MS-DOS Kermit 3.15

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The following is a brief description of the changes since version 3.14.


  1. All patches issued for MS-DOS Kermit version 3.14 are incorporated into version 3.15

  2. Unpatchable problem with ARP affecting some remote hosts is fixed in version 3.15

  3. Unpatchable bug which prevented communications between LAN adapters from the same vendor (the first three octets of the hardware address were the same), fixed in version 3.15

  4. Correction of a fatal bug when using internal TCP/IP over ARCnet ODI drivers.

  5. Failure to act upon 8-bit control codes SS2 and SS3 in VT220/320 terminal emulation, even though their 7-bit equivalents were implemented.



Kermit file transfer protocol and TCP/IP internal protocol stack:
  1. Dynamic Kermit packet retry timing, based on measured round trip times. This should provide faster recovery from lost packets.

  2. Congestion avoidance strategy during packet transmission.

  3. Optional announcement in Kermit packets of the kind of operating system so that two alike systems would exchange files in BINARY mode automatically, and without filename conversion. The new command:
    controls this feature, with the default being MANUAL for no announcement. If the "sysid" mode is used it overrides user choice of binary or text mode file transfers when like systems converse. Works with C-Kermit 6.0, Kermit 95 1.1.5 or later, IBM Mainframe Kermit 4.3.2 (soon to be announced), and of course MS-DOS Kermit 3.15 itself.

  4. Automatic recognition of Kermit packets while in terminal emulation mode. See next section.

  5. MOVE, RETRIEVE, REGET commands added.


  1. ANSI emulation now allows 25-line screens.

  2. DG 217 emulation added.

  3. Built-in Cyrillic terminal emulation supporting ISO Latin/Cyrillic, "Old" KOI8, and Short-KOI (KOI7) on the host and CP866 on the PC.

  4. New \Kdebug verb (on Alt-D by default) allows easy switching into and out of session-debugging mode.

  5. Kermit can now use extended memory (raw memory above 1MB) in place of expanded memory for screen rollback space. The command below has been enhanced to include choices EXTENDED and EXPANDED.
    The default is ON, which means try expanded memory first, and if that fails then try extended. With Extended in use Kermit does not need an expanded memory page frame (located in UMB memory). The default ON results in operation the same as for version 3.14 of MS-DOS Kermit.

  6. Automatic recognition of incoming Kermit packets while in terminal emulation mode. The new command:
    controls this feature, with the default being ON. When the remote host sends a Kermit "I" or "S" packet to initiate a file transfer in either direction (via a SEND or GET command) then MS-DOS Kermit switches to file transfer mode, performs the file transfer, then returns to CONNECT mode.

    To download a file, just tell the remote Kermit to send it, e.g. (for C-Kermit on the remote end):

      kermit -s filespec          ; To download in text mode
      kermit -is filespec         ; To download in binary mode
    or (at the Kermit prompt):
      C-Kermit> set file type text  ; (or "binary")
      C-Kermit> send filespec
    To upload a file, tell the remote Kermit to GET it, e.g.:
      kermit -g pc-filespec       ; To upload in text mode 
      kermit -ig pc-filespec      ; To upload in binary mode 
      C-Kermit> set file type text  ; (or "binary")
      C-Kermit> get pc-filespec

  7. The Compose Key (verb \Kcompose, assigned by default to Alt-c) now works not only for Latin-1 (Western European) character sets, but also Latin-2 (Eastern European) character sets. Latin-2 compose sequences are accepted when your local code page is CP852 and your terminal character-set is Latin-2; otherwise, Latin-1 sequences are used, as before. See Appendix I.


  1. New command functions, \fname(arguments):

    Right Index. Returns 1-based position of first occurrence of pattern in string, looking from right to left, starting "position" bytes from from the right (default position is 0). Returns 0 if pattern not found.

    Returns the numerical result of evaluating a math expression. Expressions may contain numbers or variables that have numeric values. Numbers are 32-bit signed integers in calculations. Math operators are:
    +, -, *, /  Add, subtract, multiply, divide
    + and - are also unary operators

    % modulo, remainder ^ exponent, to power of ! factorial ~ logical bit-wise NOT, one's complement & bit-wise AND | bit-wise OR # bit-wise Exclusive-OR @ Greatest Common Divisor ( ) Clustering symbols, to 8 deep.

    Returns IP address in dotted decimal form found within string. Can be used with \v(input) to obtain IP address during SLIP login.

    Converts hours:minutes:seconds to seconds.

    \fverify(pattern, string, offset)
    Checks that all characters in string are in pattern, starting search at offset of string. Returns 0 if all match, else 1-based position of first mismatch in string.

    Function names may be abbreviated to uniqueness, such as \fmin().

  2. Mathematical expressions, such as (1992+3*3-5), can be used almost everywhere to represent a single numerical value. The rules of what is an expression are the same as for \feval() and follow common usage. If spaces occur then use ( ) around the entire expression.

    Numbers can be expressed as implicit decimal, 1996, or have a base associated with them such as \x1b for hexadecimal (27 dec). Numbers may be signed and results are retained to 32-bits.

    Single byte numerical values, \x1b, are permitted in text strings and represent one byte. To use backslash as itself double it, \\. Note that a number may terminate from its value filling a byte. For example:

      ECHO testing \12345   
      testing {45  
    because \123 makes a full byte (visually a left curly brace).

  3. To assist the CD, DIR, and RUN commands single byte \number conversion no longer occurs. Thus one may now safely say CD \4DOS.

  4. Command word spelling may be composed on the fly from substitution variables, such as
      define \%a minal
      set ter\%a type vt320
    This concept is extended to spelling of \function names, labels, and even the names of substitution variables themselves.

