Identd Setup

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Identd Setup

Like most people, I prefer to run identd from from inetd instead of as a stand-alone service. For this to work you'll need to install 2 things: xinetd and pidentd. I tried this with oidentd but it doesn't seem to work with the latest xinetd.

1. Install needed software

$ pacman -S xinetd pidentd

2. Next, you'll need to paste the following into a new file and save it as /etc/xinetd.d/auth

  service auth
        flags = REUSE
        socket_type = stream
        wait = no
        user = nobody
        server = /usr/sbin/identd
        server_args = -m -N
        logonfailure += USERID
        disable = no

3. After you've saved the new file, run xinetd with the following command

$ /etc/rc.d/xinetd start

If all went well, you should have the auth service running on port 113. A good way of checking this is by installing nmap (if you don't have it already) and typing nmap localhost