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Telnet Escape

How to close a telnet session on AIX or Cisco.


Do you also get this message when using telnet on AIX:

telnet 1059
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

And you can't get out? Press <CTRL>+5 followed by <ENTER> to logout:

Escape character is '^]'.

telnet> quit
Connection closed.


To escape Cisco Telnet press <CTRL>+<SHIFT>+6 at the same time and then “x”. This puts it in the background.
You can go back to the session by simply hitting <ENTER>.
When you're back on the command prompt you'll have to type “disconnect” and confirm that you want to close the connection.

In this example I open the telnet session, but it in the background, reopen it, put it in the background again and then close it.

coreswitch01#telnet 53
Trying, 53 ... Open

[Resuming connection 1 to ... ]

Closing connection to [confirm]
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aixtelnetescape.txt · Last modified: 2013/03/08 05:18 by sjoerd