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GEDL



Shareware Version 2.00
July 9, 1989
Copyright (C) 1989 by Tom White





Preface


GEDL is being offered as shareware. This version does not require
registration or a contribution.

If you have any comments or suggestions please leave them on GEnie to
T.WHITE2 via GEMAIL.





Disclaimer

This program comes without warranty of any kind. I have attempted to
build in as many safeguards as possible, but I have not been able to
test it under all possible conditions.

The author does NOT assume responsibility for any loss of any kind due
to use of this program.

USE THIS PROGRAM AT YOUR OWN RISK!










Features


Some of the features of this script file are:

1. Works with either Command mode or Menu mode. Which ever one you were
using when you last logged off.

2. Can be configured to hang up immediately if Prime Time rates are in
effect.

3. Has built in error protection to hang up if GEnie does not respond
for any reason within a preset time. (e.g. file not found, logon is
not completed, etc.).

4. Will download 1-9 files with your choice of Xmodem, 1k-Xmodem,
Ymodem, or Zmodem protocols, completely unattended. You supply the
time to call, the file numbers OR names, and the protocol to use.

5. Can be configured to download to any directory.

6. Reads the file description (if supplied by GEnie) to a disk file.
(GEnie will not supply the descriptions if Ymodem or Zmodem is used
with more than 1 file).

7. Keeps a record of how long you were logged on and what time it was
completed. (If the download was completed successfully).









Configuration


GECONFIG is a script file that will create a configuration file called
GEDL.CNF that contains the parameters needed to run GEDL. GECONFIG
allows you to specify the drive and directory to download to, your
GEnie user number, your GEnie password, whether or not you want the
script to work if prime time rates are in effect, how long to wait for
time-out errors, if you want the alarm to sound, colors, whether or not
you have ALL Libraries selected, and which entry of your dialing
directory GEnie resides in.

How to use GECONFIG:

Press ALT-G and type GECONFIG, then press ENTER to start the
configuration program. GECONFIG will read the file GEDL.CNF if
available or create one if it is not. Then just enter the letter for
the parameter you wish to change. GECONFIG will supply the recommended
parameters where possible. You will probably wish to leave as many as
possible alone until you are more familiar with the program.


A: Contains the drive letter and directory that you wish to have the
files downloaded to. If you leave it alone the program will
download to the same directory that TELIX is in. GEDL will also
create a file containing GEnie's description of the file to download
in this same directory. When GEDL logs off, it will capture the
time of completion and the amount of time logged on in a file in
this directory.

B: This parameter must be changed to include your GEnie user number.
Without it GEDL can not log on to GEnie.

C: This parameter must be changed to include your GEnie password.
Without it GEDL can not log on to GEnie.

D: This is where you can protect yourself against an accidental logon
during GEnie's PRIME TIME rates of $18.00 an hour. The default
setting is YES, turn on the protection against PRIME TIME rates.
When you logon, GEnie flashes a message (if during PRIME TIME) to
warn you that PRIME TIME rates are in effect. If GEDL sees this
message, it will hang up immediately.

E: If something goes wrong during the download and GEnie does does not
give the response that GEDL is looking for, the script file will
hang, and not go any further. You get to decide approximately how
many seconds the file should wait before hanging up. I prefer 60
seconds because sometimes there are some pretty long pauses in
GEnie's software. If this parameter is too small it will hang up
even though there is nothing wrong.






F: After TELIX completes a download, it sends out an alarm to tell you
that it is finished. I use this at night when I don't want to hear
the alarm. The default setting is to NOT sound the alarm.

G: The background color of the script file can be changed. See the
list of colors at the end of this documentation. The default setting
is 1 for a blue background. Your choices are 0 - 7.

H: The foreground color of the script file can be changed. See the
list of colors at the end of this documentation. The default
setting is 7 for a light grey foreground. Your choices are 0 - 15.

I: If you wish to call at a later time, you will supply the time to
call. GEDL will wait until the time you specify before it calls.
While waiting, the time is displayed in the color that is contained
in this parameter. See the list of colors at the end of this
documentation. The default setting is 12 for light red. Your choices
are 0 - 15.

J: While waiting to call, the current (and counting) time is displayed
in the color that is contained in this parameter. See the list of
colors at the end of this documentation. The default setting is 14
for yellow. Your choices are 0 - 15.


K: If you do not supply a valid time to call, or do not supply any
files to download, an error message will be shown in the color that
is contained in this parameter. See the list of colors at the end of
this documentation. The default setting is 15 for white. Your
choices are 0 - 15.

L: GEnie gives you the option of using only some or all of the
available libraries for searches and downloads. If you do not have
the correct library selected this file can not find the file you
wish to download. Most people have ALL Libraries as their default
and will not need to make any changes. This parameter should be Y if
you have All Libraries selected and N if you do NOT have ALL
Libraries selected. Y is the default setting as most users will not
need to have this script change their GEnie set up.

M: This parameter contains the position of GEnie's phone number and
logon information in your dialing directory. GEDL has to know where
to find GEnie's number. The default setting is 1.

N: This selection will allow you to abort the configuration program
without saving any changes that you have made. GEDL will not see any
of the changes that you made.

O: This selection exits the program, and saves any of the changes that
were made into the file GEDL.CNF. GEDL.CNF must reside in the same
directory as TELIX in order to be found. If it is not found, GEDL
will attempt to run GECONFIG so that it can be found.






COLORS


Possible colors are numbered as follows:

Black 0
Blue 1
Green 2
Cyan 3
Red 4
Magenta 5
Brown 6
Light Grey 7
Dark Grey 8
Light Blue 9
Light Green 10
Light Cyan 11
Light Red 12
Light Magenta 13
Yellow 14
White 15









Operation



To start GEDL type Alt-G, then the script file name (GEDL), and press
enter. GEDL will then ask what time you wish to place your call. Enter
the word "NOW" (without the quotes) in either upper or lower case, or
just press enter by itself, if you wish to call right away. If you
wish to call at a later time, you should enter the time that you want
GEDL to call. Enter the time in 24 hour format (military time). GEDL
expects you to enter 8 characters with the 3rd and 6th characters being
a colon (:). (Just as you would to set your computer's system clock).
Press enter to continue to the next step.

Some examples are: 2:30 P.M. = 14:30:00
1:47 A.M. = 01:47:00
12:09 A.M. = 00:09:00


GEDL will then ask you for the file name or number. Type GEnie's file
number or the name of the file, and then press enter. The cursor will
advance to the next line. Type the number or the name for the second
file, and press enter. Continue typing file numbers or names and
pressing enter after each one until finished. You may enter any
combination of numbers or names up to a total of nine. Pressing enter
on an empty line or after entering the 9th file GEDL will continue to
the next step.

GEDL will then ask you which protocol you wish to use for the download.
Press X and then enter if you wish to use Xmodem for the download.
Press 1 and enter if you wish to use 1K-Xmodem for the download. Press
Y and enter if you wish to use Ymodem for the download. Press Z and
enter if you wish to use Zmodem for the download. If you press enter by
itself, without entering a choice, Zmodem will be used.

GEDL will then display the data to the screen for you to review, and
ask if it is correct. Typing n or N and pressing enter will cause the
script to abort without placing the call. Typing y or Y and pressing
enter or pressing enter by itself will cause GEDL to move on to the
next step.

If you selected "NOW" as the time to call, GEDL places the call and
completes the download(s). If you selected a later time, GEDL will
also display a running clock showing the current time. The current time
is based on the time that is set into your system's clock. When the
time is reached, GEDL will then place the call. Pressing the escape key
will allow you to abort the script if you change your mind.




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