how do I email notification if telnet session fails to open

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-03-05
How can I call an email subroutine if a telnet session fails to open (device may be out of service)?

I use this syntax to open a telnet session, but need to be notified if it fails via email.

Question by:lormand
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wilcoxon earned 300 total points
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Which module are you using to handle the telnet?

I would guess you could do this:

$telnet->open($IP) or &mail_me;

Then define sub mail_me to be whatever you want.

I can't verify that the above will work without knowing what module/code you are using for Telnet.

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ID: 8226221
Thanks for the response.  I'll include the modules I use in future queries.

I am using Net::Telnet.

I tried the above "$telnet->open($IP) or &mail_me" prior to this query and it did not work.

I get a "pattern match timed-out"
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It looks like what you need to do is this (from perldoc Net::FTP)...


Put the above before your call to $telnet->open.  If you want to restore the default handling after calling open, then call $telnet->errmode('die').

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This works great!  Much appreciated.  I have a better understanding of Errmode now.

I tried it without the \ before the &mail_me.  I am developing on a win32 platform, is the backslash for UNIX?

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Don't think so.  I'm pretty sure the \& says to pass a code ref to errmode.  However, if errmode has a prototype or something it might be auto-interpreting it as a code-ref without the \.

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I tested it on a running device which accepts a telnet connection but it still emails the notification using the following syntax.

  use Net::Telnet;
  use Socket;
  $telnet = new Net::Telnet ( Timeout=>3);
  $telnet->errmode(mail($script = "Error opening   connection to $IP"));


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