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Re: wanting to package wpoison

On Mon, Sep 09, 2002 at 10:00:36PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
> I'd like to package wpoison[1] for Debian.
>   1. http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/
> This is the license that comes with it, could you tell me if it's
> DFSG-compliant? I think so...

why not avoid the licensing problem entirely and just clone it?

i've seen half-a-dozen variants of the fakelist.pl/wpoison idea over the
years, and they all do basically the same thing: generate random strings
that look like email addresses.

fakelist.pl has the nice idea of sleeping for a few seconds between each
address, slowing down harvester bots.  it also comes with some neat
mod_rewrite sample rules for redirecting known harvester bots to

unfortunately, it has no explicit license at all...not even a copyright
statement.  the author appears to be Tony Awtrey <tony@awtrey.com> and
the home URL is http://www.awtrey.com/files/spamsucks/

it's not rocket science.  it's about half an hour's work.  

i'd write one for you myself, but it wouldn't be a "clean-room"
reimplentation as i've seen the source for both wpoison and fakelist.pl
(i use a modified version of fakelist on my own system).


craig sanders <cas@taz.net.au>

Fabricati Diem, PVNC.
 -- motto of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch

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