Telnet not in netutils

Christopher Jones jonesc at
Sun May 30 15:52:03 UTC 2021

> On 30 May 2021, at 4:09 pm, Christoph Kukulies <kuku at> wrote:
> No, of course I didn’t read the port notes since I don’t know where one can find them after having done a 
> port install.

You don’t have to find them. They are printed for you when you install the port, you just have to pay attention and read them

 > sudo port install inetutils
--->  Computing dependencies for inetutils
--->  Fetching archive for inetutils
--->  Attempting to fetch inetutils-2.0_0+client.darwin_20.x86_64.tbz2 from
--->  Attempting to fetch inetutils-2.0_0+client.darwin_20.x86_64.tbz2.rmd160 from
--->  Installing inetutils @2.0_0+client
--->  Activating inetutils @2.0_0+client
--->  Cleaning inetutils
--->  Scanning binaries for linking errors
--->  No broken files found.                             
--->  No broken ports found.
--->  Some of the ports you installed have notes:
  inetutils has the following notes:
    All clients are now installed with the "g” prefix

> Why did they do that (prefixing the utils with a „g“). Is it now a GNU thing?

Its an explicit choice made in the port, to distinguish the GNU versions of these utils from the BSD one that come with the OS.


> Yes, I know that it is insecure and what not, but for local connections like talking to a port of a local process it’s just fine :)
> And I also recalled how to quit the telnet session (on the Mac keyboard): CTRL-ALT-]
> (^]) :)
>> Am 27.05.2021 um 22:04 schrieb Christopher Jones <jonesc at>:
>> Hi,
>> I guess you didn’t read/notice the port notes when you installed inetutils ?
>> inetutils has the following notes:
>>   All clients are now installed with the "g" prefix.
>> Oberon ~/Projects/MacPorts/ports > sudo port contents inetutils | grep telnet
>> /opt/local/bin/gtelnet
>> /opt/local/share/man/man1/gtelnet.1.gz
>> Chris
>> ]
>>> On 27 May 2021, at 8:57 pm, Christoph Kukulies <kuku at> wrote:
>>> I’m trying to get a telnet installed under macOS 11.3.1. Didn’t have it installed before and some reading says it ought to be in netutils,
>>> but it ain’t.
>>> Any clues?
>>>>>> Christoph

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