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Old 08-12-2002, 01:54 PM   #1
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inetd - what the hell is it?


Inetd? It spawns all other daemons does it? or what. I currently don't have it starting at the start up of my system. Is it important? What's it good for? I also don't have the portmapper installed on my system. What is it good for and how do I get it? I'm asking these questions because I'm thinking of installing FAM and I need these set up properly to use it.
 
Old 08-12-2002, 02:00 PM   #2
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inetd is a service that groups together a lot of smaller, petty sometimes, daemons / servers. like an NTP date server, telnet and such like. just a potentially easier way to administer them. most new distros use xinetd now though, which is the same conecpt but a bit bigger.
 
Old 08-12-2002, 03:59 PM   #3
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so what does inetd have to do with the portmapper? I read somewhere that it should be started at startup before the portmapper is started. And what is the portmapper? All I know so far is that it uses /etc/rpc . What is it good for? Does anyone know where there is any documentation on it?

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portmapper (portmap(8)) is a server that converts RPC program numbers into TCP/IP (or UDP/IP) protocol port numbers. It must be running in order to make RPC calls (which is what the NIS/NIS+ client software does) to RPC servers (like a NIS or NIS+ server) on that machine.

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I guess what I really what I really want to know is what is RPC?

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Old 08-12-2002, 05:10 PM   #4
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Sun's Remote Procedure Calls take a look here http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=2204
 
  


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