How do I enable an existing TFTPd within 10.6.6 ?

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Do you need to run it with any special settings? By default, it runs chrooted in /private/tftpboot; if you want anything different in the setup, edit /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist as appropriate. Then, activate it with:

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
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    May need to sudo that.
    – Spiff
    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:30
  • @Spiff: D'oh! Fixed. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:58
  • default's is fine.. my only problem is mbp:~ alexus$ sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist bind(): Address already in use com.apple.tftpd: Already loaded mbp:~ alexus$
    – alexus
    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:32
  • It sounds like it's already activated. Try sudo launchctl list com.apple.tftpd and see if it gives you a differently-formatted dum of the .plist (if it's loaded), or an error message (if it's not loaded). Also, try sudo lsof -i:tftp and see if it shows launchd listening on the tftp port (note that launchd will start tftp when it sees incoming traffic on the tftp port). Feb 26, 2011 at 4:19

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