FreeBSD How to restart inetd service / daemon

by on June 10, 2004 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED May 1, 2007

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inetd is referred to as the Internet Super-Server because it manages connections for several services. When a connection is received by inetd, it determines which program the connection is destined for, spawns the particular process and delegates the socket to it. First login as a root user.

FreeBSD version 5.0/6.0 or later

Newer version of FreeBSD has special start, stop, restart script, you can use this script restart inetd:

#/etc/rc.d/inetd restart

Old method (works on all variant of UNIX/Linux/BSD oses)
Once you made changes to inetd (internet super-server)configuration file (/etc/inetd.conf) you can use kill or killall command as follows to restart inetd:

# killall -HUP inetd


# kill -HUP inetd


# kill -HUP `cat /var/run/`

This causes the inetd program to restart and examine its configuration files. This is especially useful if you have changed the configuration settings.

See also:

  • BSD start services article it explains rc.conf and other concepts related to bsd services.
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1 Anonymous September 9, 2004 at 10:54 pm

great!! I did need it!!
I was having problems with FTP with DWW posting to my site ( and I didn’t want restart the server…thanks a lot


2 nixcraft December 10, 2005 at 1:30 am

You can achieve same with following command

# kill -HUP $(cat /var/run/


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