Updated: inetutils-1.5-6

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Sun Apr 5 09:30:00 GMT 2009

Inetutils provides common networking clients and servers,
including the inetd super-server, telnetd and telnet,
ftpd and ftp, rshd and rsh, rlogind and rlogin, talkd and
talk, tftpd and tftp, rexecd (but no rexec), uucpd (but no
uucp client), rcp, and syslogd.

This is a bugfix release. This release is for both cygwin-1.5
and for cygwin-1.7.

[[ compiled using gcc-3.4.4-999 ]]

CHANGES (since 1.5-4)
* iu-config uses new facilities provided by csih-0.1.9-2
  to enable so-called "unattended" installation. See below.
* Fixes a problem with ftpd in active mode, as reported by
  Curt Gran: http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2009-03/msg00299.html

* postinstall script may fail when run automatically by
  setup.exe for cygwin-1.5.  This is not an issue for cygwin-1.7's
  setup.  If installing on a legacy system, run the postinstall
  script manually from an Administrator account:
    Administrator$ /etc/postinstall/inetutils.sh.done
  See announcement for csih-0.1.9-2 for more information.
* talkd (possibly just firewall issues) -- see README
* anonymous ftp has not been tested
* rexec does not honor ~/.netrc. This is a possible issue in
  cygwin's rcmd() implementation.  rexec does honor $REXEC_USER
  and $REXEC_PASS.
* uucpd has not been tested 
* If rlogind is running under xinetd, then 
    'rsh user@host command' and 'rcp ...' 
  fail. They work as expected when rlogind is running under inetd.
  (Reported by Dr. Volker Zell)
* Some issues using (cygwin) telnet client in a DOS box with TERM=
  cygwin, when communicating with a (cygwin) telnetd. Reported
  by Achuth Sankar A.  These issues have to do with extra spaces
  between characters, backspace not working, etc.  Minimal investigation
  shows the problem seems to be in (cygwin) telnetd and not cygwin's
  telnet client.  Both work fine if the telnet client is running in
  an rxvt, xterm, or MinTTY terminal.

People seem to want this, so it's supported -- but I think it's a
bad idea to type your privileged user's passwd on the command line
where it gets saved in /proc/ and ~/.bash_history, but...here's
how to do an "unattended" setup of inetd:

  As Administrator, do
    iu-config -y -w passwd_of_cygserver_account
    iu-config -y --service-account some_account -w passwd_of_some_account

That gets inetd installed and ready to run; you shouldn't need to
answer any additional questions during the configuration process.
On next boot inetd will start automatically (or you can manually
start it with 'cygrunsrv -S inetd').

However..."unattended" only goes so far.  You still have to edit
/etc/inetd.conf to activate the services you want:

  As administrator, do
    chown Administrator /etc/inetd.conf
    <edit inetd.conf>
    chown cyg_server /etc/inetd.conf

AND you need to modify /etc/hosts.allow to allow telnetd connections,
AND you need to modify your Windows Firewall (or ZA, or whatever) to
allow inbound connections on the appropriate port for whatever
services you're turning on...  For more information, see

Charles Wilson
volunteer inetutils maintainer for cygwin


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