I wonder why inetd fell out of favor in the UNIX realm. Being able to write a network service using just stdin and stdout is very comfy.
@moody as I recall it didn't keep up with scale due to process launch overhead, which was quite bad on busy websites running Apache 1. Once the tuning guides said to use what became the apache pre-fork model it was the beginning of the end.
And then a few security incidents and the fact that keeping idle telnet, ftp, and finger daemons running was no longer a significant resource drain sealed the deal.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko