Subject: Re: 16zl: rcmd: poll: protocol failure in circuit setup
To: John Refling <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/26/2004 21:21:27
On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 01:22:46PM -0700, John Refling wrote:
>   I have a script that does a lot of rsh commands from a
> sparc classic to a dell pentium.  After about 20, I get the
> following on the sparc:
> rcmd: poll: protocol failure in circuit setup
> and the i386 stops accepting rsh/rcmd connections:
> sparc# rcmd i386 ls
> i386: Connection refused
> A reboot of the i386 is needed!

I suspect /etc/rc.d/inetd restart would be enouth
Or waiting a bit.

> Both are running 16zl.
> Any ideas?  I only saw a few references to this 5 years ago.

check inetd.conf(5), especially the optionnal 'max' parameter.
You probably need to specify a highter value here than the default value,
which is 40.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference