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init and xinetd woes

hello all,

I've been messing around with xinetd and init and I can't seem to get them
to play nicely together.

I've checked the archives and have reinstalled xinetd, sysvinit,
initscripts, etc., run the appropriate config files (overwriting existing
/etc/*config files) and I still can't get init to start xinetd.

/var/log/init.log is empty

net start init produces the following output:

INIT: version 2.84 booting
INIT: Entering runlevel: 3
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

$ ps -e |grep init
     2916    3432    2916        816    ?   18 04:41:05 /sbin/init

$ ps -e |grep xinetd

i tried doing "chkconfig --level 12345 xinetd on" but it seemed to have no

$ chkconfig --list

sshd            0:off   1:off   2:off   3:off   4:off   5:off   6:off
xinetd          0:off   1:on    2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
xinetd based services:
        chargen:        on
        chargen-udp:    on
        daytime:        on
        daytime-udp:    on
        echo:   on
        echo-udp:       on
        ftpd:   on
        imap:   on
        rexec:  on
        rlogin: on
        rsh:    off
        rsync:  off
        servers:        on
        services:       on
        talk:   on
        telnet: on
        time:   off
        time-udp:       off

there are no init errors in the Event Viewer > Application logs.

if i start xinetd "/etc/rc.d/init.d/xinetd start" it starts up alright, but
as soon as i try to connect (for example, to imap) I get:

setuid failed. Permission denied (errno=13)

I understand this is because I'm starting the xinetd process under the local
user account and it needs to be started under the SYSTEM account in order to

if it makes any difference, my /var/lock/subsys dir is empty

I've really done the best I can searching google and the archives for
answers as to how to resolve this problem. I've spent about 3 hours trying
to get it to work to no avail. I know this list's attitude towards the
asking of RTFM questions, or repeating questions easily answered by
searching the archives, but I'm really stuck with this one. Please help.

-Jonathan Simms

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