Telnet Server installation failed

Ted Hilts thilts33 at
Mon Feb 11 19:35:38 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton

You wrote: "Sigh..."

After all the replies I asked myself why it was not obvious.  The reason 
is that in my wildest dreams if the package was not on the server disk 
then why would it be any where else.  It is obvious now that everyone 
has told me.  In my mind I could not figure out why the client would be 
available but not the server so I assumed this was done on purpose. I 
guess that there are other packages that make use of the client.  But I 
did not know that until recently.  So it now makes sense that the client 
was still required but the Telnet Server was no longer wanted (by 
most).  It's really easy to get confused when everything is new.  I have 
moved from Slackware, to Red Hat, to SuSE, to Debian, and now trying to 
include Ubuntu.  I would never have installed Ubuntu except I had heard 
that Xen worked well on Ubuntu and I needed a pilot project .  However, 
I never got past the TELNET problem and started using Ubuntu with the 
Firefox add-on called SCRAPBOOK.  It worked so well that I retired 
Windows Firefox SCRAPBOX as well as OE (offline explorer) windows 
application that I had been using for years.  At that point I decided to 
install Xen on another machine because I wanted to keep Ubuntu for 
browsing and the Firefox SCRAPBOOK application.

I still have to find the instances of Telnet and associated libraries 
that were created from Debian and get rid of them. And then I need to 
get Telnet Server (Ubuntu) going and then maybe I can ask my question 
about installing Ubuntu Xen on an already running and stable Ubuntu 
distribution.  I don't want to lose all that data collected on Ubuntu 
using the SCRAPBOOK application.

But to answer your question, make your installation more comprehensive 
by putting references to all these repositories in the "sources" file 
but include usage remarks and comment out the references to the 
repositories.  But even then how would one know that the Telnet Server 
was in the Universe repository without examining the repository by 
getting a listing of all its contents. There should be a comment to the 
effect that if a package is not available it might be found in the 
Universe repository. Maybe then there would be fewer newbees like me 
doing dumb things.

Thanks, Ted

Derek Broughton wrote
> Ted Hilts wrote:
>> Steve
>> You wrote: "
>> you need to install telnetd and telnet"
>> I did.  Except I could not find telnetd in the Ubuntu distribution so I
>> used aptitude to get it from the Debian distribution. I installed Ubuntu
>> 7.10 "Gutsy" Desktop from a Ubuntu DVD and could not find telnetd on the
>> Ubuntu 7.10 Server CD.
> Sigh...
> This is not really Ted's problem (except that I'm not sure why people keep
> looking for _other_ sources of packages before searching ubuntu) I'm sure
> he knows by now that he needs to enable the extra repositories, but why is
> it that we have to tell people time after time that they'll need to enable
> universe (or multiverse, or backports...).  There really should be a way
> for the default package managers to make it _obvious_ to new users that
> there are other repositories not enabled by default.
> fyi, there's a fine search utility at
> and please, please, please, don't install Debian packages just because you
> can't find Ubuntu ones.  They're _similar_, not equivalent!

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