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This is an ancient post with no relevance to modern systems.
The desire to do this DOES pop up now and then on the web, but so far I've seen no answer for Linux (other than portservers, see below). If you know of anything, do let me know.
Conceptually, it shouldn't be hard: just attach to the desired tty. But I haven't seen anything that does this.
I'm going to bump this post to make it new in hopes of someone adding something useful.
A new "recon" command in OpenServer 5.0.6 allows this. See man recon+C
The new "recon" in 5.0.6 does allow you to specify at tty device- as long as something else isn't already using it. I'm not sure that's partucularly useful though.
recon -l -p /dev/ttyp43 /bin/sh
will attach you to ttyp43 if it's available. You'll execute .profile again (recon is smart enough not to run again if you had it in your .profile) and although "tty" now reports ttyp43, "who" still shows whatever you got originally.
You can also do this with terminal servers; see for example /Reviews/portserver.html
Bob Rasmussen of Anzio posted this in comp.unix.sco.misc:
On Tue, 15 Jan 2002, Joe wrote: > Is there anyway to make sure a telnet client always gets the same TTY > assignment when logging into a UNIX host? We have an application that > assigns printers to hosts based on their TTY assignment. This is fine with > terminals, but now we have PC's in place of terminals using TELNET, its > giving the telnet sessions the next available TTY, thus screwing up printer > issues. I don't know of a way to to make sure a particular telnet client always gets the same TTY device. But there are other ways to solve your problem. Here are some possibilities to consider, dependent of course on the capabilities of your telnet client. Keep in mind that in some cases you may want to have multiple telnet sessions coming from one PC, and that may affect your choice of methods. In no particular order: 1) ANSWERBACK: Most terminal models allow an answerback string to be programmed in. The server can then query for this string. An advantage of this approach is that it will work with dumb terminals as well as emulators. 2) ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES: An element of the telnet protocol (and also the SSH protocol) is the passing of environment variables. You would configure your telnet client with, for instance, "PRINTER=PRT25". This would get passed to the shell session at login. Note that some telnet daemons disallow most environment variables, except TERM, DISPLAY, and possibly PRINTER. I'm not sure about SCO's approach here. 3) CREATIVE USE OF TERM: Because of restrictions just mentioned, some folks have forced their telnet clients to send a terminal-type environment variable containing both the terminal type info and also a location code. For instance, "TERM=scoansi:PRT25". The .profile or other shell script then parses this, resets the TERM variable, and also sets a location or printer variable. 4) IP ADDRESS: If your client PCs are using static IP addresses, you can determine the IP address and base the printer assignment on that. 5) PASSTHROUGH PRINT: Send the print job back through the terminal session, and from there to the printer. Yes, this can work quite well; we have hundreds of people doing it, probably thousands. 6) FOLLOW-ME PRINTING: Print jobs are sent to either an LPD or a JetDirect emulator at the same IP address as the telnet session is coming from; that is, to the same PC. Our Print Wizard utility can do this. 7) ARBITRARY CLIENT RESPONSE: If you know at the host level that a particular telnet client is running, there may be a way the host can query the client using a proprietary feature. For instance, with Anzio (our telnet client), the host can ask for the contents of a particular environment variable or internal variable, such as the Windows machine name, the Windows login name, or an arbitrary user-defined variable. This avoids restrictions imposed by the telnet daemon. Regards, ....Bob Rasmussen, President, Rasmussen Software, Inc. personal e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org company e-mail: email@example.com voice: (US) 503-624-0360 (9:00-6:00 Pacific Time) fax: (US) 503-624-0760 web: https://www.anzio.com
Anzio makes VirtPort, which could solve this in some cases.
John Dubois said:
In 5.0.7, telnetd has a -r option that lets you `specify the pty or pty range that it will use. This lets you run a separate telnetd on a different port that gets a specific pty. If you log in by connecting to that port, you will always get the same pty
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