Runlevel Configuration in g-s-t

Rob Willenberg rob at
Sun Sep 19 01:48:56 UTC 2004

On Sun, 2004-09-19 at 10:52 +1000, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> <quote who="John">
> > "no listening ports" is not the same thing as not installed. Postfix is 
> > installed but not listening to the outside.
> Sure. The correct default for our desktop install is "not installed". But
> it's there on the CD so you can get it immediately.
> > 111/tcp open  rpcbind
> portmap has to have an open port (necessary for fam), but it doesn't
> actually accept any connections (thanks to tcpwrappers). This will not be
> required in our next release, as we will be replacing fam.
> > 68/udp  open  dhcpclient
> > 111/udp open  rpcbind
> dhcpclient listens (potentially temporarily, we're looking at that) to get
> dhcp addresses from the server. Necessary.
> - Jeff
> -- 
> Ooh, ooh, ooh!                  Ubuntu!

For a desktop system this shouldn't even be an issue. There's simply no
need for sshd to be installed by default, as there's no need to install
any services that allow incoming connections to be actively made. These
services are trivial enough to install and run for the type of user that
I think needs them.


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