  5. Substitution variables now support the notion of arrays of strings:

    DECLARE \&character[size]
    Allocates space for "size" number of strings. If size is 0 then the structure becomes undefined.

    Is member index of the array character. Use DEFINE or ASSIGN to create the array member. Index starts at 1 and should not exceed the declared "size." Strings are limited in length to 1KB which is the limit of a Kermit command. Not all members need be created, only the ones you wish. An empty definition removes that member.

  6. Multiple match patterns for script INPUT statements, via new command
      MINPUT timeout pattern1 patttern2 pattern3...
    This behaves the same as INPUT except each of the patterns is examined and the first match terminates the command. Patterns containing spaces should be placed within curly braces, e.g. {three word pattern}. The pattern which is matched is revealed in new variable \v(minput): 1 if the first one was matched, two if the second, and so on, or 0 if none were matched.

  7. New variables:

    Status of most recent INPUT or MINPUT command:
     -1 for not initialized yet
      0 for success
      1 for timed out
      2 for user level Control-C interrupt
      4 for connection lost

    Shows which search pattern was matched by the MINPUT command, which is a script INPUT command with one or more match patterns. The variable is 0 if no match was obtained.

    The text string given by a "RETURN string" command. See RETURN below.

    This is the contents of the INPUT command buffer, but with two changes from version 3.14. Now \v(input) is the entire buffer rather than up to the first Carriage Return, and control codes are retained intact (and thus are invisible). To see the control codes visually use command SHOW SCRIPT where controls are displayed in "caret-character" notation such that null is ^@, 1 is ^A, 2 is ^B and so on.
    File specification from most recent file transfer.

  8. Program control functions FOR, WHILE, SWITCH, XIF, ELSE. They are:
      FOR variable-name start end increment { command, ... }
      WHILE logical-test { command, ... }
      SWITCH variable { case-list }
      XIF logical-test { command, ... } ELSE { command, ... }
      IF logical-test 
      ELSE command

    Is a substitution variable, \%character, which holds the loop index; start, end, and increment are numbers, and yes, loops can run backward by using negative increments.

    Is any MS-DOS Kermit command.

    { command, ... }
    Is curly braces surrounding one or more Kermit commands, with commands separated by commas to represent end of line, or multiple lines of Kermit commands where the physical end of line acts automatically as a command terminator. A side effect of this is commands using { will be continued automatically by the next line until a closing } is encountered; each input line will have a comma prepended.

    is any of the IF statement tests.

    XIF may have the ELSE word in the middle of a command line, but ELSE must not be a separate command line. Only the IF statement uses ELSE as a separate command line (see below).

    The IF statement has been extended to allow an optional second line of ELSE Kermit command. ELSE must be at the start of the next line rather than on the same line as the IF main body.

    BREAK terminates a FOR or WHILE loop or a SWITCH case. Control resumes at the next outer statement, if any.

    CONTINUE continues FOR and WHILE statements the at the bottom, skipping statements between itself and the bottom of the loop.

    These statements may be nested.

  9. RETURN string

    Used by macros to return "string" to new variable \v(return) and then terminate the macro. Termination is otherwise the same as by POP or END.

    Lets you choose which way to display INPUT material when INPUT ECHO is ON. With FILTER-ECHO OFF, all incoming characters processed by the INPUT command are sent to the screen. When OFF, escape sequences are filtered out.

  11. . SETENV name=string

    Puts NAME=string into the DOS master environment. Example script sequence:

      input 10 Your IP number today is
      input 10 Please record it now.
      setenv myip=\fipaddr(\v(input))
    where the remote machine sends "Your IP number today is Please record it now." The DOS master environment would have the new line "MYIP=" at the end.

    Note that changing the master environment does not affect the copy existing within Kermit nor any processes launched while in Kermit.


Accented Letters.
Enter in the desired case (upper or lower).
Key 1 (K1) and Key 2 (K2) can be entered in either order.

Character Name          K1   K2

A acute                 A    '
A breve                 A    %
A circumflex            A    ^
A diaeresis             A    "
A ogonek                A    =
C acute                 C    '
C caron                 C    &
C cedilla               C    ,
D caron                 D    &
D stroke                D    -
E acute                 E    '
E caron                 E    &
E diaeresis             E    "
E ogonek                E    =
I acute                 I    '
I circumflex            I    ^
L acute                 L    '
L caron                 L    &
L with stroke           L    /
N acute                 N    '
N caron                 N    &
O acute                 O    '
O circumflex            O    ^
O diaeresis             O    "
O double acute          O    #
R acute                 R    '
R caron                 R    &
S acute                 S    '
S caron                 S    &
S cedilla               S    ,
T caron                 T    &
T cedilla               T    ,
U acute                 U    '
U diaeresis             U    "
U double acute          U    #
U ring                  U    *
Y acute                 Y    '
Z acute                 Z    '
Z caron                 Z    &
Z dot above             Z    .

ss (German sharp s)     s    s  (lowercase only)

Accents and special characters; enter K1 and K2 in the order shown:

Character Name          K1   K2

Acute accent            '    '   (two apostrophes)
Breve                   %    %   (two percent signs)
Caron                   &    &   (two ampersands)
Cedilla                 ,    ,   (two commas)
Currency sign           X    0   (or X O, or x 0, or x o)
Degree sign             0    ^   (zero and circumflex)
Diaeresis               :    :   (two colons)
Division sign           -    :   (hyphen and colon)
Dot above               .    .   (two periods)
Double acute            #    #   (two number or pound signs)
Multiplication sign     X    X   (or x x)
Ogonek                  =    =   (two equal signs)
Paragraph sign          S    !   (or S 0 or S O, upper or lower case)
Soft hyphen             -    -   (two hyphens)

Kermit - MS-DOS Kermit 3.15 / Columbia University / / 15 September 1997