("Peter's Ident Daemon" or is it "Portable Ident Daemon"?)

Peter Eriksson <>
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This program is released into the public domain and can be used by anyone who wants to. Vendors may include it into their distributions if they want to without any restrictions. (Although it would be nice to be notified by email if someone decides to do that, and/or a note somewhere about who wrote this program. Like in the man-page or so.. :-)


This is a program that implements the RFC1413 identification server. It was very much inspired by Dan Bernstein's original 'authd' (but unlike that program doesn't use 'netstat' to get some of the information) It uses the kernel information directly. (And is due to that fact a lot faster). Dan has now written another version of the 'authd' daemon that uses his 'kstuff' to read the kernel information. Unlike that daemon, this will use only normally available kernel access functions (and is due to that more limited in the different machines it support). Please note that this daemon used to be called pauthd but has changed name to better reflect what it does (and to conform to the new RFC).


The main FTP site for Pidentd is:


If you intend to create or modify daemons that use the IDENT protocol then you may wish to get the "libident" library that contains some functions to implement the client side of this protocol. It is available as "libident-*.tar.gz" in:


There is a mailing list for users of the IDENT(RFC1413) protocol called that you may want to consider joining. Send mail to the address to join it. This list is intended for generic discussions on using this protocol and it's associated tools.

If you only want to receive news about new (non-alpha/beta) releases of Pidentd then you can join the mailing list. Send mail to the address to join it. No discussions will take place on this list.

I also run a small mailing list for people who wants to act as testers and/or developers of new alpha/beta-versions of Pidentd. If you wish to join, please send mail to the address . (I can always use more testers, so don't hesitate :-)