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Telnet to a SnapGear running Linux and Reboot it

Posted on 2008-06-09
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I have a snapgear which is basically a firewall/vpn piece of equipment and I need to reboot it every so often as it likes to freeze up.

I can telnet into it or I can use the web interface. I think the easiest way would be to telnet, but I need a way to automate this.

I need to login, enter my username and password, send the "reboot" command and exit.

How do I do this as a scheduled task or as a pre-scripted file (preferably without having to buy software of search through crappy freeware sites looking for a program to install)?
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by:mikelfritz
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Well, since nobody answered, I give it a go.

I think you'll need either a scriptable telnet client (Powerterm does it) or use expect.  The problem with expect is that it can be difficult to make to behave (or even work) on windows, works like a champ on all of the Unix(en).

http://expect.nist.gov/
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I ended up just installing AutoHotkey http://www.download.com/AutoHotkey/3000-2084_4-10279446.html?cdlPid=10819446 on one of my servers and having it run a macro to do the job. Thanks for the reply though, I thought I was alone in the universe there for a while!!
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by:TTCLIVE
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Oh yeah, I tried Expect before I posted and you're right, it's a pain to get working right on windows!! Matter of fact, I couldn't get it running so I ended up posting here!
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