A gopherd for Linux (and possibly others)



tskrtt [-46d] [-t key cert] [-l logfile] [-b rootdir] [-p port]
       [-o outport] [-u user] [-g group] [-h host]
       [-i listen address]
-4		Only listen for IPv4 connections.

-6		Only listen for IPv6 connections.
-c		Chroot to root directory.

-d		Don't fork into background.

-l logfile	Location for an access log file (no default).

-b rootdir	Root directory of served content
		(default: /var/gopher).

-h host		Hostname used in generated content (default: listen
		address or system hostname)

-p port		Port on which the daemon will listen (default: 70).

-o oport	Port shown on generated content (default: same as

-u user		Change to user after startup.

-g group	Change to group after startup.

-i address	Listen for incoming connections on given address
		(default: listen on any address).

-t key cert	Allow connections using TLS using the given key and
		cert (default: only plain text connection).


tskrtt is based on libev event loop (tested with 4.25 and 4.33). For TLS support, LibreSSL libtls or libretls is required.


Build using make. If TLS support is not wanted, edit Makefile.

GPH format

tskrtt supports GPH formatting and should be compatible with that of geomyidae. In addition tskrtt allows for server and/or port not to be defined, in which case server's hostname and port (or 70 if server is defined) are used.

Dynamic content

Executable files ending in .cgi are run and the input is forwarded to client as-is. A well behaving .cgi should output well formed gopher data (for text and menu content), including using CR + LF as line ending and ending transmission with a dot on an otherwise empty line, and take care not to have it anywhere else in the output. Also note that if root is served by a .cgi, and support for gopher+ clients is wanted, then the script needs to talk gopher+ if client so requests.

Executable files ending in .dcgi are similarily run, but they should output GPH formatted text instead, which is parsed by tskrtt before passing on to the client.

Note that while striving to be able to be compatible with HTTP CGI, a major difference is that neither type should print HTTP headers. For example a PHP script should begin with

#!/usr/bin/php-cgi --no-header

to avoid HTTP headers in the output.


tskrtt can chroot to root dir (if built with support, chroot() is not part of POSIX. Note that this has immerse effect on d?cgi, whereas their interpreter / dynamic libraries need to be available inside the chroot.

Reporting bugs

Bugs can be reported to inz@inz.fi via email.