Friday, February 3, 2012

Debian "wheezy": inetd.conf is missing

Like the North Star, the /etc/inetd.conf file has always been there for me on every Linux system I've ever run . . . until now. "Where is inetd.conf?" I asked myself the other day.

The quick answer is, "nowhere." It appears that in Debian "wheezy" inetd is not installed by default. You have to do:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install inetutils-inetd

That will get you where you need to be. After you configured at least one service in /etc/inetd.conf, you can do:
# dpkg-reconfigure inetutils-inetd
Stopping internet superserver: inetd.
Starting internet superserver: inetd.

And then:
# ps ax | grep inetd
 5005 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/inetutils-inetd
 5008 pts/0    S+     0:00 grep inetd

Note that the inetd daemon has been renamed.


  1. Thank you! I picked the "openbsd-inetd" flavor instead.

  2. You made my day. Thank you very much. This helps me for Testing Debian 8 standard.