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Version: 1.0  —  2019-10-10
Initial release.

A tool for monitoring the expiration times of remote SSL certificates via HTTPS. Can be used either as a Nagios plugin or as a standalone tool.


Version: 1.9.3  —  May 12, 2015
* ftp

An old inability to allow other names than the canonical name has
been corrected.  This means that a machine entry in the .netrc file
will now be used as expected.  Previously any alias name was replaced
by the corresponding canonical name, before reading the .netrc file.

The internal command `hash' accepts a suffixed letter to the size
argument, like `12k', instead of 12288.  Made a minor change to the
syntax of the command itself, allowing size changes independently
of activation of hash markings.  After a transfer the summary gives
the speed as `Mbytes/s', `kbytes/s', or `bytes/s'.

The .netrc file can be overridden by the environment variable NETRC.
Of even higher precedence is the new option `-N/--netrc'.  The access
to the resulting file, whatever method, is now denied unless it is a
regular file.

* ifconfig

Better command line parsing on BSD and Solaris systems.  Touch only
changeable flags on all systems.

* logger

The ability to use numerical facilities is restored to full range.

* ping, ping6

The ability to specify a pattern as payload is corrected.

* syslogd

A new switch `-T/--local-time' makes the service ignore a time
stamp passed on by the remote host, recording instead the local
time at the moment the message was received.  As a short form of
`--pidfile', the switch `-P' is new.

In common with other syslogd implementations, rsyslogd and sysklogd,
there has for a long time existed an attack vector based on large
facility numbers, made public in CVE-2014-3684.  This is now mended
in our code base.

* telnetd

The ability to autologin a client, without using authentication,
is now functional in the expected manner, i.e., the prompt for a
user name is suppressed in favour of an immediate password prompt.

In a setting where the client is using a UTF-8 encoding, it was
common to observe strange characters in most responses.  This was
caused by the server daemon, due to incomplete purging of internal
protocol data.  The issue should now be resolved.

* whois

Improved cooperation with servers like `', `',
and `'.

Inetutils, or GNU Internet Utilities, are the basic internet utilities of the GNU Operating System.


(Not released)



Version: 1.3  —  2011-03-31
* Use IPv6 URLs as proposed by RFC 2732

The address part of an IPv6 URL must be either an IPv6 address in
numeric notation *enclosed in square brackets* or a host name, e.g.:



A Jabber Over HTTP tunnel. It enables access to Jabber servers from behind firewalls which do not allow outgoing sockets on port 5222.


Version: 1.2  —  2018-10-26
* Implement heartbeat event

* Add auxiliary program: ifactive

* Fix file descriptor leak


Jumper monitors network interfaces for certain kinds of traffic and starts preconfigured external programs when such traffic is detected. It is designed mainly to bring up network links (such as VPN and the like) on demand.

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Version: 8.15  —  2022-12-11
* Default MFL source file suffix

The default suffix for MFL files is changed to '.mfl'.  In particular,
the master script file is now "mailfromd.mfl".  This change is
intended to avoid confusion with Metafont files, which have suffix

As of this version, the new suffix is recommended, but not obligatory:
the legacy '.mf' suffix is still supported.  If a file 'X.mfl' is not
found, mailfromd will look for ''.

* MFL module search path

MFL modules loaded using the "require" or "import" statements are
looked up in module search path.  Previously, they were searched for
in include search path, which created confusion, since include
search path is intended for use by preprocessor.  To maintain backward
compatibility, if mailfromd is unable to find a module in module
search path, it will retry the search using include path.  This
behavior will be maintained during a transitional period (a couple of
releases), after which searches in include search path will be

* Preprocessor configuration

Use of preprocessor is configured by the following statement in the
main configuration file:

  preprocessor {
    # Enable preprocessor.
    enable yes;
    # Preprocessor command line stub.
    command "m4 -s";
    # Pass current include path to the preprocessor via -I options.
    pass-includes false;
    # Pass to the preprocessor the feature definitions via -D options
    # as well as any -D/-U options from the command line.
    pass-defines true;
    # Name of the preprocessor setup file.  Unless absolute, it is
    # looked up in the include path.
    setup-file "pp-setup";

If preprocessor.pass-includes is true, the preprocessor.command
setting is augmented by zero or more -I options, thereby supplying it
the mailfromd include path.

