Turn on telnet server on Debian Linux

by on October 16, 2007 · 6 comments· LAST UPDATED October 16, 2007

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Q. How do I install and turn on telnet server on Debian Linux VPS Server?

A. I don't recommend using telnet at all on VPS or any other Linux / UNIX server. Telnet transfers all data including passwords in clear text format. It is recommended that you use ssh which is installed by default.

Use ssh and connect to remote server called boo.myvps.com, enter:
ssh user@boo.myvps.com
ssh root@boo.myvps.com
ssh root@server-ip-address

In case you still need telnet, type the following two commands (not recommended
# apt-get install telnetd
# /etc/init.d/inetd restart
$ telnet server-ip-address

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1 Shailesh Kumar May 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I did the steps given here but the telnet does not seem to be up and running. I am using DSL (Dam Small Linux). It gives me connection refused on the other linux system.

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2 tika October 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

i need to now who to use telnet in debian

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3 yacout March 11, 2010 at 8:03 am

I have not this file

/etc/init.d/inetd

??

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4 matto June 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

try /etc/init.d/openbsd-inetd restart

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5 BOBG January 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

HAY I’M TRYIN TO TURN ON TELNET IN DEBIAN, YOUR INSTRUCTIONS DON’T WORK HOWEVER

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6 Elbaf February 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Do what matto said BOBG , in Debian 5 inetd is openbsd-inetd

hence /etc/init.d/openbsd-inetd restart

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