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It has the ability to redirect TCP streams to a remote host and port. This is useful for those of that use IP masquerading, or NAT, and want to be able to reach your internal hosts.
It also has the ability to bind specific services to specific interfaces. This is useful when you want to make services available for your internal network, but not the rest of the world. Or to have a different service running on the same port, but different interfaces.
README.Debian for xinetd ======================== xinetd in debian is supposed to work with -inetd_compat enabled (you can tweak that in /etc/default/xinetd). Package maintainers that support xinetd in addition to xinetd, will drop files in /etc/xinetd.d/<service> _and_ add entries in /etc/inetd.conf, enabling them using update-inetd. If both an xinetd service configuration id and a more»
xinetd is a powerful replacement for inetd. Original site: http://www.xinetd.org xinetd has access control mechanisms, extensive logging capabilities, the ability to make services available based on time, can place limits on the number of servers that can be started, and has deployable defence mechanisms to protect against port scanners, among other things. There are a number of differences betwe more»
(Lack of) update-inetd functionality with xinetd ------------------------------------------------ The update-inetd script is used by Debian packages which rely on inetd. The purpose of the script is to update /etc/inetd.conf so that the network service(s) provided by the package in question are added or enabled. Beginning with 1:2.3.11-2, xinetd is shipped with an optional inetd.conf compatibil more»
xinetd (1:2.3.14-6) unstable; urgency=low Thanks to David Madore, xinetd now is able to listen on more»
XINETD.CONF(5) XINETD.CONF(5) NAME xinetd.conf - Ex more»
XINETD.LOG(5) XINETD.LOG(5) NAME xinetd.log - xin more»
ITOX(8) ITOX(8) NAME itox - convert more»
XCONV(8) xinetd XCONV(8) NAME xconv.pl - inetd more»