[Libpst-devel] Future of libpst
Sun, 7 Nov 2004 22:21:46 -0500
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As you've probably noticed, development of libpst has been stalled for a
while now. I've been maintaining the Debian packages for libpst/readpst
for some time, and I've finally gotten back in touch with the upstream
author David Smith. I expressed my concerns about libpst and told him
that I have a number of fixes that I've gathered, as well as some new
development that I'd like to do including:
- Code cleanup.
- track down memory leaks with valgrind.
- Incorporate patches / requests from sourceforge project.
- Breaking out the functions that access the PST file into a
shared library so that they can be incorporated in other
projects (eg. kmail, evolution).
- Adding new command-line utilities to list the contents of a
PST file and extract a single / selected items.
- Adding support for the new Outlook 2003 (UTF-8) format.
Dave expressed his regrets in not keeping up with the project and
encouraged me to take the reins and see what I can make out of it.
Therefore, with his blessing, I have forked the project and opened up a
new project  on the Debian alioth server. It contains the regular
things you'd expect for project hosting including:
- Forum 
- Mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Source Repository  (using subversion)
This will be open to anyone who wants to contribute. So, if you'd like
to join you need to register  for an account on alioth and then drop
me a mail and I'll add you to the project.
Thanks again to Dave Smith for starting this project and bringing it to
this point. I only hope my own contributions will fill the shoes of my
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