Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1995 17:45:00 EST
From: Christine M Gianone <email@example.com>
Subject: MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 Released
This is to announce MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 for the IBM PC, PS/2, and compatibles
with DOS or Windows. The new MS-DOS Kermit release was prepared, as always,
by Professor Joe R. Doupnik of Utah State University.
MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 ZIP file.
- Click to retrieve the disk-image ZIP file.
Unzip with "pkunzip -d msvibm.zip" as it has many subdirectories.
Read the top-level READ.ME file for installation instructions.
File transfer recovery allows interrupted binary-mode
transfers to be continued from the point of failure. Can be used with
C-Kermit 5A(190) on UNIX, VMS, OS/2, AOS/VS, Stratus VOS,
and the Commodore Amiga, and with the forthcoming IBM Mainframe 4.3.1.
ANSI and Wyse terminal emulation add two popular terminal
types to Kermit's repertoire. ANSI emulation, not quite the same as VT100
emulation, is used to access most BBSs, and Wyse emulation is required by
certain applications and services.
Workarounds for buggy UART simulators on Pentium motherboards and other new
processors allows MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 to work on these systems, where earlier
versions might not have. Also: support for the Hayes ESP serial
communications board in 16550A mode; support for Fossil drivers; dialing
scripts for more and more new kinds of modems (many of them with X and/or Z
in their names -- all the popular brands!).
Numerous additions to the script programming language, including a full
selection of built-in functions compatible with C-Kermit's: \fsubstring(), etc.
Complete Hebrew and Cyrillic support packages are now included, and Kanji
terminal emulation is now available for DOS/V on IBM and compatible PCs.
Network, printer, keyboard, font, and other support support utilities are now
included in the basic package.
New smaller versions are available for those who don't need (or can't fit)
all the features of the full version.
Here is a more detailed list of the changes in version 3.14:
The organization of the files and the manner in which we are distributing them
as been improved. We are now distributing Kermit on a high-density 1.44MB
3.5-inch diskette, which is pretty universally accepted these days, and on the
network in a ZIP file that mirrors this diskette. This allows us to organize
and name the files more sensibly and to include material that previously would
not fit. Here is a brief synopsis:
- ANSI terminal emulation
- Wyse-50 terminal emulation
- Data General DASHER and DEC VT terminal emulation improvements
- Kanji character-set translation during terminal emulation
- HP-Roman8 terminal character-set
- Control over timeslicing method in Windows, DesqView, OS/2, NT
- Control over automatic video-mode switching
- Selectable fore- and background colors for underline simulation
- Additional scan codes for Alt/Ctrl/Shift - SpaceBar/EscKey combinations
- DEC User Definable Keys (UDKs) now supported
- Revised printer support for better interoperation with Novell CAPTURE
- Additional control over TCP/IP and TELNET protocol features
- Debugging display of TELNET options negotiation
- Networking support for Telebit PPP
- TCP/IP fixes, speedups, and refinements
- Multiple TCP/IP sessions to the same host now allowed
- Support for Artisoft Int14 redirector
- Support for Meridian Technology SuperLAT network connections
- Workarounds for buggy SMC FDC37C665 UART simulator on Pentium motherboards
- Support for Hayes ESP serial communications board in 16550A mode
- Support for Fossil Drivers
- SET SPEED 28800
- User control over treatment of carrier signal on serial connections
- Binary-mode file transfer recovery
- Ability to send partial files manually
- Control of run-length encoding
- Improved client/server operation
- Prompt string value now evaluated each time prompt is issued
- ASK/ASKQ responses now taken literally
- New APC command sends APC strings
- Incoming APC strings ignored by default for safety
- Revised CONNECT-mode status line for additional information
- Separate CONNECT-mode help and one-character command menus
- New script programming commands
- Improved consistency of backslash-quoting in commands
- New built-in string, file, and numeric functions
- Additional built-in variables
- Revised command line handling of substitution variables
- Transaction log of file transfers now records detailed rejection
reason if based on file attributes
- Available also in special reduced forms for limited memory, e.g. for
use on 256K systems, or as an external protocol on BBSs, etc.
- Brief overview of what's on the disk (in the ZIP file)
- Full-function MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 (about 230K)
- A smaller version (about 160K - no networks, no graphics)
- A very small version (105K - scripting and file transfer only)
- Patch files (currently empty)
- Standard initialization file
- Sample (note: -> SAMPLE <-) customization file
- Sample dialing directory
- Documentation for new features
- Brief synopsis of commands
- "Beware" file - hints and tips, etc
- Too hard to explain in one line, see READ.ME...
KERMITE.EXE can be used on PCs with small memories, e.g. on old XTs,
where the full-featured version might not fit. It can also be used if you
simply do not need Kermit's networking or graphics terminal emulation
capabilities, in which case you can run bigger programs "under" Kermit in the
extra free memory.
