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RE: Patch suggestion for netcat-1.10.2 (ping Corinna)
- From: "Dave Korn" <dk at artimi dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 15:45:52 -0000
- Subject: RE: Patch suggestion for netcat-1.10.2 (ping Corinna)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cygwin-owner On Behalf Of Corinna Vinschen
> On Jan 24 04:28, Dave Korn wrote:
> > I've got a small patch for netcat that gives it two new options
> > (-D/-X) to force dos or unix line ends when it's sending to the
> > network.
> I think we could try it with your patch.
> I have just one problem. I had to tweak the existing netcat
> package only slightly to get cygwin support but I never got a
> reply from the upstream maintainer. So, perhaps we'll never
> get that upstream :-(
That's kind of why I sent it to you, rather than upstream:
I've submitted a patch to them once before, for netcat-1.1-nt, the
win-specific version rather than the generic one.
I got a reply from Hobbit saying they'd be glad to take a look if I made
my patch fully cross-platform (perhaps my fault for not making it clear that
my patch was against nc11nt.zip; I merely said it was 'for the windows
version' and they may have assumed I was offering a patch for nc110.tgz that
would break non-windoze builds; or perhaps they felt as a policy matter that
having two diverged versions was bad enough already).
In the end I never got back to them on that one, as I didn't have the time
or convenient access to non-windoze machines for testing. However,
considering that there's been no updates since '96 (nc110.tgz) or '98
(nc11nt.zip), I think it's fair to say that there's no serious effort at
on-going maintenance or development work going on there. Even if they were
to accept patches and add them into the versions available from the @stake
website, they're not doing organized distributions/updates, so nobody would
probably notice. I figure there would be no harm in branching off their
version for cygwin.
BTW, are you aware of the GNU netcat (http://netcat.sf.net/)? Someone's
started off a project the idea of which seems to be to bring netcat
up-to-date, tidy up the code and extend the functionality, and get an
ongoing opensource development effort going. I haven't had enough time to
look at it thoroughly yet; from what I've managed to see, it looks like a
sound enough plan. I'm curious to know if you've examined it any more
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