FAQ 8.31 Can I use perl to run a telnet or ftp session?

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8.31: Can I use perl to run a telnet or ftp session?

    Try the "Net::FTP", "TCP::Client", and "Net::Telnet" modules (available
    from CPAN). http://www.cpan.org/scripts/netstuff/telnet.emul.shar will
    also help for emulating the telnet protocol, but "Net::Telnet" is quite
    probably easier to use.

    If all you want to do is pretend to be telnet but don't need the initial
    telnet handshaking, then the standard dual-process approach will

            use IO::Socket;             # new in 5.004
            $handle = IO::Socket::INET->new('www.perl.com:80')
                or die "can't connect to port 80 on www.perl.com: $!";
            if (fork()) {               # XXX: undef means failure
                print while <STDIN>;    # everything from stdin to socket
            } else {
                print while <$handle>;  # everything from socket to stdout
            close $handle;


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