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Re: [bug-inetutils] Add systemd and xinet support to inetutils

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] Add systemd and xinet support to inetutils
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:32:27 -0500

   >    Could you add support for systemd and xinetd in inetutils?
   >    I've attached working configs (systemd service and socket
   >    files and xinetd config).
   > What does that mean exactly?  I think those files are better
   > distributed by your operating system vendor than having them be
   > part of inetutils.

   Since many distributions now use systemd as init system, many
   projects now provides the systemd files to enable/start/etc their
   daemons.  This remove duplicate works for the distibution
   maintainers and the upstream developpers are better suited to
   handle these files as they know the best way to operate their

I'm inclined to think that this should be done by the distribution
maintainer.  Not all systems use systemd, some use System V init in
various forms, some use a BSD like init system.  The files are also so
tiny that it isn't that much work to create them -- I think most
distributions wouldn't even install them.  How about a chapter in the
documentation about setting up daemons?  Does anyone else have a
strong opinion about this?

   Supporting systemd would mean adding these file to the source
   tarball and installing them in /usr/lib/systemd/system (default

They would need to be generated, since daemons (in.ftpd, etc) are
normally installed in PREFIX/libexec.  And it cannot be done by
default, since we run on many platforms.

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