[Libpst-devel] Future of libpst

Joe Nahmias joe@nahmias.net
Sun, 7 Nov 2004 22:21:46 -0500

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Hello *,

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 [0] on the Debian alioth server.  It contains the regular
things you'd expect for project hosting including:

	- Forum [1]
	- Mailing list <libpst-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org>
	- Source Repository [2] (using subversion)
	- etc...

This will be open to anyone who wants to contribute.  So, if you'd like
to join you need to register [3] 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


[0] http://alioth.debian.org/projects/libpst/
[1] http://alioth.debian.org/forum/?group_id=3D30390
[2] http://svn.debian.org/viewcvs/libpst/
[3] https://alioth.debian.org/account/register.php

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