On my Raspberry Pi I'm using the 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS from here.

Now I would like to use rinetd on it. Unfortunately the rinetd package is hopelessly outdated and is for example missing IPv6 support. The latest version of rinetd is 0.73 but the Raspberry Pi OS package contains version 0.62 from 2017.

I saw on Launchpad that there seems to be a 0.73 package available for the next Ubuntu.

Can I somehow force the Raspberry Pi to install that package? Since it's a very simple tool with essentially just an executable, a systemd unit file and a manpage I think there is a decent chance that it could run.

As an additional complication, when I try to list the files for the arm64 build on packages I get an HTTP 500. Does that mean the ARM build failed? ARM builds are not properly listed on packages, they are on ports, rinetd is here: http://ports.ubuntu.com/pool/universe/r/rinetd/rinetd_0.73-0.1_arm64.deb

  • Unless the executable has been compiled for ARM its not going to work.
    – Darth Vader
    Commented Oct 15, 2022 at 13:17
  • @DarthVader Yes, Lord Vader, the arm64 package has been compiled for ARM.
    – AndreKR
    Commented Oct 15, 2022 at 14:12

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Build it from the source: https://github.com/samhocevar/rinetd

There are instructions there, but to carry them out you will need a few things:

sudo apt install gcc glibc-devel make

There may be more, but at a glance I don't think it has any dependencies besides libc.

It will probably be installed by default in /usr/local/bin. Check that is in your path: echo $PATH. If not, you should add it in /etc/profile.

It does not come with a service file, so if you want it started at boot you will have to arrange that.

  • Yeah, I did that (automake was required as well) but that's quite a few extra steps to do on every new system where I need rinetd. I want a package specifically to deal with the systemd unit file, otherwise I could just put socat in /etc/rc.local or something like that.
    – AndreKR
    Commented Oct 8, 2022 at 16:37

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