-12

    - licenses upgrade: GPL 3+ / FDL 1.3

        GNU Alive is now released under GPLv3+.  You can redistribute it
        and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
        License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either
        version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

        The manual is released under GNU FDL 1.3.

    - complete redesign / rewrite

        GNU Alive 2 is a radical simplification; it is now a "periodic
        ping program" only, w/o support for the "auto-login" feature of
        previous releases (nowadays that job is handled best by pppd).
        If you are comfortable typing:

                ping -i 149 HOST

        at a shell prompt, then you do NOT need GNU Alive 2.  Move on!

    - new dependencies

      - Guile

      - ping(1) that accepts ‘-n -c COUNT’

    - configuration changes

        Configuration for the periodic ping is now done by frobbing
        ‘hosts’ and ‘period’ files under ~/.alive.d, written in a format
        comprising a (very limited) set of sexps.  See manual.

        You can now specify multiple hosts; they are pinged round-robin.
        You can now specify a range for the sleep period; in that case,
        alive sleeps a random number of seconds in the (inclusive) range
        each iteration.

        Configuration changes are now detected at each iteration, so
        that you need not restart the program for changes to take
        effect.  Send SIGALRM to force immediate detection.

    - maintenance changes

      - new maintainer

        GNU Alive is now maintained by Thien-Thi Nguyen, who hopes to
        continue the good work of the previous maintainers.

      - tools upgrade

        GNU gnulib 2012-07-24 21:35:41 (0.0.7541-dbd91)
        GNU Autoconf 2.69
        GNU Automake 1.12.2
        Guile 1.8.7
        SNUGGLE 0.1

tarball and detached signature:

source code:

  [NB: As of time of writing, the webserver still has not yet DTRT to
       make index.html available.  For the time being, please select
       alive.html directly.]

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