[SOLVED] Proxmox and netcat-openbsd


Jan 30, 2019

I was trying to install netcat-openbsd (for its -X proxy option) on my Proxmox server but got the message that it conflict with Proxmox install

Is there a reason for that?
It seems proxmox wants only netcat-traditionnal package but it should easily be resolved to have both version of netcat installed on the server, update alternative is there for that isn't it?

# update-alternatives --config nc
There is only one alternative in link group nc (providing /bin/nc): /bin/nc.traditional
Nothing to configure.

# apt install netcat-openbsd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
proxmox-ve pve-manager

The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 38.2 kB of archives.
After this operation, 9,512 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

For now, I resolved that problem by extracting the netcat-openbsd binary in /usr/local/bin... but I won't have updates of it that way...
# cd /tmp && apt download netcat-openbsd
# dpkg-deb -R netcat-openbsd_*.deb /tmp/
# cp -p /tmp/bin/nc.openbsd /usr/local/bin/

Thank you


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