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Auto-Net 3.0 -- The first automated Internet program. Perform ARCHIE, FTP, MAIL, get new files, download TERABYTES of great programs from the Internet. Command menu, enhanced Terminal mode, mail tons of letters, etc.

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Auto-Net 3.0
THE first automated Internet program. Perform
FAXing, Yanoff's list, get new files, LEECH,
download TERABYTES of great programs from
the Internet... without even being home.
Works on SHELL service, no PPP/SLIP needed.
** Major Upgrade **
New colorful menus, enhanced help screens,
Over 280 total features - Must see to believe
Blazingly fast, reliable. Auto-Backup,
QUEST new sites, customized site info,
File manager with internal archive viewer,
config editor, agenda creator and more!
Mouse support, configurable. Command menu,
enhanced Term mode, mail tons of letters,
re-size screen while its running. !GET THIS!
A full scripting language, goto Term while
online, use DOS commands, hammer at busy
sites... Signature file, plus lots more.
Save valuable hours by letting AutoNet do
your Internet tasks for you. If you
'Internet', you need this.

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Auto-Net 3.0 — The first automated Internet program. Perform ARCHIE, FTP, MAIL, get new files, download TERABYTES of great programs from the Internet. Command menu, enhanced Terminal mode, mail tons of letters, etc.
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Contents of the AUTONET.DOC file

Automated Internet Communications 3.0

(c) 1995 David Smith All Rights Reserved

Registration is $30.00 + $5.00 shipping
Call 1-800-242-4775 between 8am-5pm for Visa/MC
orders or mail a check or money order to:

David Smith
1104 Mason Drive
Hurst TX 76053

Obtain updated versions: AntiVirus ROCK 214-606-1485 No login
needed - a menu comes up on first screen

FIDONET FREQ: 1:124/7017

cd /pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/utils

NOTE: This program has been thoroughly tested with NETCOM
and UNICOMP providers.

I highly recommend using /SLOW at all times you won't
be around... This ensures AutoNet the time to recover
from any Internet hickups.

================= WHY REGISTER??? =============================================

Registration entitles you to:

! That noisy beginning screen goes away!

1. Tagging files using AUTOFILE's FILE menu option.

2. Deleting files! The unregistered version does NOT delete the files
at your home space on the Net. That means you will probably be
charged for every megabyte you use.

3. Mass mailing. Registering entitles you to send mail, up
to 1,000 letters.

4. Get updates automatically - you'll get the NEW Auto-Net within
hours after being released!

5. Unlimited free upgrades.

================= QUICK START! =============================================

1. Unzip the files into their own directory.

2. Edit AUTONET.CFG with a text editor to reflect your Internet
settings (see section below for detailed descriptions of each item)

3. Edit AGENDA.1 and include all the agenda items you want AutoNet to
perform for you (IE: ftp a site, change directory, get new files,
send/receive mail, etc)

See the AGENDA ITEMS section below for detailed descriptions of each item


5. Choose RUN AGENDA from the menu

6. NOTE: If you use a port other than COM1, you need to specify that
on the command line. See AUTONET-USAGE section below for a
complete list of command-line arguments

7. Autonet expects "login:" and "Password:" when it connects with your
provider. If you have any menus, or weird setups OTHER THAN this,
you'll need to write a login script (see the SCRIPTING) section
below for using those commands.

8. New files are stored in NEWFILES.1, everything is logged in AUTONET.LOG
and you can edit many of the sample agendas to suit your needs

================= ENCLOSED FILES ==========================================

AGENDA 1 - Sample AGENDA files

UQWK 1 - Agenda file showing how to use UQWK for UseNet
SENDMAIL 1 - Shows how to send a reply packet to Internet,
containing your mail
GETMAIL 1 - Shows how to get your mail via a .QWK packet

QUEST 1 - Agenda to quest a whole lotta sites!

NEWFILES 1 - Sample newfiles list
ARCHMAIL 1 - Sample archie/mailing agenda

DSZ EXE - Zmodem
SIM2AUTO EXE - Converts SIMINDEX.ZIP file to AGENDA files

AUTOFILE EXE - File manager

AUTONET DOC - General documentation
PROBLEMS DOC - Read if you are having problems...
WHATS NEW - What be new fo dis version!

