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Old 08-14-2004, 03:28 AM   #1
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xinetd or tcp wrapper ?

Hi, i'm planning to create a small http/file server on one of my computer.
I'm on Slackware 10 and i want to know the difference between Xinetd (or inetd) and TCP Wrapper and wich one i should use.

Old 08-14-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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Xinetd listens on behalf of an internet service and launches that service when requested from the outside. Tcp_wrappers protects services that normally stand alone and listen for connections on their own behalf. Xinetd is also normally compiled against libwrap, and can use tcpwrappers for services it handles too. Xinetd launches telnet, ftp, finger, "r" services etc. Http should not be run from xinetd.
Old 08-15-2004, 06:37 PM   #3
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Go with inetd instead of xinetd in case you'd need to choose.
It's more mature than xinetd and it's been around for so long it can't be bad. (don't use that reasoning on sendmail though )


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