a normal telnet connection is like this:

telnet localhost 22
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
telnet> close
Connection closed.

I want to close it from telnet session itself without coming to telnet prompt by pressing. My requirement is that if i press some control character from telnet session itself like CTRL+A so it will come out of session and close it automatically. something like this:

$ telnet localhost 22
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed.

I tried all the options given at the man page and tried to do some $HOME/.telnetrc file tests but couldn't achieve it, as telnetrc will execute all the commands written in it with the given host whenever a telnet to that host is done.

Can anyone help me in this, like how it can be achieved.

  • it's so complicated..why you not use "exit"???its...more easy.. – klox Jun 28 '10 at 6:58
  • for using exit also i need to come to telnet prompt first. right. while my requirement is to close the connection pr exit it from session mode without coming to telnet prompt(i.e. for coming to telnet prompt i need to first send escape character and then i can do close or exit). – Kumar Alok Jun 28 '10 at 8:04
  • @ Paul : I don't get you. can you please tell me where can i find the solution. – Kumar Alok Jun 28 '10 at 8:33
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    Can you explain why one would want this? Telnet is just a client program to connect to some arbitrary service on some machine. If you use port 23 you connect to the telnet service and can terminate your login with exit, but this is a shell command, not a telnet command. You have to go to the telnet prompt to terminate a connection if the service you connected to doesn't offer a command to terminate the connection. If you want to login to a remote machine via ssh use the ssh command, not telnet (unless you want to do manual encryption). – Benjamin Bannier Jun 29 '10 at 2:44

No, the telnet client (I'm guessing you are asking about the Linux one) only supports one escape character, Ctrl] (^]).

If you are just using telnet to make arbitrary TCP connections, consider using netcat or socat instead; these can be interrupted by simply pressing CtrlC.

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    For followers, you hold down ctrl, then hit the "right bracket" key, then hit enter. It will respond with a prompt like telnet> and you can type in quit and hit enter to exit your session. Phew! – rogerdpack Jun 2 '15 at 23:38
  • @rogerdpack Thanks. That's way to exit on OSX. – chhantyal Dec 28 '15 at 11:21
  • What if I'm using a locale where they keyboard layout has the right bracket under alt-<some other key>? ctrl-alt-<the other key> isn't working. – user628418 Apr 29 '19 at 9:11
  • Then you switch the keyboard layout, or use an on-screen keyboard... – user1686 Apr 29 '19 at 10:07

What about the good old CTRL+D, aka EOF?

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    it would work only if it is handled on the server side of session. Which is not true in general (and also not true in mentioned 22 port ssh connection). – Andrey Regentov May 13 '14 at 3:16

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