SITEINFO ANT - Customized site info file
COMMANDS ANT - Commands for the terminal menu
AUTONET PIF - Run Auto-Net under Windows

FREDLOG SCR - Two sample scripts

AUTONET CFG - Your personal configuration for Auto-Net
ADVANCED CFG - Advanced configuration (do not use, unless needed)

ARCHIE CFG - Tells Auto-Net how to do archie searches
MAIL CFG - Configuration for your mail-sending

FILE_ID DIZ - Description

================= FILE MANAGER ==========================================

The FULL release of my file manager is out!

AUTOFILE.EXE does a TON of things:

AGENDA - You can edit/change/view your agenda, or create a new one

NEW - Creates a new agenda, from scratch. Pick through an assortment
of sites/directories and leech or download files, get NEW files,
obtain great newsletters, who-is lists, sports schedules,
perform archie searches for files, goto terminal mode plus tons
Each item is added to your file: AGENDA.1 as you choose it.
To see the results of your new agenda creation, choose AGENDA/VIEW
and press enter above the AGENDA.1 file.

DELETE Lets you delete old agenda files you don't use anymore. Simply
highlight the old agenda file, then press ENTER to erase it.

VIEW Views agenda files using LIST.COM (if you don't have,
it's available at most local bbs's)


CONFIG - Edit your current AUTONET.CFG, create a new one, or
create your own personal signature file (AUTONET.SIG)

MAKE NEW Creates a brand new config file. If a current AUTONET.CFG exists,
the information is imported to the editor.

EDIT CFG Edit a current config file. Just fill out your information, then
scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Your file will be saved

VIEW CFG View a current config file using LIST.COM

EDIT SIGNATURE Create or edit your current AUTONET.SIG file. Just scroll
down past the bottom to save the information.

FILE - This is the fantastic NEW FILES manager. When autonet calls
the Net, it stores any new files into NEWFILES.1 Then, later,
run AUTOFILE and pick out the new files that interest you.
Tag files with the [SPACEBAR], and press [ENTER] to save
your tagged files into a fresh AGENDA.1 file.
Now you're all set! Just run AUTONET again to go obtain
those files you want...


Example: We run autonet, and go to several different sites. Autonet finds
a ton of new files that look pretty interesting.
So we run AUTOFILE and choose FILE, then tag several dozen files,
then press ENTER to save and quit.

Wala, our agenda file is now ready to go get the files we want.
Just run Autonet again, and he downloads them for us!

TOOLS - Various useful tools for use with Autonet

VIEW ZIP FILE Views the contents of any zip file. I invented my own
archie-processing engine that allows viewing the files
inside .ZIP/LHA/ARJ/PAK/ZOO..etc.
Just press ENTER or ESC to finish viewing.
NOTE: If you do not have any .ZIP files in the current
directory, no files will appear in your menu.



CHECKSUM A FILE Allows picking a file from a menu, then calculates the
checksum (total of all bytes added together)

SHOW SECRETS Show all "undocumented keys" in Autonet

VIEW ANY FILE Just pick a file from the menu, and LIST.COM will view it!

HELP - Primitive help. Since AutoFile is menu-driven, I did not
over-document the features. Most are self-explanatory


================= AGENDA ITEMS ============================================

AutoNet does several types of tasks:

ftp - an ftp site. This command heads off to an FTP site,
in order to get some files, or find new files.

Example: ftp

NCFTP - This is NOT SUPPORTED, and if your Internet Provider
uses NCFTP, please ask that an alias be made, or something
else to let you use ACTUAL FTP commands. NCFTP is a
cutesy way of doing ftp, and allows command line history,
etc... all of which are not needed when using AutoNet

Example: no examples, make sure you have ftp and NOT ncftp!

cd - change a directory on the current site.

Example: cd /pub/games
cd /Library
cd /pub/popular/DOOM

get - retrieve a file to your local work space. Hash marks
are turned on, and the file is determined by AUTONET to
be binary or ascii.

Example: get SIMINDEX.ZIP

new - find XX # of new files. The files will scroll by, and
AutoNet will find the first XX files you want.

