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  1. #1
    doxenberg NNTP User

    Default VSFTPD - Standalone vs. inetd/xinetd


    Hi,
    In attempting to configure the VSFTPD how do I determine in which mode
    it is running? In other words, I want do identify whether the Daemon is
    running in standalone mode or under inetd so I can set the configuration
    file values properly.
    Also, would someone please elaborate on the advantages or disadvantages
    of using one mode over the other?
    Thanks,
    Dov


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    ken yap NNTP User

    Default Re: VSFTPD - Standalone vs. inetd/xinetd


    Running under xinetd allows you run one process less because xinetd is
    shared among various other small services, at the cost of slightly
    slower startup because vsftpd has to be run on demand. This is fine if
    you only use ftp occasionally. If ftp is a heavily used service then
    running vsftpd standalone is better.


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    Default Re: VSFTPD - Standalone vs. inetd/xinetd

    doxenberg wrote:
    > Hi,
    > In attempting to configure the VSFTPD how do I determine in which mode
    > it is running? In other words, I want do identify whether the Daemon is
    > running in standalone mode or under inetd so I can set the configuration
    > file values properly.


    The configuration file holds the key to this choice.
    If it says:
    listen=YES
    then vsftpd is in daemon mode. Of course there must not be a xinetd file
    in which vsftpd is also enabled.

    > Also, would someone please elaborate on the advantages or disadvantages
    > of using one mode over the other?


    Daemon mode uses marginally more resources, but is faster with higher
    connect loads. Also it lets you start and stop the FTP server without disrupting
    other services.

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    ken yap NNTP User

    Default Re: VSFTPD - Standalone vs. inetd/xinetd


    LittleRedRooster;1918092 Wrote:
    > Daemon mode uses marginally more resources, but is faster with higher
    > connect loads. Also it lets you start and stop the FTP server without
    > disrupting
    > other services.


    I think xinetd has this sorted out. If you send xinetd the appropriate
    signal it doesn't touch services whose configuration hasn't changed. But
    you have to do rcxinetd reload, not rcxinetd restart.


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