[sle-beta] xinetd question

Vincent Moutoussamy vmoutoussamy at suse.com
Thu Nov 9 03:02:15 MST 2017

> On 7 Nov 2017, at 10:35, Joe Doupnik <jrd at netlab1.net> wrote:

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>     While chasing down the details of this one may ask about how this works if one had to create a new service. In that chase one comes across a reference to man page  systemd.service(7)  which seems to be a key item. Alas, if one tries to read it we quickly discover the authors don't understand reading, only writing beyond the right margin, and we are left almost stranded. Try   man 7 systemd.service   to check this yourself. Similarly, discovering what "services" are on offer is carefully hidden from the view of mere mortals, so YaST is our easiest source of clues. Methinks we need a Siri module/oracle to ask about serious matters.
>     We are also left wondering about the IP access controls in xinetd items. They appear to be omitted in the systemd jungle (meaning scattered widely, obscured visibility, torturous terrain). That means we must revert to direct control in IPtables, which we can do.
>     This seems to be another instance of missing the goal of usability. Curiously, SUSE has done a sterling job (quality and cost) about usability with YaST and module installation, first rate, far beyond efforts by other vendors, and that counts. Yet there is a lack of suitable documentation to readily surmount present difficulties (see yesterday's "bridge over troubled waters"). I think there needs to be more bridge building, else we will be stranded on the far side searching for alternatives.
>     Thanks,
>     Joe D.

There is a bug report related to man pages: https://bugzilla.suse.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1066980 <https://bugzilla.suse.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1066980>
but it’s related to formatting issue.

So if you find some missing pieces in the manpages, please create a dedicated bug report
and specify what you think can help you or other.

Of course documentations and manpages are really important for us, and your input
can help us improve here.

Have a nice day,
Vincent Moutoussamy
SUSE Beta Program and SDK Project Manager
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