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Installing Telnet Daemon on Ubuntu

There are times when you need to provide telnet access to your server. And before anyone jumps at that statement and say, "ssh can do anything telnet could do in addition to better security". I am going to say, "Not everything, ssh can't provide access for my old Apple PowerBook 1400cs running Mac OS 8 with outdated ssh client. Plus, the security risk is irrelevent because my home network is behind a firewall with telnet port blocked. The only people on my home network is my wife and I."

Now that we have telnet vs. ssh out of the way, lets talk about how to install the Telnet daemon. It's a really easy two step process. You will need sudo permission for both steps. I've done it on my Xubuntu installation, but I am sure it will work on ubuntu as well.

The first step is to install the telnet daemon. Type the following command to do so:

sudo apt-get install telnetd

Now, you need to install the Internet Superserver, which will start up the telnet daemon. Type the following command:

sudo apt-get install netkit-inetd

Once the Internet Superserver is intalled, it will automatically start itself and loading the telnet daemon in the process. If you install telnet daemon after installing the Internet Superserver, you'll have to restart the Internet Superserver manually to get the telnet daemon to start. After performing these two steps, you can telnet into your server using any ancient equipment that has telnet.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 08 Jun 2007 14:29:14 -0700

yes, i like this article this help me alot

Yogendra Singh
Mon, 11 Feb 2008 14:01:55 +0000

sudo apt-get install netkit-inetd
Package is not INstalled,

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:59:35 +0000

Telnet Daemon *is* relevant, at least till iPhone gets a free ssh client; of course one can lock port 23 to only be visible to the phone.

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 17:37:59 +0000

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