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Re: ambiguity about nmap results
From: "sara fink" <sara.fink () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 23:22:29 +0300

That's why I don't use debian or ubuntu or the like. gentoo is really
great, but not for everyone. It requires some sophistication, willing
to invest the time.

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:17 PM, DePriest, Jason R.
<jrdepriest () gmail com> wrote:
Debian is worse, much worse.  Both the test and unstable branches have
4.53-3 as the latest.

Stable is listed as 4.11-1!  According to the nmap changelog, that was
"stable" on 2006/06/23, coming close to two years ago.  Nmap is so
much better than it was back then!

Ugh.  I just roll my own.

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:02 PM, Brandon Enright <> wrote:
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On Fri, 30 May 2008 22:22:46 +0300
"sara fink" <sara.fink () gmail com> wrote:

on my laptop I have nmap version 4.60 from gentoo portage.
4.62 appears as non stable in portage.


The Gentoo arch/~arch model (as well as most other distributions notion
of stable/unstable) typically doesn't match the Nmap development cycle.

For Nmap it is generally the case that x.z is /more/ stable and better
tested than x.y when z > y.

At least for nmap, you probably should add

# Networking (or ~x86, etc)
net-analyzer/nmap ~amd64

to /etc/portage/package.keywords

I love Gentoo but don't expect the devs and package maintainers to make
the best decisions for your particular usage case.

Brandon

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