Subject: Re: Proposal for new utility in base: bin/nc
To: Eric Gillespie, Jr. <>
From: None <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/17/2001 10:27:46
>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
>system.  The author of the original implementation wonders why nc
>wasn't part of UNIX systems already.  I often find myself
>wondering that, too, so i decided to do something about it.

>I soon learned is that the original nc is unmaintainable and very
>crufty.  So i started from scratch.  This new implementation is
>small and clean, and supports IPv6.  I didn't implement the
>original nc's stranger features such as port randomization, and i
>also left out UDP.  AFAIK no one actually uses these, though it
>shouldn't be hard to add them if there demand were there.

	nc is maintained somewhere in openbsd tree too, so you will want to
	coordinate with them.