Provided by: spong-www_2.7.7-12_all bug


       www-spong-ack - WWW (CGI) based spong acknowledgment tool



       Then a spong event occurs (or will occur), you can use this tool to
       acknowledge that your know there is a problem. You can provide text
       that will be seen by others looking at the event (via a spong display
       program). You can specify a time limit that the problem will occur. If
       a problem has been acknowledged, you will no longer receive
       notifications of the problem, and the spong display programs will show
       the of the service(s) as "blue".

       Theory of Operation

       The www-spong-ack program is designed to interact with the www-spong
       Spong display program, but it the program can be used if it is invoked

       When the program is initially invoked it will list all of the
       acknowledgments at the top of the page in the "Current Acknowledgments"
       section. The host/service and the expiration date/time of the acks are
       displayed. A Delete link is provided for every ack. that will delete
       that particular ack. when selected.

       Below in the "New Acknowledgment" section is a form form for creating a
       new acknowledgment. The host name is selected from the drop-down box.
       The service(s) to be acknowledged is entered in service field. The
       duration of the event is entered in one of several formats into the
       duration field. Your e-mail address should be entered into the e-mail
       address field. It is only used to show who created the ack. And a
       message about the acknowledgement can be entered.  Once all of the
       information is entered, press the ’Create’ button to create the


       Configuration Files

       spong-cleanup reads the standard spong.conf and spong.conf.<host>
       configuration files.

       Configuration Variables

           The host that at least the spong-server and spong-message programs
           are running on. Typically the spong-network program runs on that
           host as well.

           This variable defines the port that the spong-server update process
           listens on. If this variable is not defined on the $SPONGSERVER
           host, the spong-server update process will not be started.  The
           default value is 1998.


       SPONGHOME/etc/spong.conf, SPONGHOME/etc/spong.conf.<host>


       Perl v5.005_03 or greater is required.

       A working web server that can run CGI programs.


       No know bugs.


       spong-server, spong-ack, spong.conf, user-guide


       Stephen L Johnson <>


       Based on code/ideas from Sean MacGuire (BB), and Helen Harrison (Pong).
       Ed Hill original converted Big Brother ( into Perl
       which diverged from Big Brother to become Spong. Ed Hill continued
       Spong development until version 2.1. Stephen L Johnson took over
       development in October, 1999 with his changes which became Spong 2.5.