OK, I've seen alot of examples on how to use php for telnet purposes... some work... and some don't... my main problem is that the php script hangs on any version of fgets() or read() no matter what I tried (obviously I haven't tried the correct way :0). I have read the manual when it comes to sockets and it still doesn't work the way I think it should.
Unlike most of the examples out there I don't want to use PHP to allow the user to telnet into a server. Instead, I want my PHP script to connect to a server, send a preformatted command ( such as 'ls') and record the results, and close the connection. After that, I want to echo the results back to the webpage.
So here is the logic that I've tried:
1. Creating Socket (using socket() or fsockopen())
2. Connecting to Server (using connect())
3. Sending Username (using write() or fputs())
4. Sending Password (using write() or fputs())
5. Sending 'ls' Command (using write() or fputs())
6. Retrieving Directory Listing (using read or fgets())
7. Disconnecting from server (using close() or fclose())
8. Echo directory listing as webpage (using echo())
My ultimate goal is to automate a search feature ('grep') with a simple parameter, and return the results. This would save so much time, as my fellow workers use telnet to grep many different servers to perform advanced tech support by searching logs and perform cable modem provisioning.
Any help would be appreciated.