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Re: Bug#353917: ITP: lanmap -- lanmap sits quietly on a network and builds a picture of what it sees.

On Wed, Feb 22, 2006 at 01:04:32AM +0100, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2006 at 01:22:57PM -0800, Sebastien Delafond wrote:
> > * Package name    : lanmap
> >   Version         : 0.1
> >   Upstream Author : Ryan Flynn <parseerror@gmail.com>
> > * URL             : http://parseerror.com/lanmap/
> > * License         : GPL
> >   Description     : lanmap sits quietly on a network and builds a picture of what it sees.
> > 
> > lanmap simply listens to all available traffic on the interface of your
> > choice, figures out who's talking to who, and how much and using which
> > protocols. From each packet we can usually glean some little hint at
> (...)
> This software looks interesting, but very similar to PADS
> (http://passive.sourceforge.net/) which is already packaged for Debian.
> Besides being able to use Graphviz to generate network "maps" which
> differences does it have with Pads?

I find the ability to generate a graphical representation of the
harvested data to be indeed lanmap's greatest asset. I don't know of
any other program, already packaged for Debian, that does that.

Should the similarities between PADS and lanmap prevent the latter
from being packaged for Debian ? I understand they both rely on
passive network monitoring to produce info, but I still don't see that
as an obstacle to packaging lanmap in Debian.

I'm of course open to hearing any opinion on this matter :)



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