You were right Daniel!  Thanks for the input!

I had accidentally deleted one of the # characters near the top of the jail file.
Putting it back in fixed the problem! 

I was looking at trying to update to a newer version by getting a newer .deb file.
I used apt-get purge fail2ban to remove the installed version.
Then I wget downloaded the .deb file of the new package and tried to apply it

root@mythtv:/myth/backup# dpkg -i fail2ban_0.8.6-3wheezy2_all.deb
Selecting previously deselected package fail2ban.
(Reading database ... 98248 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking fail2ban (from fail2ban_0.8.6-3wheezy2_all.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of fail2ban:
 fail2ban depends on python-central (>= 0.6.11); however:
  Version of python-central on system is 0.5.12.
dpkg: error processing fail2ban (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 fail2ban

If I were to update the python-central package, would I need to remove the currently installed python-package before I install the new or will the new install over-wright the old?

In addition to the python-central requirement I see even more dependencies with the current wheezy .deb which are making me wonder if this is going to break something on my 2008 vintage machine?
http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/fail2ban

Eric



From: Daniel Black <daniel.subs@internode.on.net>
To: fail2ban-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Fail2ban-users] trying to install fail2ban on Knoppmyth R5.5 machine (Debian vintage 2008)

On 01/17/2014 04:05 PM, Eric wrote:

> /etc/fail2ban/jail.local, line: 2
> ' This file was composed for Debian systems from the original one\n'
>  failed!


This file is incorrect.

I suspect that this was meant to be a comment on line 2.

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