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Article: 11065 of comp.protocols.kermit.misc
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank da Cruz)
Subject: Case Study #16: Bootstrapping
Date:25 Jan 2000 21:51:11 GMT
Organization: Columbia University
Hardly a week passes without a desperate plea like the following appearing on some newsgroup or other:
Help! I have 20MB of files on a PC with XENIX 2.3.4 [substitute any other old operating system], which does not have a network card, and I need to move them to Windows 98! My XENIX PC has only a 5.25" diskette and my Windows PC has only a 3.5" diskette, and they have no other media in common.
When there is no network, there are no removable media in common, and the two computers are not both UNIX (and therefore do not both have UUCP), Kermit is often the most practical alternative.
But I don't have a copy of Kermit on my XENIX system!
This article tells how to "bootstrap" Kermit onto your old system. The term "bootstrap" refers to "lifting yourself up by your bootstraps"; a paradox (similar to recursion, which we discussed earlier). In this case, the paradox is: "In order to get Kermit onto your computer, you must get Kermit on your computer". It's easier than it seems! The key is G-Kermit, announced here a month ago:
G-Kermit is a compact and portable Kermit program. All it does is transfer files -- no frills, no conveniences. It's small enough to load into your computer without an error-detecting and -correcting protocol. For bootstrapping, we supply uuencoded compressed binaries that are several hundreds lines long each. All you have to do is put the appropriate one on the target computer, uudecode it, and uncompress it. You could do this via diskette or any other means at your disposal, but let's assume the serial port is your only option, and that the target computer:
Here are the steps:
stty crtscts (for RTS/CTS) stty rtsxoff ctsxon (for RTS/CTS) stty crtsxoff crtscts (for RTS/CTS) stty ixon ixoff -ixany (for Xon/Xoff)
The command for Xon/Xoff is fairly well standardize. The command for hardware flow control is different almost everywhere. "man stty" tells you what the command is (if any) on your UNIX system.
cat > x.uueNow UNIX expects you to "type" commands into the x.uue file.
This should produce a file called either gkermit.Z or gkermit.gz, depending on the compression method.
If it's gkermit.gz, type
If you get any complaints like "gunzip: gkermit.gz: invalid compressed data--crc error", go back and repeat steps 6-10, perhaps reducing the serial speed on each end first. Note that gunzip catches transmission errors, but uncompress doesn't. This is another reason to use gunzip if you can.
chmod +x gkermit
You should see the G-Kermit help text. If something horrible happens instead, go back to Step 6, perhaps reducing the serial port speed first.
Now you have a Kermit program on your UNIX computer. See the G-Kermit web page for documentation.
G-Kermit might be all you need to get the critical files off your old UNIX computer. But in case you need the more advanced features of C-Kermit such as automatic text/binary mode switching, directory-tree transfer, atomic file movement, character-set conversion, and scripting, now you can use G-Kermit to transfer the appropriate C-Kermit binary to the same computer.
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