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Check trough unix sockets if tcp port is open or close
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netstat will list all open ports on the system, unix sockets, tcp sockets and udp sockets. the t flag limits to tcp ports the l flag limits to listening ports and the n flag disables the translation of port to service ( ie :25 displayed instead of :smtp ). then grep for the port you are interested in preceeded by a colon.
Using netcat (nc)
25 can be replaced with the friendly value (smtp). Check error code for result or use -v option to echo output
nc -z localhost smtp && echo open || echo closed
nc -zv host protocol
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