>It could possibly be DNS... If you have a valid /etc/resolv.conf,
>remove it temporarily then try your ftp or telnet.
>>>When i telnet or ftp to my linux machine, i get very very slow response.
>>>The client shows that it has connected but I donot get the username prompt!
>>>If I keep waiting for long enough, then it appears...
>>I've had this; in my case it turned out that named was trying to connect
>>off site, over a dial-up link that was down. When it timed out, with
>>an unimportant error, the telent or ftp session came up.
Or, better, list the IP and name of the machine you are telnetting from
Microsoft telnet asks the machine it is telnetting into to tell it what
name it will be known by, a reverse lookup (Never found where they use
the returned name).
/etc/hosts is checked before a DNS query starts so you can short circuit
the timeout without disturbing /etc/resolv.conf.