Furthermore, if preprocessor.pass-defines is set, zero or more
-D options defining optional features are passed to it (e.g.
-DWITH_DKIM) as well as any -D and -U options from the mailfromd
command line.

Unless the value of preprocessor.setup-file begins with a slash,
the file with this name is looked up in the current include search
path.  If found, its absolute name is passed to the preprocessor as
first argument.

If the value begins with a slash, it is passed to the preprocessor
as is.

* New MFL operator: $@

The $@ operator can be used as the last argument in a call to
variadic function from another variadic function.  It passes
all variable arguments supplied to the calling function on to
the function being called.  E.g.:

    func x(...)
      # do something

    func y(string x, ...)

In this example, if "y" is called as y("text", 1, 2, 3) it will call
"x" as x(1, 2, 3).

This operator can also be used with a numeric argument: $@(N).  In
this case, it will remove first N elements from the argument list and
push remaining ones on stack.  This is similar to the 'shift'
operator in other programming languages, e.g.:


* Data types in variadic function declaration

The ellipsis in a variadic function declaration can be preceded by
the data type, e.g.:

  func sum (number ...) returns number

For compatibility with previous versions, if the type is omitted,
string is assumed.

* The void() type cast

The void() type cast can be used around a function call to indicate
that its return value is ignored deliberately.

* mfmod: dynamically loaded modules

This new type of mailfromd modules uses dynamically loaded libraries
to extend the program functionality without having to modify its code.
For a detailed discussion see the manual, section 4.22, "Dynamically
Loaded Modules".

Three mfmods exist at the time of this writing:

    LDAP searches.

    Open metrics support.

    Support for Perl-comparible regular expressions.

* Syntax of special handler definitions

Special handlers ("begin" and "end", in particular) are now defined using
the standard "prog" keyword (similar to milter state handlers):

  prog begin

  prog end

Old syntax is supported for backward compatibility, but causes a
deprecation warning.  Application writers are advised to update their

* New special handlers: startup and shutdown

These two handlers provide global initialization and cleanup routines.
The "startup" handler is run by the master mailfromd process as part
of the startup sequence, before the program starts to serve any milter
requests.  The "shutdown" handler is run when mailfromd is about to

Notice an important differences between "startup"/"shutdown" and
"begin"/"end" special handlers.  The latter are session specific: they
are run at the start and end of a milter session.  The former are
global: they are run at the program startup and shutdown.

The "startup" handler is normally used by mfmod interface modules to
load the corresponding shared library.

* Use of STARTTLS in callout

If TLS is supported by libmailutils, the SMTP callout code will use
STARTTLS when offered by the remote server.  This is controlled by the
smtp-starttls configuration statement.  Its possible values are:

    Never use STARTTLS.

    Always use STARTTLS if offered by the server.

    Use STARTTLS only if MAIL FROM: command failed with the code
    530 (Authorization required).

The default is "ondemand".

* Qualified DBM file names in database configuration

Argument to database.file statement can be prefixed with "database
scheme" to select alternative DBM implementation.  For example:

  database rate {
     file "gdbm://rate.db";

See the manual, section 7.11 "Database Configuration" for details.

* New command line option: --echo

The --echo option allows you to control where the output of the "echo"
statement goes in "run" and "test" modes.  When used without argument
it directs the output to the standard output stream.  If an argument
is supplied (as in: --echo=FILE), the output goes to the named file.
The file will be created if it doesn't exist.  Notice, that in the
latter case, the use of '=' is compulsory (--echo FILE won't work).

