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Why is portmap installed by default?

Why is portmap installed by default on a vanilla basic Debian Sarge install?

As far as I can see this is mainly used by by NFS and NIS - so if we're not
using either of these then why should it be installed.

I'm asking mainly because chkrootkit is reporting what seems like a false
positive due to an open RPC port - and this seems to be a well known false


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