newbie: rh6.2 telnet performance...

Antony Stace antony at
Mon Aug 20 14:24:48 EST 2001

try adding an entry in the


file for the ip address of the laptop

Jerry Cashman wrote:
> Hi Linux Gods.
> I'm very new to this linux thing, and am trying to learn meself some RedHat.
> (yee haaa)
> I've an old 486/66 (24Mb, 800Mb) which I've got RH 6.2 (server) installed
> on... it's got a valid (private) IP address and a hostname...
> The network is pretty damn simple... a straight (twisted) cable connects the
> linux box and laptop! No hubs, routers, etc etc etc...
> >From my non-linux laptop I can ping and tracert it no problems, and on the
> linux box itself I can log-on locally Ok...
> I can ping from the linux box back to my laptop as well...
> inetd is running as is telnetd and ifconfig tells me that eth0 is UP and
> running...
> Here's the problem... when I try to telnet to the linux box from my laptop,
> I get a very extended (like, several minutes) delay before it replies with a
> login prompt!
> When I start my telnet client is connects straight away, I'm pretty sure the
> linux box knows that there is someone at the door, 'cause it's ancient old
> hard-disk rattles nicely for a second or two as soon as I try to connect...
> When I finally get the login prompt, performance is as good as I would
> expect from a crap old 486...
> Can anyone please suggest where I should start looking??? The delay 'feels'
> like something is timing out somwhere, but I have no idea where to start
> looking!
> Cheers. Jerry.
> Jerry Cashman
> HarvestRoad
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> f: 02 6239-5454
> m: 0402-229-325
> e: jcashman at
> e: jc at

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