KERMIT 95 HOST MODE USER'S GUIDE

  Copyright (C) 1996, 2002, Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone.
  All rights reserved.

Creation: February 8, 1996.
Most recent update: 2 April 2002

Applies to:
  Kermit 95 1.1.3 or later,
  Host Mode script version 1.00.
  Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP, or IBM OS/2.

CONTENTS

  1. GETTING CONNECTED
  2. LOGGING IN
  3. THE HOST MENU
  4. DIRECTORIES
  5. COMMANDS
  6. CD PRIVILEGE
  7. DOS PRIVILEGE
  8. POSTSCRIPT: WHY CAN'T I HAVE AN INTERACTIVE REMOTE DOS SESSION?

INTRODUCTION

Kermit 95 host mode is like a mini BBS running on a Windows 95 or Windows NT
system that you can connect to using your communication software so you can:

 . Upload and download files using Kermit, ZMODEM, or other protocols
 . Receive messages from and leave messages for the PC owner
 . Execute certain types of DOS commands

Real Kermit software is recommended: Kermit 95, MS-DOS Kermit, VMS C-Kermit,
UNIX C-Kermit, etc:

 . VT100 or ANSI emulation is required
 . Kermit file transfer protocol is recommended
 . Kermit server mode is required when Kermit protocol is selected
 . "set terminal apc on" is recommended for automatic up- and downloads
 . "set server display on" is recommended so you can monitor uploads
 . "set term byte 8" and "set term char cp437" recommended
 . A scrollback feature is needed on certain occasions

The Kermit 95 host is a PC running Windows 95 or NT and Kermit 95 in "host
mode".  A username and password must have been set up for you in advance by
the owner of the PC (the "proprietor") or else the proprietor must have
configured the Kermit 95 host to allow anonymous logins, in which case you
can use "guest" as the username, and supply anything at all as your
password.

1. GETTING CONNECTED

You can make either a dialup or a Telnet connection to a Kermit 95 host,
depending on how the proprietor set it up.  To make a dialup connection,
simply dial the number given to you by the proprietor and then enter your
terminal emulator, for example (in Kermit-95, MS-DOS Kermit, or C-Kermit):

  set terminal apc on
  dial 5551234
  connect

NOTE: "apc" is the VTxxx Application Program Command escape sequence which
is recognized by Kermit 95, MS-DOS Kermit, and C-Kermit.  It is this feature
that allows host mode to initiate uploads and downloads automatically
without you having to "escape back" and give commands to your local Kermit
program.  Read about APC in the KERMIT.UPD or CKERMIT.UPD file that comes
with your Kermit software.

As with all dialup connections, make sure you have an adequate method of
flow control (preferable RTS/CTS hardware flow control) enabled, or else
characters are very likely to be lost in both directions.

To make a Telnet connection, tell your Kermit client software to "telnet
<hostname> <socket-number>".  The <hostname> is the TCP/IP hostname of the
proprietor's PC, and the <socket-number> is a number, usually 3000, given to
you by the proprietor.  So, assuming that host mode is running on a PC whose
IP hostname is pc.oofa.com, and it is listening for a connection on TCP port
3000, you would connect to by giving the following commands to your own Kermit
software:

  set terminal apc on
  telnet pc.oofa.com 3000

2. LOGGING IN

When you first connect to Kermit 95 host mode, the screen contains:

  K-95 Login

  Username: _

Type your username, using the backspace key for editing if necessary, and then
press the Enter or Return key.  Then the Password: prompt appears.  As you
type your password, each character is ech