Netcat Issue: No UDP Transmission

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Hello listamtes,

Here’s is a curious issue: netcat (nc) seems to not do UDP for me, even though TCP works flawlessly. Not even on the local host.

Here’s the “server session” I am running:

cat test.dd | nc -l -u -n -k -v 2456

(test.dd is just a large file with random data)

Here’s the client:

nc -v -u 2456 | dd of=/dev/null
^C0+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes (0 B) copied, 219.944 s, 0.0 kB/s

Here’s what netstat reports:

netstat -a -n | grep 2456
udp 0 0*

udp 0 0
unix 3 [ ] STREAM CONNECTED 12456

So the connection is established – but no data appears to be getting transferred.

This behaviour seems to be the same on CentOS 6 and LinuxMint. Any idea what may be going on?