Example: new 20 - gets 20 newest files
new 300 - gets newest 300 files
new 5 - gets newest 5 files

wait - waits for a specified period of time (in seconds)

Example: wait 2 - pauses two seconds
wait 14 - pauses fourteen seconds

delete - erases a file on your Internet workspace (same as the RM command)

Example: delete *.zip - deletes all .ZIP files in your workspace. This command
works ONLY from your workspace, since most sites won't
allow deleting files...

delete DOWNLOADED - a special command that will delete all files you have
downloaded in this agenda from your Internet workspace.

send - sends a string or character to the Internet

Some keywords are: ENTER : Sends a carriage return
| : Also sends a carriage return
ESC : Sends an escape character
CONTROL-Z : Sends the Control-Z

Example: send wais [email protected] - does a database wais connection
send ENTER

send telnet [email protected] - telnets to an archie server
send ENTER

send mypassword| - sends your password to the Internet, then presses
[Enter] for you.

send dir| - sends a directory command to the Internet, then presses
[Enter] for you.

send CONTROL-Z - sends a Control-Z to the Internet, then logs you off
send logout your provider.
send ENTER

NOTE: ENTER, CONTROL-Z, SPACE, and ESC must be in upper case!

waitfor - waits for a specified word to appear before continuing.
NOTE: Only accepts ONE WORD, not 400 words, or a whole
line of stuff. Make sure to not include spaces, quotation
marks, etc...

Example: waitfor login: - waits for the login prompt
send drnb
send ENTER

waitfor {netcom - waits for Netcom's main prompt
send telnet [email protected] - telnets to an archie server
send ENTER

waitfor Password: - sends your password to the Internet at
send ENTER the correct time, then presses [ENTER]

DOWNLOAD - downloads a file from the Internet using DSZ.EXE Zmodem.
NOTE: Sends a "sz [file]" command to the Internet for downloading.

Example: DOWNLOAD *.zip - downloads all .ZIP files from your Internet work area

UPLOAD - downloads a file from the Internet using DSZ.EXE Zmodem.
NOTE: Uses the enclosed DSZ.EXE. Custom Zmodem won't work
when uploading

Example: UPLOAD - uploads the file onto the Internet using

run - runs a script file. These are plain text files that contain script
commands. Each line is run consecutively.

Example: run myscrip.scr - runs a script file: MYSCRIP.SCR. Script files contain
plain text with commands EXACTLY like these. This
allows you to not manually type in a long series of
commands into EACH agenda.. you can just spawn off a
script file.

goto terminal - drops to Terminal mode, and pages you. This allows you to perform
tasks while AutoNet is online.

Example: goto terminal - drops into Terminal mode, and pages you.

login - uses an external script file to log you into the Internet. This is
good for people that have weird login sequences, like menus, etc.
before they can access the Unix Shell

Example: login myscrip.scr - logs into the Internet using the script file: MYSCRIP.SCR

MANUAL LOGIN - Allows you to manually log into your Internet provider.
Include this as the first line in your AGENDA file, and
Autonet will prompt you to log in, and press ALT-Q
when done.
This is great for people having problems logging in,
or getting around an ugly menu interface when you
first call in.
AUTO-NET works from a unix shell, and cannot operate
in menus!

cd /pub

DIRECT CONNECT - Allows you to begin AutoNet without dialing in, logging
on, etc. This is mainly designed for people with direct
TCPIP accounts, that don't need to physically dial into
a provider. This should always be the FIRST LINE of your
AGENDA file, and some scripting may be necessary to get
into your account. Trial and error is the best way to
get in.
AUTO-NET works from a unix shell, and cannot operate
in menus!

cd /pub

ARCHIE - Does an archie search (see ARCHIE SEARCHES section below)

Example: ARCHIE archie.cfg

NOTE: The word ARCHIE must be in all capital letters!

MAIL - Sends mail to anyone you choose, automatically
(see MAILING PEOPLE below)

Example: MAIL mail.cfg

NOTE: The word MAIL must be in all capital letters!

