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xinetd cannot find the SYSTEM account on 2000

After spending about four hours trying to get xinetd going (specifically
telnet), I've
run out of ideas. Currently I can run telnet flawlessly with inetd using a
domain account.
I'm not entirely sure what account inetd is using to run because I used the
option which worked flawlessly. The passwd entry was created with mkpasswd
-d -u userid
and again - works flawlessly for inetd.

When I run xinetd as   /usr/sbin/xinetd -d, it tells me it cannot locate
the SYSTEM account.
It also complains that it cannot locate any LOCAL account that I specify.
However, it will
give me a login prompt if I specify the domain ID that I am currently
logged into the system with
- in the /etc/xinetd.d/telnet configuration file.
However it won't authenticate the very same ID when I attempt to connect to
the localhost
via telnet. Tells me the password is invalid. Kill xinetd, and start inetd
again, and telnet
again works flawlessly.

Anybody got a clue what I'm missing here?

Brian Kelly

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