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Wakoopa For Linux

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:01 am on Monday, March 31, 2008

I stumbled across Jakes blog post over at: http://blogs.howtogeek.com/jatecblog/posts/software-tracker-for-linux. Until this point I had never heard of the Wakoopa service. It seems like a really good idea. It is sort of the Alexa for software applications. Naturally I left a comment showing interest in an open source Wakoopa and shortly after received an e-mail from Jake.

Here it is:

Hello Owen, 

First I'd like to clarify that I don't actually have a need for the 
application tracker... it would be purely for fun. That said, I would love if 
you would be willing to create this. Here is the idea I have envisioned in 
more detail but do not have the skills to create:

1) The process list is purged every so often to generate a log file.
2) The log file is periodically sent to a server. It is cleared after each 
time it is uploaded.
3) The server then has an application which goes through and sorts out process 
names and so forth and presents them as user reader data (much like Wakoopa) 

I think that this would be the easiest way, but I'd love to hear your 
suggestions. If you were to make this I think it would be used and loved by many, as well as being useful.

Now that he has broken it down like that it seems like it would be pretty easy to implement. The only thing that I can see being a little bit complicated is determining what processes are running and how long they have been running for. I hopefully have a short shell script up for next Sundays column and have some sort of prototype. There should be nothing new in this script that I haven’t covered before on this blog, except possibly the sort command. Other commands I plan to know I will probably use are ps or top, cat and echo. There will probably be lots of loops and conditional if’s. The good thing about this idea is that if I write a shell script to do this some one will be able to translate it into another language. The real part where I would like to spend the majority of my time would be in the web interface. I expect that this will be written in PHP but I am unsure of the database technology that will be used since the recent happenings with MySQL.

So when this open source Wakoopa prototype is finished how many people do you think will use this service? Would you use it? What do you think an acceptable update time is? Any one have any other questions / input?





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Comment by Wouter

March 31, 2008 @ 3:42 am

Hi Owen, we would also love to work together with you guys on a Linux version for Wakoopa. Drop me a line if you’re interested!

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Comment by Marduk Kurios

June 14, 2008 @ 3:39 am

If you ever get to testing stages, drop me a line.. would love to betatest this.. i’ve been using wakoopa on winxp a long time, but have recently switched over to using ubuntu on both my pc’s at home… regrettably the linux version seems to still be under construction… :(

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Comment by Kreuger

June 19, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

Hey there, I’ve been waiting a few months now for them to get this tracker for linux which is supposedly coming but hasnt yet. I would surely use yours if you created one.

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Comment by Calvin Robinson

August 15, 2008 @ 5:12 am

Would be interested in this. Any progress so far?

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