upstart socket activation

Lennart Poettering mzhcfgneg at
Wed Mar 16 22:54:11 UTC 2011

On Wed, 16.03.11 06:13, Clint Byrum (clint at wrote:

> On Wed, 2011-03-16 at 11:17 +0100, Steffen Barszus wrote:
> > I have read about socket activation feature, and i'm quite
> > confused now and would like to have a definitive answer.
> > 
> > Is the socket activation:
> > a) xinetd like: start the provider of the socket, once the socket is
> > accessed ? Anything special done until the provider is available ?
> Yes its like xinetd, though instead of an accepted socket being
> available, you're getting a listening socket with a connection ready to
> accept, so most daemons (no daemons?) won't support this just yet.

BTW, what's the API for this looking like? How are the fd's passed to
the daemon?


Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.

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