UQWK - compresses your mail or UseNet messages into a .QWK packet for download.
Once compressed, you can read your mail offline using any of the
OFFLINE MAIL READERS available (Blue Wave, Offline, RoboMail, etc)
NOTE: Whatever is on your UQWK line (in your AGENDA file) is sent to
the Internet directly
You must follow this command usually with a SEND zip -m inet.qwk *.ndx *.dat
which packs the dat files and index files into a qwk packet, ready to read.

Talk to your Internet provider for more info on the UQWK program, and
look at the UQWK.1, SENDMAIL.1 and GETMAIL.1 agendas.

Example: uqwk +n -h -B9000

finger fingers a site, and captures the output to a file you specify
in your FINGER.CFG. See the TOO MANY CONFIG FILES section below
for more details. A finger will wait your default TIMEOUT period
before proceeding. This is to ensure the data gets through okay.

Example: finger [email protected]

put - puts a file onto an Internet site. This does the opposite of 'get',
and allows you to upload files to various sites. NOTE: Most sites
have strict rules about uploading.. so read before you try this.
The PUT feature is fantastic for shareware authors, because it allows
you to mass distribute files without being home!

Example: put

questsite [site] - Goes to the site and "quests" information from it
automatically! See the QUEST SITE section below
for more information....

Example: questsite

============= Hard coded agenda items == (no parameters accepted) =========

YANOFF LIST - obtains Yanoff's famous Internet list by requesting it via
E-MAIL. The list will then be sent to you usually within 48 hours.

TODAY LIST - obtains a two-page document containing today's events in history
sports schedules (COWBOY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE!!), weather, sun
rise/moon schedule, plus tons more.
I use this little document on my bulletin board.. it's great!
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: TODAY.CAP

WHOIS LIST - obtains a listing of all whois servers that are currently
available on the Internet.
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: WHO-IS.CAP

UPDATE GROUPS - Gets a list of updated Usenet discussion groups.
This is great if you wanted to find out which group
does what, etc... and any new ones that pop up.
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: USENET.CAP

NASA NEWS - NASA posts updates to their research and ventures on
the Internet. If space interests you, get this!
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: NASANEWS.CAP

ARTS NEWS - Obtains a newsletter containing differents ARTS interest
stuff. Pretty good reading...
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: ARTSNEWS.CAP

FOOTBALL NEWS - Football! Lots of it! Obtains a list of recent games,
and current schedules for this weekend. Great resource
for your Sports addiction.
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: FOOTBALL.CAP

SEX UPDATE - Obtains a list evidently made by PROSTITUTES! They
advertise "private dancing", and say, "We go all the way,
and no, we don't really dance!"
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: SEXY.CAP

TRIVIA NEWS - Obtains a BIG list of good trivia questions. It's
updated every week, and has some challenging stuff
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: TRIVIA.CAP

POWER COMPUTERS - Obtains a list of "power computers" throughout the
world. Very interesting reading...
NOTE: Output is written to a file named: POWER.CAP

SUBSCRIBE WHITEHOUSE - Subscribe to the white house summaries that
are usually updated daily.... this includes what
speeches the President gave, White house budget
issues, plus tons more. If you're active in politics,
you definately need to get on the list!

NOTE: You will receive daily E-mail after doing this

SUBSCRIBE STOCKS - Gives you stock quotes every day. Up to the minute
Wall Street information will arrive in your mailbox
every weekday!

SUBSCRIBE MUSIC - Subscribes you to the MUSIC newsletter, which is usually
updated every week. If you enjoy music, get this!

NOTE: You will receive weekly E-mail after doing this

hammer sites - tells AutoNet to keep trying sites that are "not available"
up to 30 times, until it gets through. This is good for
sites like, that are ALWAYS busy.

Example: hammer sites

kill area - tells AutoNet to completely wipe out your user area before
it logs off. A person reported problems with DELETE DOWNLOADED
so I decided to include this. This line can be included anywhere
in your agenda file! And it sends a "rm *.*" to the Net
before logging off.

leech all - leeches all files in a directory. If you know of a favorite site,
and want to get all files in a directory, use this. It sends
a "mget *.*" to the ftp site, and then answers 'Y' to all prompts.
CAREFUL: Don't fill up your user area too much.

