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4.2. Service Initialization

4.2.1. xinetd

Xinetd is a daemon used to start network services on demand. The changes in xinetd are related to the allowed limit of open file descriptors:
  • The listening mechanism has changed from select() to poll(). With this change, the limit of open file descriptors used by xinetd can be changed.
  • File descriptor limit can also now be changed on a per-service basis. This can be done in the configuration file for the service using the rlimit_files directive. The value can be a positive integer or UNLIMITED.