LinuxMonth: Netcat - Network Connection Made EasyDec 16, 2000, 15:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Stearns)
[ Thanks to Baiju Thakkar for this link. ]
"Netcat was written 5 years ago to perform exactly this kind of magic - allowing the user to make network connections between machines without any programming. Let's look at some examples of how it works."
"...netcat can be used as a tcp/ip client program, allowing us to connect to a remote server, send a request, and pass off the response to some other program. It can also be used as a server."
"I'd like to set up a simple server that reports the stable and development versions of the Mason software I write. I'd like it to be available on port 1500 of mason.stearns.org. I'd also like to avoid having to write yet another piece of software to do it. While it's true that I could place this in some finger-accessible file, I'd rather not run the finger daemon as that tends to be a security and privacy risk."