Subject: Re: Proposal for new utility in base: bin/nc
To: Eric Gillespie, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
Date: 10/12/2001 14:42:10
"Eric Gillespie, Jr." wrote:
> nc (netcat) is one of the most useful tools around. When
> installing a new system, the first thing i always do is put an nc
> binary on a floppy so i can mass-transfer other files onto the
Never used it... You haven't described its functionality here, so I'm
still not sure what it does. ftp(1) is also a useful mass transfer
> [ ... ]
> I'm sure even suggesting adding a program to the base system at
> this point is sacrilege, but it is very small (12315 bytes
> dynamically linked).
If it's in /bin, it implies that you'll use it in single user mode.
If so, it has to be statically linked. Once you start pulling in
nameserver goo, static program size explodes...
> Its usefulness more than justifies its
> presence, IMHO.
While I don't mean to sound too negative, I'm wondering what usefulness
it provides over other tools already in the base system.
Simon Burge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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