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Re: CUPS, Alpine, and printserving : telnet weirdness



On Mon, 2008-11-03 at 21:05 +0000, Beartooth wrote:
> On Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:01:49 +1030, Tim wrote:
> 	[...]
> >>         I didn't mean to imply that I was going to install
> >> telnet-server.
> > 
> > Actually, you do.  Since without it, there'd be no way to telnet into
> > the box and do that.  It's the telnet server that gives you a command
> > line interface when you telnet into the box.
> 
> 	Then I won't telnet into the box. After all, I never have.
> 
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I fear that you still don't get it.

This is a rather cool blog about 'Trivial uses for Telnet'...
http://evolvedcode.net/content/doc_alttelnet/ 

which talks about how to use telnet client application to connect to a
web server or a pop3 server or an smtp server and talk to the server as
if you were just another application communicating with that server so
you can test things out or just familiarize yourself with the process
itself.

Obviously telnet to the cups port (631) is very much similar as the
others (SMTP/POP3/HTTP) except that like the others, the cups server has
it's own vocabulary.

In essence, every time you open a web browser and tell it to go to a
specific web site, you are doing something similar to opening a
connection to that web site with telnet on port 80 (ignoring of course
the web browser rendering engine, javascript, etc.).

Craig


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