timekpr - Keep control of computer usage

No longer actively developed?

Asked by webservant on 2012-02-21

I see the status as "no longer actively developed."
Is this because of some insurmountable issue, or just lack of time and focus here?

I ask because this has been of great benefit to my family, and I'm willing to put in some time to learn and try to figure things out. But I don't want to invest in an impossibility.

Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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2012-02-22
Savvas Radevic (medigeek) said : #1

> Is this because of some insurmountable issue, or just lack of time and focus here?
A bit of both, at least on my behalf. I created a lexer to read time.conf and parse it accordingly. But that looks like a huge project.
I have managed to figure out a way to use time.conf but without reading it in the program. It can be done with python-pam.

I have also noticed that when running as root (or sudo python), python-pam doesn't need authentication, which makes it perfect to return a True or False (if user is allowed or is not allowed anymore to login).

Here's the python pamtest.py file: https://gist.github.com/1880253
Basically, since people started asking about the future of timekpr and coming back, I'm about 50% sure that I will continue coding. I already began, but from scratch. It's going to take a while (perhaps 6+ months) for a new "alpha" testing version.

I'll let you know and cannot promise anything. Subscribe to http://freecode.com/projects/timekpr to get an update of a new release.

Nathan Hartley (treestryder) said : #2

I made the switch to Gnome Nanny (http://projects.gnome.org/nanny/) because, at the time, it was being updated and it was included in Edubuntu. Funny thing... since then I have found that Gnome Nanny never seems to work right and now it hasn't been updated since 5/20/2010.

I bring up Gnome Nanny, because I wondered if some type of collaboration between the two projects had been considered?

Osmo Laitinen (osmo-laitinen) said : #3

I'll answer in this thread as well with the same link:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/timekpr/+bug/881098

Seems to be solution for fixing this in 11.10 and 12.04.
Those may not be most elegant way (especially that "users"* command replacement),
but seems to work. At least with my quick fast tests.

* I really don't understand why there needs be such changes for such programs like users is. :s

crjackson (crjackson) said : #4

Savvas,

This isn't really a question, but I'd like to say I'm very happy to read that you will continue the project when feasible. timekpr is a great project and has helped many of us parents. I'll be excited to see a new release! Thanks for all the hard work you and Even have invested in this project.

Charles Jackson

webservant (doulos) said : #5

I agree heartily with Charles - timekpr has been a great help to me in parenting! I was very please when I worked through the threads, applied the mods, and found timekpr working again on 12.04. It would be good to consoldate these into a 12.04 release to enable those less technically inclined.

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