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3.4.1 VTY Overview

VTY stands for Virtual TeletYpe interface. It means you can connect to the daemon via the telnet protocol.

To enable a VTY interface, you have to setup a VTY password. If there is no VTY password, one cannot connect to the VTY interface at all.

% telnet localhost 2601
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.

Hello, this is Quagga (version 1.2.0)
Copyright © 1999-2005 Kunihiro Ishiguro, et al.

User Access Verification

Password: XXXXX
Router> ?
  enable            Turn on privileged commands
  exit              Exit current mode and down to previous mode
  help              Description of the interactive help system
  list              Print command list
  show              Show running system information
  who               Display who is on a vty
Router> enable
Password: XXXXX
Router# configure terminal
Router(config)# interface eth0
Router(config-if)# ip address
Router(config-if)# ^Z

’?’ is very useful for looking up commands.