RECONF-INETD(8)         System Administration Utilities        RECONF-INETD(8)

       reconf-inetd - utility to update /etc/inetd.conf and restart inetd

       reconf-inetd [--verbose]
       reconf-inetd --sanity-check=fragment [... fragment]

       reconf-inetd is a maintainer tool that updates inetd.conf. Such updates
       are based on xinetd.conf-like configuration fragments in
       /usr/share/reconf-inetd (where server packages install their fragments)
       and /usr/lib/reconf-inetd (where reconf-inetd keeps track of which
       inetd.conf entries have been added by itself).

       reconf-inetd identifies every inetd.conf entry based on the combination
       of three fields: service name, protocol, and server path. This allows
       multiple inetd.conf entries for the same service, eg. for IPv4 and IPv6
       versions, as well as for different upstreams (eg. proftpd versus

       reconf-inetd will not add inetd.conf entries for services whose server
       path is non-existent, or whose combination of protocol, service name
       and server path matches an existing inetd.conf entry.

       reconf-inetd does not support internal services.

       -h, --help
              show this help message and exit

              test the validity of the xinetd.conf-like configuration
              fragments, as specified by a space-separated list of files

       -v, --verbose
              explain what happens

       -V, --version
              show version and exit

       reconf-inetd declares a file-based dpkg trigger on
       /usr/share/reconf-inetd.  Shadow fragment files are stored in

       A log file is kept at /var/log/reconf-inetd.log

       reconf-inetd fragments are a much simplified version of xinetd.conf(5)
       fragments. They have this structure:

              service <service_name>
                     <attribute> = <value> <value> ...

       Of the wide range of fields foreseen by xinetd.conf(5), reconf-inetd
       honors only these fields:

         protocol          (optional, except for RPC and unlisted services)
         port              (optional, except for unlisted non-RPC services)
         server_args       (optional)

       If the protocol field is omitted and the service is listed,
       reconf-inetd will assume the protocol of the first matching entry from
       /etc/services. That will be tcp or udp, which currently implies IPv4,
       so if the intention is IPv6, then tcp6 or udp6 should be explicitly
       specified in the protocol field.

       Unlike, regular xinetd fragment files, reconf-inetd fragment files must
       have only one service per file. A package that provides more than one
       service must install a separate fragment file for each service. This is
       the case to allow for removal of individual services, by simply
       removing the related file.

       /usr/share/reconf-inetd fragments are not configuration files; they're
       just input to reconf-inetd. Local admin configuration should be applied
       to inetd.conf

       tcpd-configured service fragments will typically have server set to
       /usr/sbin/tcpd and server_args will start with the path to the actual
       server executable.

       Follows a reproduction of valid atrribute values from xinetd.conf(5):

       socket_type Possible values for this attribute include:

              stream      stream-based service

              dgram       datagram-based service

              raw         service that requires direct access to IP

              seqpacket   service that requires reliable sequential datagram

              determines the protocol that is employed by the service.  The
              protocol must exist in /etc/protocols.  If this attribute is not
              defined, the default protocol employed by the service will be

       port   determines the service port.

       wait   This attribute determines if the service is single-threaded or
              multi-threaded and whether or not xinetd accepts the connection
              or the server program accepts the connection. If its value is
              yes, the service is single-threaded; this means that xinetd will
              start the server and then it will stop handling requests for the
              service until the server dies and that the server software will
              accept the connection. If the attribute value is no, the service
              is multi-threaded and xinetd will keep handling new service
              requests and xinetd will accept the connection. It should be
              noted that udp/dgram services normally expect the value to be
              yes since udp is not connection oriented, while tcp/stream
              servers normally expect the value to be no.

       user   determines the uid for the server process. The user attribute
              can either be numeric or a name. If a name is given
              (recommended),  the user name must exist in /etc/passwd.  This
              attribute is ineffective if the effective user ID of xinetd is
              not super-user.

       server determines the program to execute for this service.

              determines the arguments passed to the server.

       Here is an example fragment:

           service finger
               socket_type = stream
               protocol = tcp6
               wait = no
               user = nobody
               server = /usr/sbin/fingerd

       and it's tcpd-enabled version:

           service finger
               socket_type = stream
               protocol = tcp6
               wait = no
               user = nobody
               server = /usr/sbin/tcpd
               server_args = /usr/sbin/fingerd

       Known issues and missing features are listed in

       reconf-inetd is a replacement for update-inetd. The motivation for and
       design of reconf-inetd is detailed at the Debian Enhancement Proposal
       9, at, a copy of which is locally
       available at /usr/share/doc/reconf-inetd/dep9.html

       reconf-inetd was designed, documented and implemented by Serafeim
       Zanikolas <>

       inetd.conf(5), xinetd.conf(5), inetd(8), update-inetd(8), deb-

reconf-inetd 1.120603              June 2012                   RECONF-INETD(8)