Of particular interest to BBS proprietors, KERLITE.EXE is an "extra-lite"
version which is like the "lite" version, but also eliminates the terminal
emulator (and the CONNECT command) entirely, but still includes the full
script programming language, weighing in at only 105K - perfect for use as an
external protocol and script execution engine.
With Kermit Lite plus Fossil and ESP support, there is every reason to
upgrade the Kermit support in BBSs to the most advanced and fastest Kermit
protocol implementation available for DOS. For further information, see the
new BBS OPERATORS GUIDE section in the KERMIT.UPD file. (Vendors of BBS
software who want to include Kermit with their product should contact us for
Now come the subdirectories. Each one has a READ.ME file that explains
- An article on Kermit file transfer protocol performance.
- Dialing scripts for 19 different modems, including most popular
high-speed, error-correcting, data-compressing models.
- Everything you need for MS-DOS Kermit TCP/IP networking except the
specific driver for your network board, including all the famous "shims"
that convert between one "standard" and another, such as the latest
version of Dan Lanciani's ODIPKT, plus Joe Doupnik's DIS_PKT9, plus the
WINPKT shim to be used when Windows is involved, and a SLIP driver in case
you don't have a network board, all of which have been verified to work
with this version of Kermit and other popular software. Plus a new
overview document to help you make sense of this ever-more-confusing tangle.
- Complete key mappings for DEC VT220/320 and DG DASHER emulation. The
"Gold key" TSR, for making Num Lock work like the F1 key. LK250 drivers
(for DEC keyboards that plug into IBM PCs). A little TSR for swapping the
Caps Lock and Ctrl keys and Esc and tilde.
- General utilities, like the famous XSEND program for transferring entire
directory trees, plus various printer items. (Did you know Kermit could
transfer directory trees intact?)
- Windows Program Information File for Kermit.
- This is something new -- public domain fonts (code pages) for your PC that
are easy to load dynamically -- no more endless and fruitless wandering
through the corridors of IBM or Microsoft to track down a Hebrew or Cyrillic
code page; no more editing AUTOEXEC.BAT (DISPLAY.SYS, NLSFUNC blah blah,
MODE CON CP PREPARE blah blah, MODE CON CP SELECT blah blah) and then
rebooting to install a new code page, no more limit to four "prepared" code
pages. Now you can just "loadfont" whatever code page you want, any time
you want. This directory includes code pages for Western and Eastern
European languages (CP437, 850, and 852), Icelandic (861), Hebrew (862) and
Cyrillic (863), plus utilities to load and display them. Our thanks to
Joseph (Yossi) Gil at The Technion in Haifa, Isreal, for this wonderful
collection (and this is only a small part of it -- look in
for more, and maybe find even more (and newer) at the
- Also new. Key mapping and screen translation setups to be used with the
Cyrillic font, plus Cyrillic character-set tables. Use MS-DOS Kermit for
Russian terminal emulation (and Ukranian, Bielorussian, etc), using any of
the popular host encodings: ISO, KOI-8, or Short KOI. Now you can read
those Russian newsgroups! Thanks to Konstantin Vinogradov of ICSTI in
Moscow, Russia, for the .INI files.
- Also new. The files in this directory give MS-DOS Kermit full Hebrew
terminal emulation capability, including the standard (i.e. WordPerfect :-)
key map for entering Hebrew letters on the PC keyboard, complete with
automatic English/Hebrew switching directed by the host, everything you get
on a real Hebrew-model VT420 terminal. Thus the standard MS-DOS Kermit
distribution now replaces the various "Hebrewized" offshoots of MS-DOS
Kermit that have been in circulation for some years, e.g. for use with the
ALEPH bibliographic software. You even get a PostScript picture of the
- Character-set tables for Roman-based character sets used by MS-DOS Kermit.
How to Get It
The ZIP file is available via anonymous ftp from Columbia University as
kermit/archives/msvibm.zip. Transfer it in binary mode,
unzip it using the "-d" switch to preserve the directory structure,
read the top-level READ.ME file, and go from there.
By the way, do not unzip the ZIP file over your old Kermit directory, or
you will lose your old MSCUSTOM.INI file and your old dialing directory!
Either make a new directory for MS-DOS Kermit 3.14, or copy your MSCUSTOM.INI
and DIALUPS.TXT files to a safe place before wiping out your old one, for
copy mscustom.ini mscustom.old
copy dialups.txt dialups.old
pkunzip -d msvibm.zip
copy mscustom.old mscustom.ini
copy dialups.old dialups.txt
Our deepest thanks, as always, to Joe Doupnik for bringing another new
version of MS-DOS Kermit to us.
MS-DOS Kermit 3.14 / Columbia University / firstname.lastname@example.org