Can't start rshd

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Mon Feb 9 06:43:51 PST 2004

Daniela <dgw at> writes:

> I'm having problems starting rshd. I tried it on two different computers (yes, 
> I know about the security risks, but the port is firewalled off).
> I can't use alternatives because some software I'm using depends on it.
> The error is: It terminates with status 1 and sets errno to 38 (ENOTSOCK) 
> = Socket operation on non-socket. It fails on the following function call:
> getpeername(0, (struct sockaddr *)&from, &fromlen)
> I'm no expert, but it looks like this can't work. Is this a bug, or is my 
> installation faulty? BTW, I'm starting rshd with no arguments.

You're not starting it with a socket, like it expects.
Normally, rshd(8) is started from inetd.conf(5).

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