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My system is Ubuntu 11

Before I typed "telnet localhost" or "telnet localhost 23". I have make this work below:

$sudo apt-get install xinetd
$vim /etc/xinetd.conf

  instances = 60  
  log_type = SYSLOG authpriv  
  log_on_success = HOST PID  
  log_on_failure = HOST 
  cps = 25 30
includedir /etc/xinetd.d

$vim /etc/xinetd.d/telnet

service telnet
disable = no
flags = REUSE
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/sbin/in.telnetd
log_on_failure += USERID}

 $sudo /etc/init.d/xinetd restart

then I type

telnet localhost

~$ telnet localhost
Trying ::1...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused
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First of all, don't use telnet. (Use ssh.)

Second, xinetd is very picky about its configuration files. It's likely that it chokes on log_on_failure += USERID} – the closing brace must be on a line of its own. It could also be that xinetd doesn't enable the service because you don't have a /usr/sbin/in.telnetd installed. Check /var/log/syslog for any xinetd-related error messages.

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+1, Agreed. Do not use telnet. –  Kyle Smith Jul 3 '11 at 13:58
Another +1 from me –  Linker3000 Jul 3 '11 at 15:41
Sometimes telnet is unavoidable or the correct tool. For example, many mail web-interfaces talk to the mail server and related databii over telnet, and simple debugging of mail issues is more difficult or impossible over ssh. –  SamGoody Jul 10 '13 at 8:46
@SamGoody: They talk to the mail server over TCP, and the protocols happen to be text-only and thus easily usable over a telnet client. They do not connect to a telnet daemon, however, which is what OP is trying to set up. (What on earth is 'databii'?) –  grawity Jul 10 '13 at 8:58
@grawity - thanks, I just learned (technically: learnt) something new. Ten years ago, when I began programming [dinosaur alert], a language fanatic convinced me that the plural of database is databi. Of course, there are plenty of other options: ign.com/boards/threads/whats-the-plural-of-database.250263721 :) –  SamGoody Jul 10 '13 at 11:16

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