On Wed, 25 Jan 2012, Buddy wrote:
> No message at all before or after it stops. Never saw the messages
> you refer to.
sad... btw -- does "tail -f" follows that file normally? I just wonder
may be it gets constantly overridden or smth like that...

tail -f /var/log/fail2ban.log | grep maillog just scrolls along for a few hundred lines, and then stops. When I look at the logfile, the maillog entries stop.

> What is the current git master?

that is what you would get having done

> I think that's where I got 0.8.6.

you could get 0.8.6 from that git as well since it was tagged indeed.
what does

git describe

Don't have git on the server. The Changelog says this: ver. 0.8.6 (2011/11/28) - stable

The directory is this: fail2ban-fail2ban-a20d1f8. All files are dated Nov. 28.

When I look at the link you sent ( https://github.com/fail2ban/fail2ban/commit/ed16ecc50abba6ddbe9be577fe0dd983f1795b80 ) it takes me to a file setup.py. I assume I replace the one in the distribution with the one at the link? Then what? Does "python setup.py install" incorporate the new setup.py, or do I have to do some sort of build? Thanks.