Running Small Servers Optimally with Super Servers

Many servers typically run from SysV startup scripts, but this isn't the only way to launch servers. One common alternative is to use a super server, which is a server that launches other servers on request. This approach has certain advantages over launching servers from SysV startup scripts (or from other types of startup script), but it's not without its problems, either. Two super servers are common in Linux: inetd and xinetd. Ordinarily, Debian, Slackware, and SuSE all use inetd, whereas Mandrake and Red Hat use xinetd; but you can change the super server a distribution uses if you want to do so.

Note Super servers are themselves servers, and they are generally launched from SysV startup scripts.

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