Re: [SLUG] Telnet and the Internet

From: Paul M Foster (
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 19:20:09 EST

On Mon, Feb 04, 2002 at 11:24:00PM -0500, Thomas A. Ufer wrote:

> On Mon, 2002-02-04 at 18:07, Paul M Foster wrote:
> > I'm trying to set up internet access from workstations via the server at
> > my office. I'm running into various little problems, but the most odd at
> > the moment is the fact that when I try to telnet into the server from
> > a workstation, it opens a ppp connection and dials the modem.
> >
> > I have pppd set up on the server (bullwinkle) to dial out on demand. It
> > has the proper nameservers in resolv.conf, and it knows the hosts on the
> > network from the hosts file. The host.conf file has the usual parameters
> > to look first at the hosts file and then check the [internet]
> > nameservers. That's the server.
> >
> > On the workstation (calvin), I have the same hosts file, the same
> > resolv.conf, and the same hosts file. route -n reports that bullwinkle
> > is indeed the gateway for the network. However, pinging won't work from
> > calvin, if I ping an internet host, even if the ppp connection is up.
> > But more immediately, telnetting in trips the pppd, causing it to dial
> > out. This doesn't make sense, since I'm telnetting into bullwinkle,
> > bullwinkle has a local IP known to calvin, and there's no reason for
> > bullwinkle to try to look out on the internet when a local machine tries
> > to telnet into him.
> >
> > Anyone have any enlightening info?
> >
> > Paul
> >
> When you try to ping or telnet into the server, have you tried by device
> name and IP address? Sounds like you only try by device name. I am
> curious if it works by typing in the IP address of the device.
> Do you have any DNS settings in either configuration ?

Telnetting by IP gets the same thing, as I recall.


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