Telnet Server software

Discussion in 'macOS' started by schusteltz, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. schusteltz macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, first-time poster here.

    I want to set up my MacBook so that other people can Telnet into it and post things, read things I post, etc. Something like a BBS (Bulletin board system) but using Telnet. I have been searching for any software that would allow me to set up such a system, but have been unsuccessful. Telnet server software exists for Linux and Windows, apparently, but not for OS X. If anyone has any tips on how to go about doing this I'd really appreciate it.

    I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.5.

    Thanks!
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Ask for what you need. SSH (Secure SHell is an integral part of MacOS X. Think of it as telnet, only secure. What you want is the commandline BBS that will run on the OS. In all probability, the same software used on Linux-based systems can be installed on your Mac. It may already be part of Fink or MacPorts. It would be helpful if you would provide the name of the BBS software.
     
  3. schusteltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying.

    Part of the problem is I don't know exactly what I need. SSH would work in place of telnet of course. Here's what I want to do: have users login to my computer via telnet (or ssh), post something (like write to or create a text file) and logout. Just something simple.

    I will check Fink and MacPorts. I didn't have any specific BBS software in mind. Do you know of any that are beginner-friendly?

    Thanks, again.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It appears that you are asking for software with mutually-exclusive features. It is possible for a commandline BBS to be friendly for novice users, but it is virtually impossible for it to be friendly for novice administrators. Considering the possibilities, it would seem that a Web-based BBS would be your best bet. This BBS uses vBulletin®, which is extremely popular across a broad spectrum of groups. I am a member of quite a few BBSes. Most are based on vBulletin®. The only downside to it is that vBulletin® ain't free. I am also a member of a ProBoards-based BBS. ProBoards is free and includes hosting for your BBS.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You back a read your link. You will see that it is about telneting from a Mac, not telneting into a Mac. The OP asked about doing the latter because he wants to host a BBS on his Mac that users would telnet into. Got it?
     
  6. munkery, Dec 10, 2010
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    munkery macrumors 68020

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    Whoops, Sorry! Maybe this will help. http://www.pure-mac.com/bbs.html

    A combination of Web Sharing (System Preferences/ Sharing/ Web Sharing) with http://www.simplemachines.org/ or http://www.phpbb.com/ may be a solution.

    This also may be helpful. http://macs.about.com/od/networking/qt/websharing.htm
     

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