Example: ftp
cd /pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/utils
leech all

STOP - Download workspace files, log off and hang up - Quit AutoNet

NOTE: The word STOP must be in all capital letters!

The usual order is: ftp a site
change to a directory
get new files / or get a particular file
.. repeat above...

When AutoNet is finished, it downloads the files from your workspace AUTOMATICALLY
(please don't download them twice by using DOWNLOAD [filename]) using
DSZ.EXE (enclosed Texas Zmodem Protocol), logs off the Internet, hangs
up and quits.

AutoNet reads in a file called AGENDA.1 by default. You can change
your agenda file by specifying it on the command line. NOTE: All agenda
files must have an extension: .1 An agenda file is a plain text file
detailing what you want AutoNet to do.

Sample command line agenda change: autonet myagenda.1
autonet /COM2 bigagend.1

NOTE: Agenda files must have a ".1" in their name!!

Sample AGENDA.1: ftp
cd /PC/wuarchive/games
new 30

Another Sample AGENDA.1: ftp
cd /pub
get last100uploads
cd /Library
new 100

Merely create an AGENDA.1 with your needed tasks, make sure DSZ.EXE is
in your PATH, then type: AUTONET.EXE

[ read below for command line options ]

When done, AutoNet closes up, and leaves behind a logfile: AUTONET.LOG
and your new files list: NEWFILES.1 If a NEWFILES.1 already exists, it will
be added to. Please ensure your newfiles lists do not get too large.. I recommend
backing them up after each agenda has been completed.

The new files list contains:

1. Which Internet site these files are from
2. The directory
3. A complete, detailed listing of the files it found.

============= AUTO-NET The first and foremost automated ================
Internet communication program

Welcome to the most powerful communications package you'll ever find.
AutoNet has been called "a batch file language for the Internet", but
it's actually MUCH MORE. AutoNet is semi-intelligent.

If he doesn't find a ftp site, then he doesn't try downloading files,
changing directories, etc. at that site... If he cannot find ONE
particular prompt, he looks for others. This super-advanced program
is the only one of its type. Fast, efficient, and worthwhile to try out.

I use AutoNet every single day to find new files on the Internet for
my bulletin board. I get the LATEST Scan, F-PROT, Tbav, and all the
games FOR FREE! No long distance charges.

If you are an Internet "dummy", don't use this program! This is for
the average user of the Net that loves to wander around and find new
cool files, but HATE spending hours at a time sitting in front of the
computer. Here is your answer.

AutoNet allows you to:

Use the enhanced file manager, complete with PKZIP/LHA/ARC file
viewing, editing config/signature files, agenda creation, editing,
tag new files for download and MORE!

Gives you unlimited access to TERABYTES of Internet files without
forcing you to sit in front of your computer for hours.

Perform ARCHIE searches for files, at a variety of archie sites.
And when one archie site is busy, AutoNet will keep trying others
until it gets through. Allows using "custom" archie commands.
You control it all...

Mail your letters automatically, even to hundreds of recipients
at one time. Great for announcements, personal letters or
business purposes.

Allows super-advanced Internet access using the basic service.
NO SLIP/PPP accounts required.

Does FINGER searches quick and easy, and captures them into a
file of your choice.

Uploads files to Internet sites.

Leeches files from anywhere, take them all without hesitation.

Full mouse support

Hammers at Internet sites that are busy, and require hours of
frustration to get on. AutoNet will get on, guaranteed. Even
if it has to try for hours (optional - you can turn off if you

Obtain the latest sports, weather, and daily info.

Uses personal "signature file" that password protects your Internet
sessions, and ensures no unauthorized people snooping into your
AutoNet information.

Download Usenet BINARY files - AutoNet combines the necessary
messages together, UUdecodes them and downloads the resulting
binary file. All automatically!

Post Usenet messages - up to 1,000 of them without touching
your keyboard.

Fax people from the Internet. No long distance charges.

Has an "enhanced" terminal mode, complete with hotkeys and menus.

Find the latest new files and games.. WHILE YOU'RE NOT HOME!

Learn how to navigate the Internet with AutoNet's TEACH mode.

Use an advanced scripting language to complete all your tasks.

