Daemonize nc - Transmit a file like a http server

while ( nc -l 80 < /file.htm > : ) ; do : ; done &
Allow to launch nc like a daemon, in background until you still stop it. You can stop it with kill %1 (jobs method) or kill PID. The -k option can force nc to listen another connection, but if you use redirection, it will work only one time. The loop's inside doesn't do anything, but we can imagine to send a message to screen when a connection is established
Sample Output
[$$] # Number of PID

By: Zulu
2012-01-02 02:17:25

What Others Think

Very nice, but why stop at a static file: COUNT=0; while ( nc -l 80 <<< "You are connection $COUNT" > :) ; do ((COUNT++)) ; done & Gives the output: curl localhost You are connection 1 curl localhost You are connection 2
flatcap · 541 weeks and 2 days ago
Cool, although would lean toward a non-privileged port as its less hassle.
zlemini · 540 weeks and 6 days ago
I really like webfs for this type of http serving: http://goo.gl/sVWQ3
kaji · 538 weeks and 1 day ago
@kaji : Thanks to share that package. I didn't know it !
Zulu · 536 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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