Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a server that listens to simple tcp sockets. If connecting to it, it prints a prompt and I can type commands, hit enter, see (and save) results, and then have the prompt again. I'm using telnet right now to connect, but want something more console/shell like.

Specifically, I'm looking for a tool that only sends what I've typed when I type (meaning, not every character I type), and so allows me to edit the line in the client side. In telnet, if i write type 'foo' (without quotes) and then hit backspace and type 'o', the server gets 'fooo', which it can't handle. I want the backspace to be handled in the client, so the server sees 'foo'. I also want history handling.

I work in Windows and looking for freeware

share|improve this question
    
Download a tool called socket workbench. You get a 30 day trial which will allow you to do most of what you want. However it is worth while buying if you are doing this stuff alot J –  James Feb 18 '10 at 16:13

4 Answers 4

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Did you have a look at netcat ( http://netcat.sourceforge.net/)

share|improve this answer
    
i don't think it does what i want and it is not for windows –  IttayD Feb 18 '10 at 16:31
    
According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netcat, there's a Windows version –  Dominik Feb 18 '10 at 17:04
    
I know and have used netcat in the past. I don't think it fits the bill. From wikipedia: "Netcat is designed to be a dependable “back-end” device that can be used candidly or easily driven by other programs and scripts" –  IttayD Feb 18 '10 at 19:21
    
@IttayD: netcat is a TCP client, and you asked for exactly that. Besides, the Windows versions of netcat use the read-line functionality built into Windows Console. So the program automatically gets command history support. (And even macros! If you mess with doskey for a minute.) –  grawity Feb 18 '10 at 19:26

Try ncat, which comes with nmap 5.0 and later. I run:

C:\>"\Program Files (x86)\Nmap\ncat.exe" www.google.com 80

I type:

HEAD / HTTP/1.0
Host: www.google.com
<extra return>

I get:

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 20:48:34 GMT
Expires: -1
Cache-Control: private, max-age=0
Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
Set-Cookie: PREF=ID=31b99fd75e6e122a:TM=1266526114:LM=1266526114:S=ncRwt4V-M8RC4E_Y; expires=Sat, 18-Feb-2012 20:48:34 GMT; path=/; domain=.google.com
Set-Cookie: NID=31=bCeSJHeBgJOQNsQS6tDwRBoEkDHpYuz0LjtF5kCP-AngavYRcJxb56LXzhDJNt8pSPXw-NhQkYhgVn-DC4Qk9pfRs1In-5ZBRH4NAczJabFU9P16_ROz9RnHVwOlB3sj; expires=Fri, 20-Aug-2010 20:48:34 GMT; path=/; domain=.google.com; HttpOnly
Server: gws
X-XSS-Protection: 0
share|improve this answer

I ended up using socat http://www.dest-unreach.org/socat/ (http://www.gentilkiwi.com/telechargements-s43-t-socat.htm#englishversion). together with cygwin's readline, I have all that I need.

Did not compare to netcat.

share|improve this answer
    
As I mentioned in my comment on Dominik's post, Windows already comes with "readline"-like functionality for all programs (unless they explicitly disable it, like telnet does). Cygwin is not required. –  grawity Feb 18 '10 at 20:09
    
but readline is much more powerful, e.g. ctrl-r to search back in history. i've marked dominik's reply as an answer. –  IttayD Feb 19 '10 at 9:29
    
Okay, Windows Console doesn't have search - but it has F7. –  grawity Feb 20 '10 at 12:26

Meant to put this as an answer

Download a tool called socket workbench. You get a 30 day trial which will allow you to do most of what you want. However it is worth while buying if you are doing this stuff alot

J

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.