UUCP and Netnews

From: Frank McConnell <fmc_at_reanimators.org>
Date: Thu Jun 14 14:14:52 2001

Cameron Kaiser <spectre_at_stockholm.ptloma.edu> wrote:
> Can I run it through inetd, though? I would really rather not have it as a
> daemon (unless uucpd doesn't do any network stuff).

In modern FreeBSD (back to 1997 or so), uucpd is intended to be run
from inetd. It does /etc/passwd-based login authentication and
launches uucico. I am not sure this was always true of uucpd; I have
a vague recollection of some system on which uucpd was intended to run
as an independent daemon that opened port 540 directly, and can't
remember whether that was the behavior of earlier BSD Unix or was just
a brain-damaged implementation from a Unix vendor that didn't get it.

Taylor UUCP supports running uucico directly from inetd. If you give
uucico a -l argument it will issue "login:" and "Password:" prompts
and do login authentication using its own list of users and passwords
(not /etc/passwd).

What's stockholm running, AIX?

-Frank McConnell
Received on Thu Jun 14 2001 - 14:14:52 BST

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