hlogin and hp2424/4000/8000 ?

Ed Ravin eravin at panix.com
Thu May 12 01:20:41 UTC 2005

On Wed, May 11, 2005 at 10:57:10AM -0700, john heasley wrote:
> Tue, May 10, 2005 at 09:44:58AM -0400, Ed Ravin:
> > Has anyone got hrancid/hlogin working with the Procurve 2424/4000/8000
> > switches?  It looks like hlogin is meant for a newer switch that has
> > a more command-line like interface and an extra command or two.  To
> > get to the command prompt, you have to enter a couple of menu choices
> > after logging in ("5", then "4", no carriage returns, then get a line
> > with a VLAN prompt and enter a CR), and there's no router prompt to speak
> > of because the telnet interface keeps sending cursor control characters
> > to show you the current time in the upper right corner.
> I'm not really keen on supporting such platforms.  Changes to the menus
> are very likely, such that those selections no longer invoke the CLI.

This particular platform hasn't changed its top-level menu for years,
and the boxes are getting old enough that I doubt HP will do anything
other than fix bugs in future firmware revs.

> HP is a particular PITA, as their interface produces gobs of vt screen
> handling codes that are a real bugger to filter.
> % script hplog
> % telnet switch
> will give you a good idea.  you're welcome to send the log; maybe these
> actually have clean output.

No, the input is extremely ugly, although once you get to command line
mode and start dumping things it's not too horrid (you still have to
hit space at each "MORE" prompt).  I'll send in a sample.

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