Who maintains the nmap install?

Asked by Mat


I am new to ubuntu, and am still getting to grips, I like the package management and it works well for most things.

The version of nmap installed in 5.03, the latest is 5.20, not including beta or the Defcon edition. My questions is how frequently are newer versions added to the package repository? Or how can new versions be added?

I guess I could go the manual install route...



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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

There is a 6 month package review (or it may be 3 months) but anyway, Ubuntu is not a rolling release so packages can get 'old'. The packages in the repos are known to work rather than being the latest kit as new users to Linux (which Ubuntu is aimed at primarily) want hassle free use.

If you want nmap 5.21 you can add a PPA via this command and get the newer version. It will not be supported in #ubuntu as it is a 3rd party app. Your call:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kang-bundo/nmap; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade

(assuming you already have nmap installed).

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Mat (la-bigmac) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

If you want the latest and greatest then you need to use a rolling release distro like debian. Ubuntu is aimed at Linux virgins so apps working rather than being the latest is priority