I know that when connected via Telnet, I can hit Ctrl+] to escape. This brings me to the telnet command line interface. How do I get back to my telnet session?

I occasionally hit Ctrl+] by accident and would like to resume my work. I use telnet on all three major machines (MacOS, Windows, & Linux).

Note that I am not trying to quit telnet; I just want to resume my session.

  • It could be a duplicate, but none of the suggested answers seem that simple... May 22, 2015 at 23:33
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    How could anybody think that this question is a duplicate of that one?  They're complete opposites!  One is "How do I do A without doing B?", and the other is "How do I do B without doing A?". Jun 14, 2015 at 5:30

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Just press return, to leave the prompt and go back to your session.

  • Ahhgh! (hits head against screen) So simple! The prompt doesn't redisplay, so it looks like it's hung. But you are absolutely right. I knew there had to be some simple solution. Thanks!
    – SMBiggs
    May 25, 2015 at 14:05
  • It's something that I noticed a while back, when there was less documentation. I can see that it is documented, e.g., Microsoft: To return to the Telnet session, press ENTER. May 25, 2015 at 20:29

Try it, telnet> status or telnet> send escape Then, you can get back to your escaped telnet session.

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