cidentd 0.2.2 review

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cidentd is (yet another) ident daemon

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 474K
Developer: Trevor Torrez
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cidentd is (yet another) ident daemon. The uniqueness of this implementation is that it allows users to specify thier own ident response without requiring the sysadmin to restart the daemon or recompile it.

Instead of using the user's home directories (which, under normal circumstances cannot be read by the daemon), it uses a shared directory to store the user's files.

The daemon should be safe to run as root as it suspends its privilages until they are needed, and drops them forever at the earliest possibility, but its security has not been extensively tested. See for more information.


The `configure' shell script attempts to guess correct values for various system-dependent variables used during compilation.

It uses those values to create a `Makefile' in each directory of the package. It may also create one or more `.h' files containing system-dependent definitions.

Finally, it creates a shell script `config.status' that you can run in the future to recreate the current configuration, a file `config.cache' that saves the results of its tests to speed up
reconfiguring, and a file `config.log' containing compiler output (useful mainly for debugging `configure').

If you need to do unusual things to compile the package, please try to figure out how `configure' could check whether to do them, and mail diffs or instructions to the address given in the `README' so they can be considered for the next release.

If at some point `config.cache' contains results you don't want to keep, you may remove or edit it.

The file `' is used to create `configure' by a program called `autoconf'. You only need `' if you want to change it or regenerate `configure' using a newer version of `autoconf'.

The simplest way to compile this package is:

1. `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type `./configure' to configure the package for your system.

If you're using `csh' on an old version of System V, you might need to type `sh ./configure' instead to prevent `csh' from trying to execute `configure' itself.

Running `configure' takes awhile. While running, it prints some messages telling which features it is checking for.

2. Type `make' to compile the package.

3. Optionally, type `make check' to run any self-tests that come with the package.

4. Type `make install' to install the programs and any data files and documentation.

5. You can remove the program binaries and object files from the source code directory by typing `make clean'. To also remove the files that `configure' created (so you can compile the package for a different kind of computer), type `make distclean'.

There is also a `make maintainer-clean' target, but that is intended mainly for the package's developers. If you use it, you may have to get all sorts of other programs in order to regenerate files that came with the distribution.

What's New in This Release:


Fixed possible bugs due to incorrect memmory allocations and frees.
Fixed invalid reports when the query references a port pair that is not used.

Feature Additions:

Wrappers for allocating routines that terminate on a failure to allocate.
Kenny Root contributed an RPM spec file. To create an RPM, decompress (but do not untar) the tarball, and "rpmbuild -ti cidentd-.tar".

Miscellaneous code cleanups.
Fixed a couple of misdocumentations in the info page.

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