I have Linux 9 and telnet to the server is not  working . But ftp to the server is working

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have Linux 9 and telnet to the server is not  working . But ftp to the server is working
Question by:Roshanw4

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    Can some body help me
    This is bit urgent ???????????????????????????????
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    Maybe you haven't started the telnet daemon on your server? A good tip, don't use telnet, as passwords are sent to the server in cleartext. use SSH instead. Also here you would have to make sure the daemon is running. On normal distros you start it with /etc/init.d/sshd start.

    With linux 9 do you mean mandrake 9? Or Red-Hat 9.0? Or SuSE 9.0?
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    Telnet is disbabled by defualt in xinetd based Linux distros. For example on a Redhat 9 box you will need to edit the following file:


    and comment out the disbale line. After editing and saving the file you will need to restart xinetd. As mentioned above SSH is the nest route to go as Telnet trasmits usernames and passwords in plain text making user info very easily sniffable.

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    I should also mention that if the telnet file does not exist in /etc/xinetd.d directory the you have not even installed telnet. SSH is the best solution. Hope this helps.

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      For RedHat Linux 9, login as root
    # service xinetd restart
    # chkconfig telent on
    Then you should be able to telnet into this RH9 box.

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    hi Roshanw4
              u just type setup on your console

      in services just make sure that u have telnet on

       u can use chkconfig to make telnet service on !


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