WEIRD: telnet

Colin J. Raven colin at
Sun Feb 13 15:04:45 GMT 2005

On Feb 13 at 09:53, Fafa Diliha Romanova ASKED:

> what's with this badly written error message?
> # telnet localhost:61
> localhost:21: hostname nor servname provided, or not known
> have somebody compromised my telnet maybe?

No, the syntax is incorrect

telnet <hostname> [space] port_number
so in this case:
telnet localhost 61

Some tangential observations:
1. Unless you *must* use telnet for some reason, it's a good idea to 
turn it off.
2. Please tell us that - in the example above - you weren't telnet'ing 
as root? I see it was to locahost...but even so that's not a great 

Regards & HTH,
Colin J. Raven
FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE - - There can be only One
Sun Feb 13 16:04:00 CET 2005
4:04PM  up 1 day, 21:19, 9 users, load averages: 0.01, 0.00, 0.00

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