Need advice from maintainers

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Wed Oct 21 15:25:59 UTC 2009

I am the maintainer for security/barnyard2.  This is an updated version of 
security/barnyard, which I also maintain.  The version of my port is the 
current release version, but it has a really irritating problem that is fixed 
in the current beta version.

Barnyard2 is a program that parses snort logs and inserts them into a database 
(mysql or postgresql).  It is supposed to create a placemarker file (called a 
waldo file) that maintains a record of what logs it has already parsed.  (This 
is only one way of using the program.  There are others as well.)  The problem 
in the release version is that it does not read the waldo file when the program 
is restarted.  So every time you restart barnyard2, it reinserts into the 
database every alert you still have log files for.  The beta version fixes this 

I have created a port for the beta version and am using it myself, but I know 
that using beta versions of software is frowned upon.  Should I go ahead and 
submit this port because it solves this problem?

If I do, my thinking is that I should adjust the pkg-message file in the 
existing port to warn the user about the problem and note that the beta version 
solves it so they might want to consider using that instead.

Also, if I do submit the port, should it be named barnyard2-beta?  Or 

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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