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

Guillaume Delacour scrisse:

> Hello,
> 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...

So, it looks like the original intent of ipv6-support is already there
for alternatives, still nc6 has some interesting options. The
optimum would be to port them to nc-openbsd/socat, so that nc6 will
complete its scope.
I'll try to get in touch with related upstream developer and ask them
to cordinate the integration. I won't have time now to directly produce
patches, so I hope someone can keep the job soon.

In the meantime, nc6 could be kept in the archive as a pro-tempore
solution, if you're still interested in it.

Cheers, Luca

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