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Old 07-17-2007, 10:43 AM   #1
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No Login prompt

I am using linux Redhat 8.0.

Today I am unable to telnet to my
linux server. I get the usual kernal banner but no login prompt.

I can't even telnet to local host (

all i get is:
[root@server root]# telnet localhost
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
Red Hat Linux release 8.0 (Psyche)
Kernel 2.4.18-14 on an i686

It was working fine yesterday.

Someone please help?
Old 07-17-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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Why are you using such an outdated, inherently flawed and insecure, and long-been-replaced program/protocol to log into your server?
Old 07-17-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome to linux questions.

In my experience these sorts of things are because of a badly configured hosts file or messed up dns settings. Check those, others may have other ideas.

Also why telnet? Horribly insecure, ssh is a much much better alternative.

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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No Login Prompt

Hi, Thank you very much for your prompt replies, i have taken on board your comments and setup ssh access.

everything working fine.



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