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Re: NSE Infrastructure: Eliminate script.db
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:49:59 -0700

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 03:27:46PM -0500, Kris Katterjohn wrote:

Unfortunately, everytime I write a new script I have to set NMAPDIR and
use -script-updatedb to update the script database in my nmap
directory--for a lot of simple scripts this gets old :).

Hi Kris.  Thanks for the suggestion.  You are supposed to be able to
do:

nmap --script ./mynewscript.nse

Is that not working for you?  You shouldn't need to add it to the DB
unless you want to call it by category.

I was thinking that Nmap could use the steps it takes to build the
database file, but instead of writing to the script.db it could just
build the internal list of scripts (or however it works--I'm not
well-versed in the innards of NSE).  This would eliminate the
- -script-updatedb option and the script.db.

Well, we added the script.db for efficiency reasons.  It may not make
a huge difference now, but it might start to as the number of scripts
continues to grow.  I believe Diman did some testing with 10,000
scripts.  Right now we only have about 50, but the system is still
new.  Nessus has more than 21,000 plugins.

Cheers,
-F

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