[CentOS] problem with telnet

Ian Blackwell ian at ikel.id.au
Tue Jun 24 08:20:41 UTC 2008

fabian dacunha wrote:
> jus a couple of days back when i tried to telnet to the server it gave me
> connection refused
> i go to the server
> and when i say telnet localhost it says
> getaddrinfo: localhost Name or service not known
Are there lots of telnet sessions already running?  You could have hit 
the "instances" limit in /etc/xinetd.conf.  If this is the problem (and 
BTW I'm not convinced it is), you can increase the number of allowed 
telnet sessions and reload xinetd with "service xinetd reload".

I hit this problem on a RHEL3 server several years ago and can't recall 
exactly how it manifested itself, but I do remember that this was the 


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