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I have 2 VMs running CentOS 5.0 and I configured telnet on both of them.

I can telnet from one to another... but when I type ls or cd at the prompt I get a message like this

-bash: ls: command not found

Please advise. Thanks

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Sounds like you've got nothing in your path. Try /bin/ls and see if that works. If it is, you'll have to add common directories to your $PATH, or execute your .bashrc file.

Also, you really shouldn't be using telnet, as it's hugely insecure. You'd be much better of installing SSH (or enabling it, it's often installed by default).

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I've tried which ls and got the /bin/ls but still I get no expected output. – Joao Heleno Jun 17 '10 at 12:05
@Joao: Does echo * give you a list of files? It's curious that which works, but ls and cd don't (especially since cd is a builtin). Do pwd and /bin/pwd work? – Dennis Williamson Jun 17 '10 at 14:04

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