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Re: Version display: included vs. system libraries
From: ambarisha b <b.ambarisha () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:58:51 +0530

I like "nmap-" prefix because changing the library name indicates that
the library might have been edited for nmap as in libdnet.The other
two seem to indicate that we have just included the actual libraries
with nmap.

Cheers
Ambarisha

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:40 AM, Kris Katterjohn <katterjohn () gmail com> wrote:
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On 02/09/2011 05:56 PM, David Fifield wrote:
It would be nice to have an indication of whether libpcre, libpcap, and
libdnet are the versions that come packaged with Nmap or are from the
operating system. In this example, libpcap and libdnet are "included,"
and libpcre is not. Here are some ideas I've had.

1. Use a mark like an asterisk to show included libraries.

Compiled with: libpcre-7.6 *libpcap-0.9.8 *libdnet-1.12 ipv6
Compiled without: liblua openssl
* = Nmap included


I like this one best of your 3 ideas.  It's short and understandable.

2. Use a prefix like "nmap-".

Compiled with: libpcre-7.6 nmap-libpcap-0.9.8 nmap-libdnet-1.12 ipv6
Compiled without: liblua openssl


This my least favorite.  It looks more cluttered and I don't think the "nmap-"
prefix would be obvious to non-devs.

3. Use a separate output line. (Option 3' would be to have the included
libraries appear in both "Compiled with" lines, not just one.)

Compiled with (Nmap included): libpcap-0.9.8 libdnet-1.12
Compiled with: libpcre-7.6 ipv6
Compiled without: liblua openssl


This is OK but #1, while still 3 lines of output, looks better to me.

Any comments or suggestions? The goal is mainly to help us on the dev
list troubleshoot people's problems, but also the output should be
informative and understandable to anyone who happens to run "nmap -V".

David Fifield

Cheers,
Kris Katterjohn

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