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       micro-httpd - really small HTTP server


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       micro-httpd is a very small HTTP server all in 150 lines of code. It
       runs from inetd, which means its performance is poor. But for low-
       traffic sites, it is quite adequate. It implements all the basic
       features of an HTTP server, including:

           *  Security against ".." filename snooping.
           *  The common MIME types.
           *  Trailing-slash redirection.
           *  index.html
           *  Directory listings.

       To install it, add a line like this to /etc/inetd.conf:

           micro-http  stream tcp nowait nobody \
              /usr/sbin/micro-httpd micro-httpd dir

       Make sure the path to the executable is correct, and change "dir" to be
       the directory you want to serve. You could add line like this to

           micro-http   port/tcp   #Micro HTTP server

       Change "port" to the port number you want to use: 80, 8000, whatever.
       Restart inetd by sending it a "HUP" signal.

       On some systems, inetd has a maximum spawn rate - if you try to run
       inetd services faster than a certain number of times per minute, it
       assumed there is either a bug of an attack going on and it shuts down
       for a few minutes. If you run into this problem - look for syslog
       messages about too-rapid looping - you will need to find out how to
       increase the limit. Unfortunately this varies from OS to OS. On
       FreeBSD, you add a "-R 10000" flag to inetdā€™s initial command line. On
       some Linux systems, you can set the limit on a per-service basis in
       inetd.conf, by changing "nowait" to "nowait.10000".

       Note that you can use micro-httpd to serve HTTPS, if you like, by
       running it from stunnel. First fetch and install stunnel - FreeBSD
       users can just go to /usr/ports/security/stunnel and do a "make cert ;
       make install". Then as root run:

           stunnel -p /usr/local/certs/stunnel.pem -d 443 -l \
              /usr/sbin/micro-httpd --  micro-httpd dir

       Make sure the paths to the certificate and executable are correct, and
       again don not forget to change "dir" to the directory you want to






       inetd(8) micro-inetd(8) xinetd(8)


       Copyright (C) 1999 Jef Poskanzer <>. All rights

       This manual page was updated by Jari Aalto <>.
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