Instructions for Mac OS X and BSD

After fighting a bit with Mac os X to get the ssh tunnel working, I learned that on many BSD systems, you have to add the line:

           groups          = yes

to the smtp xinetd config file for it to work. You might want to add that info to your page. Except for some of the paths being different, it just works. Here it is:

service smtp
        disable         = no
        socket_type     = stream
        protocol        = tcp
        wait            = no
        user            = root
        server          = /usr/bin/ssh
        server_args     = -q -T -i /var/root/.ssh/smtpkey
        groups          = yes
        bind            =

I think the official way to make xinetd read the config files is to send it the HUP signal, e.g.

   'killall -HUP xinetd'