* Deprecated configuration statements removed

Deprecated configuration statements `lock-retry-count' and
`lock-retry-timeout' were removed in this version.  Use
the `locking' statement instead, e.g. instead of

  lock-retry-count 10;
  lock-retry-timeout 1;


  locking {
    retry-count 10;
    retry-sleep 1;

* Removed support for obsolete features: legacy GeoIP and DSPAM

Mailfromd is a general-purpose mail filtering daemon for Sendmail, Postfix and MeTA1. It is able to filter both incoming and outgoing messages using criteria of arbitrary complexity, supplied by the administrator in the form of a script file. The daemon interfaces with the MTA using Milter or PMilter protocols.


(Not released)

A modular remote management system for Ping903. Allows the user to inspect configuration of the running server, add or remove IP addresses, synchronize the monitored IP list with the Nagios configuration or an SQL database etc.

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Version: 1.8  —  2022-08-13
* New configuration keywords

** sigterm SIG

Available for use in "component" sections.  This statement defines
signal which pies should send to the running component instance in
order to terminate it.  Defaults to SIGTERM.

* Fix the component shutdown sequence

The shutdown sequence is determined taking into account dependencies
between components, so that all dependent components are stopped
before their prerequisite components.

* Fallback log file

Fallback log file is a place where pies writes out of band log messages,
i.e. messages about not being able to open syslog socket or send logs
to it.  Regular log messages are diverted to this file if syslog was
requested, but cannot be used because of a permanent error.

* Bugfixes

** Fix piesctl config reload

** Fix configuration preprocessing.

** Varios fixes in REST API server.

GNU pies (pronounced p-yes) is a program invocation and execution supervisor. This utility allows to execute usual foreground-mode applications in detached mode, as if they were daemons. It combines the fucntionality of init and inetd programs. It can be used to control complex multi-component software.

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Version: 1.0  —  2023-02-10
* Fix handing of the Connection: HTTP handler (both server and client)

Ping903 is designed to periodically monitor a very large number of remote hosts using ICMP ECHO packets. The package is built using the client-server architecture. The main component (ping903) is a daemon that sits in memory and wakes up periodically to send certain number of ICMP echo packets to a preconfigured number of hosts and to collect replies. The resulting round-trip statistics is made available via REST API.

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Version: 1.6  —  2008-12-06
* Configuration file raddb/config

The syslog statement takes an optional 4th argument specifying syslog
tag to use, e.g.:

    channel default {
	    syslog radiusd;

* New attributes

** GNU-Server-Address

Holds IP address of the RADIUS server that recieved the
request. Notice, that the value of this attribute is "" if
there are no `listen' statement in your `raddb/config'.
** GNU-Server-Port

Holds UDP port number of the RADIUS server that recieved the request.

* Automake function AM_GNU_RADIUS is provided, for checking if
GNU Radius is installed from scripts.

* Guile support requires Guile version 1.8 or later.

* Bugfixes
** Pass NAS-IP-Address to mlc_stop_query	

GNU Radius is an extensible and scalable authentication and accounting server.


Version: 1.8  —  2021-05-17
* Syslog support

New option '-S FACILITY' switches diagnostic output to the given
syslog facility.


A simple tool for forwarding content of a local file to the stdin of a program running on a remote host via TCP. The tool was created when I needed to run GNU Mailman in a docker container without MTA in it. It implements a slightly modified version of TCPMUX protocol. The same binary (rpipe) serves both as a server (on the remote end) and as a client (on the local end).

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Version: 2.3  —  2022-07-16
* Fix invalid memory addressing in remopt command

* Fix building with flex >= 2.6.1 (EOF check)

GNU Rush is a Restricted User Shell. It is intended for use with ssh, rsh and similar remote access programs. Using a sophisticated configuration file, Rush gives you complete control over the command lines users can execute, system resources they can use, etc. In particular, it allows to run remote programs in a chrooted environment.

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(Not released)