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Basic Unix - Opening a Connection Logging In and Out
This article describes how to open a connection to a shared Unix server.
- Launch a telnet application to open a connection to a Unix server. SSH Secure Shell is a telnet client included in the Connectivity Package for both Windows and Macintosh.
- Note:some of the commands and pictures listed below may vary depending on which telnet application you are using.
- Click on the "File" menu, then select "Open Connection". This will bring up a dialog box.
- In the "Host" field, enter the complete address of the machine you are connecting to.
- Click on the "OK" or "Connect" button to establish your telnet session. A Unix window, sometimes called a "terminal," will appear onyour desktop.
- At this point, you will be prompted to login. At the "Login" prompt, type in your Unix account name and press the Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh) key.
- At the "Password" prompt, type in your Unix password and press the Enter or Return key (for security reasons, your password will not appear on the screen as you type it).
- If you have entered your account name and password correctly, you will generally see a welcome message, followed by a prompt like this one:
TERM = (vt100)
- Unix is asking you to select a terminal type (vt100 and vt220 are two common ones).
Just press the Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh) key to accept the default terminal.
- You may be prompted to read the "system messages." If a message appears, type "y" (or hit the space bar) to read it. (You can also type "n" to skip it, or "q" to postpone reading it until later.)
- You will now see a Unix prompt indicating that Unix is ready to receive a command:
- (This prompt will vary depending on which machine you have logged in to.)
- At the Unix prompt, type:
- To close the telnet application, click on File menu, then select Quit.