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[gopher] Fwd: Re: [linux-elitists] nimda - cheese or notify script?

Woohoo. would be nice to see some new gopher daemons.

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From: Wayne Earl <wayne@qconcepts.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 00:04:56 -0700
To: Linux Elitists <linux-elitists@zgp.org>
Subject: Re: [linux-elitists] nimda - cheese or notify script?
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On Tue, Sep 18, 2001 at 11:51:01PM -0700 or therabouts, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> apt-get installed gopherd

Pretty unhelpful for most Linux users, who don't currently use Debian
(no flame value is associated with that statement; linux elitists use the
distro that sucks less for themselves. Flames regarding this issue piped
to /dev/null)

Compiling from source is an adventure as well. What crap code that is.

> To be honest, after reading the gopherd code I'm less optimistic about
> it coming back. The code of UMN gopherd is awful. There are
> potentially hundreds of buffer overflows. And the '.\r\n' sequence
> (IIRC) terminates a transfer. Thus files need escaping, and sendfile()
> can not be used.

The code looks like it hasn't been updated in years. Better to
reimpliment a gopher server from the ground up. Maybe I'll whip
something up in perl or python.

Wayne Earl <wayne@qconcepts.net>
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