telnet fails with error inetd[XXX]: [ID XXXXX daemon.error] Failed to retrieve method context for the inetd_start method of instance svc:/network/telnet: default: Could not interpret group property

(Doc ID 1331886.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 3/05 to 10 1/13 U11 [Release 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 08-Apr-2013***

Symptoms

Attempts to telnet to the system would fail to connect and the error message reported by inetd on the system the telnet connection was attempted to would be the following:
inetd[XXX]: [ID XXXXX daemon.error] Failed to retrieve method context for the inetd_start method of instance svc:/network/telnet: default: Could not interpret group property.

Attempts to ftp and rlogin to the system would also fail with the same error except that it would report svc:/network/ftp: or svc:/network/login:rlogin in the error message.

Cause

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