6.31. Inetutils-1.4.2

The Inetutils package contains programs for basic networking.

Approximate build time: 0.2 SBU
Required disk space: 8.7 MB
Installation depends on: Bash, Binutils, Coreutils, Diffutils, GCC, Glibc, Grep, Make, Ncurses, and Sed

6.31.1. Installation of Inetutils

Inetutils has issues with the Linux 2.6 kernel series. Fix these issues by applying the following patch:

patch -Np1 -i ../inetutils-1.4.2-kernel_headers-1.patch

All programs that come with Inetutils will not be installed. However, the Inetutils build system will insist on installing all the man pages anyway. The following patch will correct this situation:

patch -Np1 -i ../inetutils-1.4.2-no_server_man_pages-1.patch

Prepare Inetutils for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --libexecdir=/usr/sbin \
    --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var \
    --disable-logger --disable-syslogd \
    --disable-whois --disable-servers

The meaning of the configure options:


This option prevents Inetutils from installing the logger program, which is used by scripts to pass messages to the System Log Daemon. Do not install it because Util-linux installs a better version later.


This option prevents Inetutils from installing the System Log Daemon, which is installed with the Sysklogd package.


This option disables the building of the Inetutils whois client, which is out of date. Instructions for a better whois client are in the BLFS book.


This disables the installation of the various network servers included as part of the Inetutils package. These servers are deemed not appropriate in a basic LFS system. Some are insecure by nature and are only considered safe on trusted networks. More information can be found at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/basicnet/inetutils.html. Note that better replacements are available for many of these servers.

Compile the package:


Install the package:

make install

Move the ping program to its FHS-compliant place:

mv -v /usr/bin/ping /bin

6.31.2. Contents of Inetutils

Installed programs: ftp, ping, rcp, rlogin, rsh, talk, telnet, and tftp

Short Descriptions


Is the file transfer protocol program


Sends echo-request packets and reports how long the replies take


Performs remote file copy


Performs remote login


Runs a remote shell


Is used to chat with another user


An interface to the TELNET protocol


A trivial file transfer program