18.15 telnetlib -- Telnet client

The telnetlib module provides a Telnet class that implements the Telnet protocol. See RFC 854 for details about the protocol. In addition, it provides symbolic constants for the protocol characters (see below), and for the telnet options. The symbolic names of the telnet options follow the definitions in arpa/telnet.h, with the leading TELOPT_ removed. For symbolic names of options which are traditionally not included in arpa/telnet.h, see the module source itself.

The symbolic constants for the telnet commands are: IAC, DONT, DO, WONT, WILL, SE (Subnegotiation End), NOP (No Operation), DM (Data Mark), BRK (Break), IP (Interrupt process), AO (Abort output), AYT (Are You There), EC (Erase Character), EL (Erase Line), GA (Go Ahead), SB (Subnegotiation Begin).

class Telnet( [host[, port]])
Telnet represents a connection to a Telnet server. The instance is initially not connected by default; the open() method must be used to establish a connection. Alternatively, the host name and optional port number can be passed to the constructor, to, in which case the connection to the server will be established before the constructor returns.

Do not reopen an already connected instance.

This class has many read_*() methods. Note that some of them raise EOFError when the end of the connection is read, because they can return an empty string for other reasons. See the individual descriptions below.

See Also:

RFC 854, Telnet Protocol Specification
Definition of the Telnet protocol.

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