Plod-like tool in ports

Viktor Lazlo viktorlazlo at
Thu May 6 21:12:53 PDT 2004

On Thu, 6 May 2004, Joshua Lokken wrote:

> * Kris Kennaway <kris at> [2004-05-06 14:25]:
> > On Thu, May 06, 2004 at 02:08:21PM -0700, Joshua Lokken wrote:
> > >
> > > Does anyone out there use a tool similar to plod for personal logging
> > > of administrative tasks?  I've looked through
> > > /usr/ports/sysutils, and didn't see anything that caught my eye.
> >
> > Perhaps if you explained in more detail what plod does, someone might
> > be able to suggest something.
> PLOD is a tool designed to help administrators (and others) keep track
> of their daily activities.  Since your management will typically have
> no idea what you are doing to justify such an exorbitant salary (any
> amount of money they may be paying you being classified as
> "exorbitant"), and since most people forget what they do themselves,
> it's good to keep a record.  Trot your logs out around performance
> review time, and show them to your management (after suitable
> sanitization) on a regular basis.
> The interface is designed to make it quick to dash off a simple note
> to yourself.  Since most folks who are going to use PLOD also use
> email, I've based the interface on Berkeley mail-- tilde escapes and
> all (for a list of escapes, try ~h or ~?).  By default, your logs will
> be encrypted using the /bin/crypt command-- not secure in the least,
> but marginally safe from casual browsing (I tend to vent into my logs
> sometimes rather than at those who might be offended and fire me).
> You can turn off the encryption if you find it more a hassle than a
> comfort.

Why not just use plod then? It works fine under both FreeBSD and Linux.



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