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It's FTP Access, of course
Authored by: Paul Burney on Jan 25, '02 11:25:19AM

The problem is related to the "Allow FTP Access" checkbox. When it is checked, the standard FTP server is enabled (this is done through the inetd.conf file). A line like the following is uncommented (or perhaps created, if you have a blank inetd.conf file):

ftp stream tcp nowait root /usr/libexec/tcpd ftpd -l

Probably after closing the control panel, the system performs a kill -HUP of the inetd process.

On launch, the system prefs looks for the file so it can check the current setting and change if necessary.

The lesson here: Don't mess with the files in /etc unless you really know what you're doing. :-)

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