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Starting and Terminating Telnet

You can start Telnet by double-clicking on the Telnet icon in the ProNFS Programs' folder:

The Telnet Connect Host dialog box will appear on your display:

A session is a connection to a remote machine made with a number of connection-specific settings assigned to it. These settings are saved in an ini-file and profiles and allow you to have different preferences for different hosts (using different ini-files and profiles).

All Telnet session settings are stored in the [TELNET] section of the xwp.ini file.

Also you can specify some initial settings for the session with the Details button (that is described in section Details of a Session).

The first thing you should do to initiate a session is to establish a connection to a remote machine. In the dialog, you must specify the hostname or IP address and the port number of the service.

Pressing OK will store current settings (for the next session) and will establish a connection, using them.

You can cancel any changes you have made to the dialog box by clicking on Cancel. This will also close the dialog.


This button specifies whether to use the standard TELNET protocol over an insecure channel to provide an interface for communications between clients and servers. In the Telnet mode mode, Telnet works as the Telnet client on your PC.

Note: a Telnet session is not encrypted; so it will transmit your user name, password and other sensitive or private information in an easily readable format.


This field specifies a hostname or IP address (network node specification) for the remote machine you want to connect to (and which provides the Telnet service).

When you click on the scroll arrow beside the Host box, a drop-down box will display host definitions located in your hosts file. To select a host, click on an appropriate definition.


This field specifies the port number of the Telnet service on the remote machine you want to connect to.

The default port number of the Telnet service is decimal 23.

Starting a Telnet Session

To establish Telnet connection, enter the network name or IP address for the host you want to connect to, change the default Telnet port number if required, and press OK. Telnet connects and logs into the specified hostname.

Once you have connected to the host, the host name or IP address you specified appears at the top of the Telnet window (with the terminal emulation mode), and the host login prompt appears in the window:

You must prove your identity to the remote machine using some authentication method (e.g., password authentication). Specify the login information required for your host system. You can then interact with the host by choosing commands from displayed menus, or by typing commands in the window and starting remote applications.

You can customize your Telnet session with the Settings and/or Keyboard Mapping items in the Options menu (described below).

The following sequence of commands can be used as an example of working in the Telnet session (depends on the remote shell used):

login: arsexam
$ DISPLAY=xtp2:0;  export DISPLAY;
$ xterm&
$ mwm&

To capture the screen output of Telnet commands to a file, Telnet writes the log to the telnet.out file in the home directory (in case of fatal errors or due to the 'trace' command line parameter).

Terminating a Session

You can terminate a Telnet session by choosing the Close command on the Control Menu box, or by selecting Exit on the Telnet Commands menu.

If you select Exit while a connection to a remote system is still active, Telnet disconnects you from the remote system automatically (properly closing all applications used).

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