Subject: Re: Proposal for new utility in base: bin/nc
To: Eric Gillespie, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: None <email@example.com>
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.