On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 02:59:54PM -0800, Nathan Kinkade wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 10:34:53PM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 01:55:12PM -0800, Nathan Kinkade wrote:
> > > On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 07:47:16PM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> > 
> > > > Interesting.  The source code seems pretty clear in that it only looks
> > > > at the 'im' property:
> > 
> > > > Looks like it's time to send-pr.
> > 
> > > Thanks Matthew.  I did a bit of searching and couldn't find this problem
> > > mentioned anywhere else.  I have submitted a PR with id "docs/48018".
> > 
> > Ah.  Beat me to it.  I'm just working up a patch to telnetd to make it
> > work the way the manual says.  Just testing now before I submit it.
> > 
> Oh no, I didn't submit a patch!  I just pointed to issue out, suggesting
> that someone may like to remove the incorrect text from the telnetd(8)
> manpage, or possibly update the telnetd sources to match the manpage.
> By all means, please do submit a patch!  I do a good bit of work with
> PHP, but I've never programmed with C, so I didn't even think about
> trying to patch.  Thanks for all of your help on this issue.  This was
> the first PR that I have ever submitted, maybe I shouldn't have
> submitted the PR at all if I didn't have the capability to fix the
> problem.  Is there any way that you can send in a patch relating to the
> PR that I already submitted.

Hmmm... Having spent some time looking at this over the weekend, I've
come to the conclusion that adding support for having telnetd display
the /etc/issue file before prompting for a login is impractical when
combined with the SRA encryption used in FreeBSDs standard telnet
setup.  It's certainly beyond my extremely rusty C programming skills.

Furthermore, the display of the IM gettytab property is somewhat
dubious as well:

Consider this entry in the standard /etc/gettytab:

            :cb:ce:ck:lc:fd#1000:im=\r\n%s/%m (%h) (%t)\r\n\r\n:sp#1200:\

which means you should see a banner like:

    FreeBSD/i386 (hostname.example.com) (ttyp0)

when you attempt to log in either via telnet or on the console.
However, it's conspicuously absent *before* the login prompt in a
FreeBSD to FreeBSD telnet sesssion:

    % telnet localhost
    Connected to localhost.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    Trying SRA secure login:
    User (matthew): 
    [ SRA accepts you ]

    FreeBSD/i386 (happy-idiot-talk.infracaninophi) (ttyp4)

Those 'User' and 'Password' prompts originate from the client machine,
and occur as a necessary pre-requisite before the encrypted channel
between the client and server can be set up.  So you've got to log in
before you can see any pre-login messages.

I'm not sure what would appear given an older telnet client that
doesn't support encryption, not having any older telnet clients around
to test with.



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