I'm following instructions about Installing and setting TFTPD in Ubuntu. It asks to

Create /etc/xinetd.d/tftp and put this entry:

service tftp
protocol        = udp
port            = 69
socket_type     = dgram
wait            = yes
user            = nobody
server          = /usr/sbin/in.tftpd
server_args     = /tftpboot
disable         = no

What does it mean to create? Is there any command I need to type? And "put this entry" - it means to type in one line all the lines above? I don't know Linux & I need your help please.


You need to create a (text) file with the given path (/etc/xinetd.d/tftp).

To do so:

  1. Press Alt + F2 to open the Run Application dialog
  2. Type gksu gedit /etc/xinetd.d/tftp and click on Run
  3. Now type your password and the text editor gedit should start, with the new (empty) file already opened
  4. Finally, copy and paste the lines from the guide to the new file and save it

You need to create a file at location /etc/xinetd.d/tftp and insert text into that file.

gksudo gedit /etc/xinetd.d/tftp

would open gedit. Enter text and save file.

  • gedit is for editing an existing file- how do i create new file? – Shira Feb 27 '11 at 11:14
  • Hi - i've tried it- & got an error message- "couldn't find the file /etc/xinetd.d/tftp please check that you typed the location correctly and try again"- what do i need to do? – Shira Feb 27 '11 at 11:29


sudo nano /etc/xinetd.d/tftp

in terminal to edit that file. nano will automatically create that file, or open previous version of it already exists. You have to enter your password when sudo asks it, with something like

[sudo] password for :

After nano opens, you can paste or write the contents of the file.

You can exit nano (very simple text editor) by pressing ctrlx. It'll then ask whether you want to save, press Y to save (or N to discard your changes).

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