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ptty assignment to specific ip addresses

Posted on 2002-03-19
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I have a site that are moving (slowly) from serial to IP
They all user the same username to login (accounting software - cobol - not my choice).
The software uses a script to assign a terminal number based on the line eg tty1a1 = terminal 1 ptty2 = terminal 7 etc etc.

My problem.
Now they are moving to ip the user will get a random ptty session and the terminal number changes. the stupid accounting program uses terminal numbers to identify such things as print jobs.

Can you make a user on a fixed ip address get a specifc ptty session ?  eg 198.168.1.1 get ptty0 and or ptty1 etc etc
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Not if the users will be connecting from workstations with, say telnet. Typically the ptys will be associated with IP's in the order that the connections are made. And if a user that used pty5 for one session logged out, say to go to lunch, they aren't likley to get that same pty when they return from luch if others have logged in during the interium.

I'd think that the way to solve the problem would be to run a script at logon that associates a 'terminal number' based on the IP that connects. Then modify the application to look at a file containing the 'terminal numbers' for the purposes the tty device was used before.
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The application (cobol) already runs a script that checks the tty# and sets the terminal number.
Mutter, I can change the script but... hopefully the cobol ppl won't overwrite it again. Just thought if there was any op sys method to detect ip and etc etc but if the script is the only way to go then I will re open my scipting book ;-)
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I thoght I remembed someone having asked about a similar problem in the past. I found the reference and while it's not exactly the same problem it's close enough. The answer in that case turns out to be the same as here. Basically, if you need to associate an IP with some unique identifier for a legacy program to use it'll have to be done after the user has logged in by a script or program.
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Ill accept the first script answer ;-)
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