Definition

rlogin (remote login)

Rlogin (remote login) is a UNIX command that allows an authorized user to login to other UNIX machines (hosts) on a network and to interact as if the user were physically at the host computer. Once logged in to the host, the user can do anything that the host has given permission for, such as read, edit, or delete files.

Rlogin is similar to the better known Telnet command. Rlogin is considered useful for simple logins that don't require a lot of control over the client/host interaction, but is thought to be less useful than Telnet where a lot of customization is desired, for multiple sessions, for connections between very distant terminals or to terminals that are not running UNIX, for that matter, since rlogin can only connect to UNIX hosts. A benefit of rlogin is the ability to use a file called .rhosts that resides on the host machine and maintains a list of terminals allowed to login without a password.

A secure version of rlogin (slogin) was combined with two other UNIX utility, ssh and scp, in the Secure Shell suite, an interface and protocol created to replace the earlier utilities.

This was last updated in April 2005

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