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Re: Many ports open by default

On Mon, Apr 30, 2001 at 07:37:21AM -0500, Warren A. Layton wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2001 at 02:25:34AM -0400, Andres Salomon wrote:
> > Why would you keep something around if you don't want to run it?  Debian
> > makes the (correct) assumption that if you've installed something, you
> > want to run it.  If i install bind, it will assume i want it to run. 
> Well, not everyone that installs ssh wants to run the server (some may just
> want to use the client to connect to other machines). This is just one
> example; I'm sure that there are many more.

And, indeed, there's a debconf question for this very reason. OTOH, anyone
who wants to use telnet, but not telnetd, can just install the telnet.deb,
but not the telnetd.deb.

In general, services get their own package, and when they do, if you
don't want them running: don't install them.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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