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Re: xmloutputversion change
From: Max <nmap () webwizarddesign com>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:52:31 -0500

Great suggestion, I cannot count the times I have been surprised by
XML schema changes that broke Nmap::Scanner, including now :p, I
obviously need to now update my module as it will have broken again
with the new release if I am understanding correctly :).

I would be hugely in favor of an nmap-xml list, even if it is
announcement only, where someone could at least send out a 'things
have changed' notice when the XML schema has changed if maintaining
the XML version number is not feasible (though I think that the
version number is a better way to go).

- Max

On Nov 28, 2007 5:53 AM, Lionel Cons <lionel.cons () cern ch> wrote:
I've tried nmap-4.23RC2 and noticed that the XML output format changed
significantly. In order to help programs that deal with XML files from
different Nmap versions, I would suggest to increase xmloutputversion from
1.01 to 1.02.

As a general rule, I would suggest to increase xmloutputversion each time
there is a change in the XML output format. To my understanding, this is the
purpose of this element. This is different from the Nmap version, which
could change without affecting the XML output format.

If the change is minor (backward compatible, like adding new elements), only
the decimal part should be increased, like now. If the change is major (not
backward compatible), the integral part should be increased (e.g. 1.02 ->
2.00).

Cheers,

Lionel Cons

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