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Kermit Books

Most recent update: Wed Jul 27 15:43:38 2011
Kermit books and manuals have been published in English and several other languages ever since 1987. Most of these are now out of print. CLICK HERE to see a Kermit bibliography.

Using C-Kermit

Using C-Kermit, 2nd edition, is still recommended for serious users of C-Kermit (for Unix and VMS) and of Kermit 95 (for Microsoft Windows) (casual users can find online tutorials HERE and HERE). The book explains all the basics of Kermit's operation and command language, including the syntax of the block structured scripting language that was introduced with C-Kermit 6.0 and is the form still used today. It's full of tables (notably of 8-bit Roman, Cyrillic, and Hebrew character sets), tutorials (notably serial data communications), and all sorts of reference material, plus an extensive index.

Using-C-Kermit 2nd Ed   Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone, Using C-Kermit, Second Edition, Digital Press / Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1997, 622 pages, ISBN 1-55558-164-1. In computer and book stores, from Barnes and Noble, and from Buy.Com. For other sources, search here. Also published in German. The second edition is current for C-Kermit 6.0; the new features of C-Kermit 7.0 are described in the C-Kermit 7.0 Update Notes; the new features of C-Kermit 8.0 are described in the C-Kermit 8.0 Update Notes; new features of C-Kermit 9.0 are described in the C-Kermit 9.0 Update Notes. [ DESCRIPTION ] [ REVIEWS ]

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Other Kermit Books

The other books are out of print but you can still find some of them at and elsewhere:

  • Using MS-DOS Kermit from (REVIEWS).
    (Kermit software for DOS - includes its own built-in TCP/IP stack) Also published in French and German, plus a Japanese volume about the NEC pc9801 version of MS-DOS Kermit.

Note: MS-DOS Kermit is for DOS and for Windows 3.11 and earlier. For Windows 95 and later (98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7) the software is Kermit 95, which comes with its own online manual.

Notes about the books

The English-language Kermit books were published by Digital Press, the publishing house of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). After DEC disappeared, the Digital Press imprint passed to Butterworth-Heinemann and from there to Reed-Elsevier, or simply Elsevier. The production quality is high, with thorough peer review, copy editing, and professional design. Translations were published in Germany and France, licensed from Digital Press to Verlag Heinz Heise and Heinz Schiefer & cie. The English versions were typeset by the authors using the Scribe documentation preparation system, a remarkable improvement over its successors (as Mark Crispin might say), and input using the EMACS text editor (both before and after it became GNU EMACS) on the DECSYSTEM-20 and later on various Unix platforms.

The Kermit 95 book was published in 1995 along with Kermit 95 itself, and packaged in a big box with the software diskettes and a copy of Using C-Kermit, first edition, total weight several pounds. The cover of the Kermit 95 book is, well, horrible. Our sketch for a design was given to a designer who evidently favored Hot Wheels and Dungeons and Dragons. We were thinking more VW Beetle or Mini Cooper, exploring a friendlier landscape, not the Mountains of Doom (after the first release of K95, the manual was online only). Authors rarely get approval of book covers, and worse, even of the titles. The title of the first Kermit book should have been The Kermit File Transfer Protocol but the designer changed it for, well, design reasons. By the way, the cover of that book shows an IBM PC/AT on the left, connected to a DEC VAX, which is accessed by a DEC Rainbow, which was DEC's answer to the IBM PC.

Kermit Manuals / Columbia University / / 2011-03-11