Running Open Suse 10.0 on a Thinkpad. Sometime in the past it started this
strange behaviour. (This has been happening for at least 6 months, but I
have not take time to pursue it. My logs are not archived back beyond
that.)

In the syslog, very shortly after startup, xinetd repeats reading the same
12 files, repeating about 1000 times.
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/chargen [file=/etc/xinetd.d/leafnode] [line=10]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp [file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp] [line=13]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/cups-lpd [file=/etc/xinetd.d/cups-lpd] [line=14]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/cvs [file=/etc/xinetd.d/cvs] [line=11]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/daytime [file=/etc/xinetd.d/daytime] [line=16]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/daytime-udp [file=/etc/xinetd.d/daytime-udp] [line=13]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/echo [file=/etc/xinetd.d/echo] [line=14]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/echo-udp [file=/etc/xinetd.d/echo-udp] [line=13]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/fam [file=/etc/xinetd.d/fam] [line=14]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/i4l-vbox [file=/etc/xinetd.d/i4l-vbox] [line=16]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/imap [file=/etc/xinetd.d/imap] [line=10]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/leafnode [file=/etc/xinetd.d/leafnode] [line=69]

Then it gives many errors. Does not seem to repeat these, but there are
many hundreds, per perhaps thousands of lines.

Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Protocol tcp not in /etc/protocols
[file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen] [line=9]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Error parsing attribute protocol -
DISABLING SERVICE [file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen] [line=9]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Reading included configuration
file: /etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp [file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp] [line=13]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Protocol udp not in /etc/protocols
[file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp] [line=9]
Sep 9 15:28:47 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Error parsing attribute protocol -
DISABLING SERVICE [file=/etc/xinetd.d/chargen-udp] [line=9]

Then it repeats these "removing" messages (or other removing messages) a
couple of thousands of times.
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing chargen
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing chargen
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing printer
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing cvspserver
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing daytime
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing daytime
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing echo
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing echo
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing fam
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing vboxd
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing pop2
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing pop3
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing pop3s
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing imap
Sep 9 15:28:56 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: removing imaps

Now a bind failure, messages repeat about 1000 times.
Sep 9 15:29:06 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: bind failed (Address already in use
(errno = 98)). service = nntp
Sep 9 15:29:06 kd1yv9 xinetd[6666]: Service nntp failed to start and is
deactivated.

This all happens in about 25 seconds.

There is nothing obvious in the directory /etc/xinetd.d/ . The
file /etc/xinet.d was modified as part of my installation of leafnode. It
includes only a service for nntp, although the following include is
mentioned:
# NOTE #1:
# For this to work, your /etc/xinetd.conf must contain a line
includedir /etc/xinetd.d

I guess that it is likely some small configuration error I have made. Can
anybody point me where to look? Does the PID 6666 have any meaning?

Thanks,

Jim