Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : ASPHST.ZIP
Filename : HOST.HLP

Output of file : HOST.HLP contained in archive : ASPHST.ZIP


Every user is presented the following menu after successfully logging
on and viewing the optional news file.
³ F)iles U)pload D)ownload ³
³ H)elp T)ime C)hat ³
³ R)ead mail L)eave mail G)oodbye ³

If the user has Level 2 privileged access, then the following lines are
added to the prompt:
³ S)hell to DOS ³
³ A)bort (SHUT DOWN host mode) ³

A Host command is invoked by pressing the first letter of the command
name; no carriage return is needed. To download, for example, just
press .

Command Description
------- -----------

* ABORT: Terminates user and exits Host mode. This has the same
effect as pressing ALT-X on the Host keyboard. The
user is asked whether on not he would like to disconnect
the line.

CHAT: Sounds the speaker on the Host PC (unless the beep
sound has been turned off in Windows).
If the Sysop presses OK, the Host PC enters Chat mode.
Pressing ESCAPE will end the Chat session.

DOWNLOAD: The user is prompted for a protocol to use and then for
the specification of the file(s) to download from the
Host. If the user has Level 2 access, a path may be
included in the specification; otherwise, only files in
the Host download directory (or the current directory if
there isn't a download directory defined) are allowed.
When a valid file specification is entered, the message
"Begin your ??????? transfer procedure" is issued and
the Host waits for the user to download the file(s) using
the specified protocol.

FILES: Prompts for a file specification (like DOS' DIR command)
and displays a list of matching downloadable files.
A user can cancel the file display by pressing N at the
-MORE- prompt. Level 2 users can view any directory by
including a path in the file specification.

GOODBYE: Terminates the call. Host can then recycle to answer the
next call, perform external processing or abort (depending
on the value of the Goodbye Option Setup field).

HELP: Displays the ASCII text file HOST.HLP (if it exists).
A user can cancel the help display by pressing N at the
-MORE- prompt.

LEAVE MAIL: The user is prompted for the following:
To: (the intended recipient of the mail)
Subj: (the subject of the mail)
Private Mail(Y/N) (Y for private, N for public)

The user can then accept or re-enter the header information.

Once accepted, the user is placed in a line input mode
(which continues until an empty line is entered). When an
empty line is entered, the user is prompted with:

S)ave A)bort D)isplay C)ontinue ?

Save: Append the message to the mailbase and
return to the Main Menu.

Abort: Erase the message and return to the
Main Menu (after confirmation).

Display: Show text that's been entered and display
this prompt again.

Continue: Return to input mode.

READ MAIL: The user is prompted to choose one of the following:

F)orward read
S)earch mail
I)ndividual read

Forward read: Sequential multiple read.
Prompts for the beginning message
number and displays all accessable
messages starting with that number.

Search mail: Selective sequential multiple read.
Asks for a field to search, a target
string to search for and the beginning
message number for the search.
Host displays all accessable
messages which match the search

Quit: Return to the Main Menu.

* SHELL: Allows the level 2 user to shell to a DOS prompt on the
host computer. Typing 'EXIT' returns you to the Host menu.

TIME: The time the user connected is displayed, followed by
the current time and the elapsed time for this call.

UPLOAD: The user is prompted for a protocol to use for the
transfer, the file specification and a short description
of the file. Host then waits to receive the file (using
the specified protocol) to upload. Files are placed in the
Host mode upload directory (if one has been specified in the
Setup facility); otherwise, they're saved in the current
directory. Level 2 privileged users can upload to other
directories (if they use a protocol that doesn't transfer
filenames and they specify a path with the name).

* = requires Level 2 privileged access

-End of help-

  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : ASPHST.ZIP
Filename : HOST.HLP

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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