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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.

Logging In

  1. 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.
  2. Note:some of the commands and pictures listed below may vary depending on which telnet application you are using.
  3. Click on the "File" menu, then select "Open Connection". This will bring up a dialog box.
  4. In the "Host" field, enter the complete address of the machine you are connecting to.
    For example:
    foo.uchicago.edu
  5. Click on the "OK" or "Connect" button to establish your telnet session. A Unix window, sometimes called a "terminal," will appear onyour desktop.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.)
  11. You will now see a Unix prompt indicating that Unix is ready to receive a command:
    foo:~>
  12. (This prompt will vary depending on which machine you have logged in to.)

Logging Out

  1. At the Unix prompt, type:
    logout <ENTER>
  2. To close the telnet application, click on File menu, then select Quit.



Keywords:login log in out logout   Doc ID:16183
Owner:Larry T.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-12-08 18:00 CSTUpdated:2015-03-30 05:26 CST
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