Netcat on Fedora is a different Netcat

Giuseppe Fuggiano giuseppe.fuggiano at
Fri Jan 9 23:12:29 UTC 2009

2009/1/9 Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at>:
> Fedora's package uses the nc codebase from openBSD.
> rpm -qi nc
> We package things with the upstream project url encoded in the header
> information so you know exactly where the sourcecode base is coming
> from in our packages.  Do the other distributions you use do they
> same? Do you know where the upstream source distribution of their
> netcat package is?

Yes, probably from the "old" netcat.

> Is there another actively maintained netcat upstream project codebase
> that you were expecting to find?  My understanding is that that the
> netcat 1.10 version that some other distros a dead upstream
> project.  If I'm mistaken, please let me know where it is.

I don't know exactly.  But probably the choice of take that upstream
project codebase makes some sense...

> The switch to OpenBSD's actively maintained netcat codebase was made
> in March 2005.

Does that netcat version is shipped under BSD license, or still GNU/GPL?

Giuseppe Fuggiano

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