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1. A program which provides some service to other (client)
programs. The connection between client and server is
normally by means of message passing, often over a network,
and uses some protocol to encode the client's requests and
the server's responses. The server may run continuously (as a
daemon), waiting for requests to arrive or it may be invoked
by some higher level daemon which controls a number of
specific servers (inetd on Unix). There are many servers
associated with the Internet, such as those for Network FileSystem, Network Information Service (NIS), Domain NameSystem (DNS), FTP, news, finger, Network TimeProtocol. On Unix, a long list can be found in /etc/services
or in the NIS database "services". See client-server.