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I'm trying to enable the talkd on an ubuntu server (11.04).

In my inetd.conf, I put:

#:BSD: Shell, login, exec and talk are BSD protocols.
talk        dgram   udp wait    root    /usr/sbin/in.talkd  in.talkd
ntalk       dgram   udp wait    root    /usr/sbin/in.ntalkd in.ntalkd

then restarted inetd, but still no talk server running.

Any ideas what I'm missing?

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Those processes will not get spawned until someone connects to the talkd service.

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Firing up talk just seems to complain about not talk daemon available. So I don't think it's firing up. I can't believe it's this difficult to get talk up and running, AFAIR this was a basic linux/unix service :-/ - Or maybe I'm missing something? – Mike Nov 23 '11 at 23:10

Have you installed the talkd package (apt-get install talkd or your preferred equivalent package management tool)?

All the details in ined.conf do is tell the multi-service daemon to use the program if installed.

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Yeah, double checked, it said it's already installed and up to date. – Mike Nov 17 '11 at 16:37

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