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Re: Native Microsoft Telnet Client Blows Past the Password Prompt wrote:

I've looked through the archives and have not seen a write-up on this. I
have the very latest cygwin everything installed on an MS 2000 Server.
TERM=cygwin  is set in the profile. Running the telnetd daemon with
inetutils. I have absolutely no problems connecting to this service with
any client program except the native one that comes with every copy of MS
2000. The native one that comes with every earlier copy of MS Windows - 95,
98, NT4 works just fine. When I use the Native MS 2000 telnet I get the
following output:

CYGWIN_NT-5.0 1.3.22(0.78/3/2) (*******************) (tty2)

login: mylogin

Login incorrect

Essentially, it just blows right past the password prompt without pausing - apparently taking null as the password. This renders the MS 2000 Telnet client completely useless for direct telneting. For most I imagine this not a problem or even annoyance because probably just about every other client in existance works just fine. The problem for me, is that I work for a large organization, and I like the flexibility of being able to plop down at desktop anywhere - more than 5000 desktops - and telnet to any of the servers I manage and run scripts, do diagnosis, etc. On 98% of these machines, MS 2000 telnet client is the ONLY client available, and I do not have the right to install a different one whenever I want one (not to mention the inconvenience even if I could). Currently, I work around this by logging into an AIX box (which has it's own set of telnet-to-cygwin woes) and then from there to my cygwin/MS 2000 boxes.

This is a known issue.  Thus far, no one has been interested enough in
the problem to find workarounds or solutions.  Like you said, it's only
a problem with MS's telnet client so it's quite possibly a bug there.
You might want to bug MS about it.

And since I did mention AIX, if one telnets to a cygwin box from the NATIVE
AIX telnet client, AIX does NOT display anything typed at the command line.
It receives it, and you can get output (after you press enter) and run
commands, etc. But not seeing what you're typing while you're typing it is
QUITE a headache. Now I know AIX is the one of the most reviled and avoided
OS's amongst the open source community. More than once I've encountered not
only disinterest - but almost what could be called PRIDE that this, that or
the other does not run on AIX. Nevertheless, one of the conundrums of my
existance is that AIX is what I am saddled with - not just with my current
employer, but 3 out of the last 5!

Sounds to me like AIX doesn't understand the cygwin terminal type.  Have
you tried moving your cygwin terminal definition over to AIX or switching
your terminal type once you log into the AIX machine?

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