Kermit 95 Command-Line Options
Command line options are operands given on the shell command line used
to start a program, such as K95, that can be processed by the program
after it starts. For example:
k95 -Y -l com2 -b 57600
each letter preceded by a dash is an option. Some options (like "-l" and
"-b") take operands (like "com1" or "57600"), others (like "-Y") don't.
Command line options are documented in Using C-Kermit,
Appendix I, augmented by the
C-Kermit 7.0 Updates and
C-Kermit 8.0 Updates
This section lists options that are specific to K95.
- -l _number
- The -l option is normally used to specify the name of the
communications device to use. However, if instead of a device name, you
give a number preceded by an underscore, e.g.:
k95 -l _1234
this is interpreted as a Windows device handle for a communications connection
that has already been opened by another process. This allows other programs
to make connections and then use Kermit 95 to peform selected tasks on them.
When K95 is started this way, it bypasses all device initialization and
conditioning, and it does not close the device when it exits.
- -j _number
- The -j _number option is similar to -l
one, except a network connection is assumed for the open handle. Kermit 95
is prepared to accept Telnet negotiations but does not initiate them.
- -J host [ port ]
- The -J command-line option makes Kermit 95 act just
like Telnet. Follow the -J with whatever you would put on the Telnet command
line: host name or IP address, optionally followed by the service port name
or number, e.g.:
telnet martini.eecs.umich.edu 3000
k95 -J oofa.com
k95 -J martini.eecs.umich.edu 3000
When started this way, Kermit 95 makes a Telnet connection to the host and
enters CONNECT (Terminal) mode automatically. It lets you escape back and
reconnect any number of times (e.g. to transfer files or anything else you
want), but when the connection is broken (typically, when you log out of the
remote host or service), Kermit 95 exits and disappears automatically.
The TELNET.EXE and RLOGIN.EXE programs that come with Kermit
95 invoke K95.EXE in this way.
NOTE: OS/2 Telnet has a different command-line syntax; the TELNET.EXE
program that comes with Kermit/2 converts from OS/2 Telnet syntax to Kermit/2.
- -J _number
- -J $number
- When started this way, K95 treats the number as a TCP/IP socket handle.
If the number is prefaced with an underscore, the socket is being used as
a telnet client connection. If the number is prefaced by a U.S. currency
(dollar) sign, the socket is being used as a telnet server connection.
- -# number
- Startup Flags. Note: the # is literal, follow it by a number
(e.g. -# 4). The number is bit mapped, the sum of the
desired start options:
1 - Disable Win95 special fixes
2 - Do not load optional network dlls
4 - Do not load optional tapi dlls
8 - Do not load optional kerberos dlls
16 - Do not load optional zmodem dlls
32 - Use stdin for input instead of the console
64 - Use stdout for output instead of the console
128 - Do not terminate process in response to Session Logoff
Options 2, 4, 8, and 16 can be used to speed up K95 program load and
termination if you are not using the corresponding features, and/or to avoid
bugs in the corresponding DLLs (if you don't need to use them).
Options 32 and 64 are for interfacing K95 to other programs, such as screen
- Redirection from/to pipe/file is automatically detected.
- When stdin is used, keymapping is effectively disabled. In other words no
function keys, keypad differentiation, ...
- When stdout is used no scrollback, no colors, no cursor repositioning.
- When using standard output, terminal emulation is still supported for
responses to inquiries, printing, even screen reading, but it can not be
displayed properly on the screen.
- If a passthrough mode is desired for the terminal emulator, set terminal
- Set command/terminal height/width affects the internal buffers and will
even be reported to the host if window size reports are active on the
current conection. However, they will not change the window size.
- As 16-bit shells use intermediate files for pipes it is not possible to
pipe real time input in from another process from the shell command line.
Option 128 is for use when K95 is started as a service on Windows NT or
- -N number
- (OS/2 only) NETBIOS adapter number, to be used when making NETBIOS
connections and there is more than one NETBIOS adapter to choose from.
Specify number as X to disable the NETBIOS adapter query.
- --xpos:n (K95G only)
- X-coordinate of window position, expressed as the number of pixels
to the right of the upper left screen corner
- --ypos:n (K95G only)
- Y-coordinate of window position, expressed as the number of pixels
below the upper left screen corner.
- --fontname:s (or --facename:s) (K95G only)
- Font/typeface name: string with _ (underscore) replacing blank.
- --fontsize:n (K95G only)
- Font point size, number, such as 14. Half sizes can be given; e.g. 14.5.
- Screen height (number of rows).
- Screen width (number of columns).
- Terminal emulation name, such as vt220.
- Window title (string may contain spaces, which case you should
enclose the the entire option in doublequotes:
"--title:This Is the Title".
- The K95G window is to include no menu bar.
- The K95G window is to include no tool bar.
- The K95G window is to include no status bar.
- Equivalant to
--nomenubar --notoolbar --nostatusbar.
- Disallows invocation of external applications or commands
from within Kermit 95 (GUI or Console). This also disables K95G's
- Prevents the user from manually returning to the Command screen from the
Terminal screen: disables the CONNECT-mode escape sequence as well as
the \Kexit keyboard verb.
- Prevents the user from scrolling back to previous screens: disables
the scrollback-related keyboard verbs as well as the GUI scrollbars (but
does not make the scrollbars disappear).
- Combines --noscroll,
--nobars and to create a "captive" session.
- Starts K95G maximized (full screen).
Equivalent to SET GUI WINDOW RUN-MODE MAXIMIZE.
- Starts K95G minimized (i.e. appearing only on the Windows task bar).
Equivalent to SET GUI WINDOW RUN-MODE MINIMIZE.
- Screen size changes are to result in font scaling (this is the default).
- Screen size changes are to leave the font size alone and change the
number screen rows and columns.
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