what exactly IS portmap? Stripping down a mailserver to its bare minimum
and is a little puzzled about the man description. It contemplates
"programs" as a term in general and is not very specific for someone not
that experienced with the internals of Linux and other OS's.
PORTMAP(8) BSD System Manager's
portmap - DARPA port to RPC program number mapper
portmap [-d] [-v]
Portmap is a server that converts RPC program numbers into DARPA
protocol port numbers. It must be running in
order to make RPC calls.
When an RPC server is started, it will tell portmap what port number
it is listening to, and what RPC program
numbers it is prepared to serve. When a client wishes to make an RPC
call to a given program number, it will
first contact portmap on the server machine to determine the port
number where RPC packets should be sent.
Portmap must be started before any RPC servers are invoked.
Normally portmap forks and dissociates itself from the terminal like
any other daemon. Portmap then logs
errors using syslog(3).
-d (debug) prevents portmap from running as a daemon, and causes
errors and debugging information to be
printed to the standard error output.
-v (verbose) run portmap in verbose mode.
This portmap version is protected by the tcp_wrapper library. You
have to give the clients access to portmap
if they should be allowed to use it. To allow connects from clients
of the .bar.com domain you could use the
following line in /etc/hosts.allow:
You have to use the daemon name portmap for the daemon name (even if
the binary has a different name). For the
client names you can only use the keyword ALL or IP addresses (NOT
host or domain names).
For further information please have a look at the tcpd(8),
hosts_allow(5) and hosts_access(5) manual pages.
inetd.conf(5), rpcinfo(8), pmap_set(8), pmap_dump(8), inetd(8)
tcpd(8) hosts_access(5) hosts_options(5)
If portmap crashes, all servers must be restarted.
The portmap command appeared in 4.3BSD
4.3 Berkeley Distribution March 16,
1991 4.3 Berkeley Distribution
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