Managing UUCP and Usenet (A Nutshell Book)

Managing UUCP and Usenet (A Nutshell Book)

For all its widespread use, UUCP is one of the most difficult UNIX utilities to master. Poor documentation, cryptic messages, and differences between various implementations make setting up UUCP links a nightmare for many a system administrator.

This handbook is meant for system administrators who want to install and manage the UUCP and Usenet software. It covers HoneyDanBer UUCP as well as standard Version 2 UUCP, with special notes on Xenix. As one reader noted over the Net, “Don’t even TRY to install UUCP without it!”

Topics covered in Managing UUCP include:

  • How UUCP works.
  • RS-232 cabling.
  • Talking with modems.
  • Setting up a UUCP link.
  • Security considerations.
  • UUCP administration.
  • Introduction to Usenet.
  • Installing Netnews.
  • Administering Netnews.

The tenth edition of this classic work has been revised and expanded to include descriptions of:

  • How to use NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol) to transfer Usenet news over TCP/IP and other high-speed networks.
  • How to get DOS versions of UUCP.
  • How to set up DOS-based laptop computers as traveling UUCP nodes.
  • How the UUCP ‘g’ protocol works.

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Using & Managing UUCP (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using & Managing UUCP (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using & Managing UUCP describes, in one volume, this popular communications and file transfer program. While most major sites have switched from UUCP to the Internet Protocols, UUCP remains attractive to computer users with limited resources, a small machine, and a dial-up connection. Linux users admire the efficiency of UUCP. In fact, Taylor UUCP, which is described in this book, ships with the major Linux distributions. In addition to Taylor UUCP, this book covers the latest versions of HoneyDanBer UUCP, sometimes called Basic Network Utilities, or BNU. It also describes the specific implementation details of UUCP versions shipped by major UNIX vendors. This book combines material about UUCP formerly contained in Using UUCP and Usenet and Managing UUCP and Usenet, now updated and expanded to cover Taylor UUCP , the UUCP shipped with Linux.

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Using UUCP and Usenet (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using UUCP and Usenet (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using UUCP and Usenet shows how to communicate with both UNIX and non-UNIX systems, using UUCP and cu or tip. It also shows how to read news, post your own articles, and mail to other Usenet members. This handbook assumes that UUCP and Usenet links to other computer systems have already been established by your system administrator. Clear enough for a novice, this book is packed with information that even experienced users will find indispensable. Take the mystery out of questions such as why files sent via UUCP don’t always end up where you want them, how to find out the status of your file transfer requests, and how to execute programs remotely with uux.

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The Usenet Handbook: A User’s Guide to Netnews (Nutshell Handbooks)

The Usenet Handbook: A User’s Guide to Netnews (Nutshell Handbooks)

USENET, also called Netnews, is the world’s largest discussion forum, encompassing the worldwide Internet and many other sites that aren’t formally connected to any network. USENET provides a forum for asking and answering technical questions, arguing politics, religion, and society, or discussing most scientific, artistic, or humanistic disciplines. It’s also a forum for distributing free software, as well as digitized pictures and sound. This book unlocks USENET for you. It’s not just a technical book, although it includes tutorials on the most popular newsreaders for UNIX and Windows (tin, nn, GNUS, and Trumpet). It also explains what goes on on the Net: where to look for information and what to do with it once you get it. And, it gives you an introduction into the culture: Net etiquette, the private language, and some of the history…including some of the more notable practical jokes.

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