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Bug#516881: nc6 -- TCP/IP swiss army knife with IPv6 support


I think this is a good idea to drop the package since this tools does
not have so much release (i just see this after ITA it :s)

After some investigations, i see that:

- nc.openbsd (netcat-openbsd package) have IPv6 and UDP support
- nc6 have many supports like bluetooth support [1] via L2CAP
protocol (yet used ?), buffer size, half-close, mtu and nru. I don't
know if these features are useful for actual users of nc6 [2]
- socat	seems to have same features that nc.openbsd have (IPv6,
UDP, etc..)

1: nc6(1)
2: http://qa.debian.org/popcon.php?package=nc6

So the problem does not seems to be the IPv6 support but other
features of nc6...

Le Sat, 14 Mar 2009 14:38:09 +0100,
Luca Bruno <lucab@debian.org> a écrit :

> Hi Guillame,
> what are the features strictly relevant to nc6 over other advanced
> conections tools (eg. socat), to justify the existence of a separate
> package?
> If it only add ipv6 support and "an enhanced support for UDP", I would
> really say that socat already does this (and much more!).
> Given that upstream seems dead and there's a great mess with various
> netcat flavors, wouldn't be better to coordinate with other developers
> to try porting the v6 patch to the mainstream flavors and drop this
> package?
> Ciao, Luca


Guillaume Delacour

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