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Re: nmap 2.12

Gregoire Welraeds <gregoire@welraeds.be> writes:

> I have recently installed a basic potato on a PII. While playing a little bit
> around a find that the provided nmap was only a 2.12 version. It is a rather
> old version of nmap (I have a 2.53 installed on a SuSE 6.3).
> Is there any known reason for this choice ?

The reason is called 'stable' ;-)

Debian does not put new versions into stable.  It just allows security
fixes to be made to it.  Okay, ocassionally a new upgrade (e.g. 2.2r1
to 2.2r2) may fix some serious breakage as well, but that's about it.

If you want more recent versions of various packages, point yourself
at 'testing' or 'unstable'.  My nmap is 2.54.22.BETA-2 (from testing)
which beats your 2.53.  The preference functionality in apt should let
you pull down only selected packages from testing and/or unstable.  I
don't know if potato's apt already supports this though.

Hope this helps,
Olaf Meeuwissen       Epson Kowa Corporation, Research and Development

     Free Software: `No walls, no windows!  No fences, no gates!'

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