Stop at any time during your agenda to perform your OWN things.
When AutoNet reaches your destination, he will page you!

Pick out great files from the SIMINDEX.ZIP index file located on most
sites, and download them automatically.

Download more files than your hard disk can hold.... without any
long distance charges.

Get updates to your favorite programs automatically - direct
from their support Internet site.

Access the Internet with super-speed. You cannot type as fast
as AutoNet can stuff the keys for you!

If you're calling long distance to access the Internet, AutoNet
cuts your phone bill in HALF by whizzing through your tasks
faster than you could do them yourSELF.

Drop to Terminal mode while AutoNet is working.

== ATTENTION WINDOWS USER: ===============================================

Do you have one of those cutsie Windows interfaces (like Mosaic,
Hooked, Cameleon) ??
Those are fantastic for getting/sending mail, but for files...
they just won't cut it. You STILL have to sit at your computer
and click on the files you want, get them to your local computer,
then hunt down any new files that might interest you at different
sites on the Net.

What a pain!

Your time is valuable... use AutoNet to retrieve any new files
and then download them while you do something YOU want to do.
Go jog, workout, shop, sleep, go out with your wife/girlfriend,
do the things you REALLY want to rather than getting new files
for hours at a time.

Also: Are you paying extra for a SLIP account, or a PPP account?
You can use Auto-Net on your REGULAR account, and save you

Coming (moderately ๐Ÿ™‚ ) soon: AutoNet for Windows!

== AUTO-NET USAGE: =======================================================

AUTONET [switch]

AutoNet's defaults are: FAST mode, use COM 1, and use N81
for the connection.

Whereas switch might be:

/AUTO Runs AutoNet without using the beginning menu.

/UNICOMP Uses UniComp prompts and commands. If your provider
is UNICOMP, then please use this switch for maximum
compatibility with Auto-Net.

/? A brief HELP screen, then AutoNet exits.

/COM2 Use COM 2 for the modem. AutoNet defaults to COM1

/COM3 Use COM 3 for the modem. AutoNet defaults to COM1

/COM4 Use COM 4 for the modem. AutoNet defaults to COM1

/TEACH Learn how to navigate the Internet with AutoNet's TEACH
mode. In this option, AutoNet pauses before performing
every action, and shows a screen telling exactly what
its about to do. This is fantastic for learning the
basic Internet commands, and how to move around in

/TERM Start off in Terminal mode. AutoNet's terminal is very nice,
and includes a menu. Just press the UP ARROW to access it.
The menu actually comes from the file COMMANDS.ANT, which you
can edit with any text editor. Make sure the commands are
shorter than 50 characters.

If you know the Net is slow and sluggish at around 3:00pm, and you will
be running AutoNet then, use one of the following 'slow down' commands:

/MED Turns on MEDIUM SPEED mode. This basically waits for a
response from the Internet a little longer, and gives
the "long version" of all the Internet commands. Use this
if you KNOW the Internet will be sluggish during the time
you are running AutoNet. If the Net is REAL sluggish and
takes forever to run, use /SLOW instead.

/SLOW Turns on SLOW mode. This basically waits for a response
from the Internet a little longer, and gives the "long version"
of all the Internet commands.
Don't sit around and watch this... because it gets REAL

/SNAIL Turns on VERY SLOW mode. Five minutes to be exact. This is
for people with SERIOUS Internet problems, that get timeouts
too often for the other speeds. Do not use this unless
absolutely necessary. And don't sit around and watch this...
because you'll fall asleep!

/E71 This sets the modem to E71 parameters, instead of N81.
If you do not know what that means, consult your modem's
manual for additional help.

/INCDIR Include directory names when searching for new files. This is
great if you want to see any subdirectories that have new files

/PULSE Use pulse dialing instead of tone.

file.1 Runs an alternate agenda file (instead of the default AGENDA.1)
NOTE: Must have the ".1" extension!

file.CFG Tells Auto-Net to use a different config file. The default
is AUTONET.CFG, but sometimes, you may have a new account, etc...

file.LOG Tells Auto-Net to use a different log file. The default
is AUTONET.LOG, but sometimes you may not want to over-write
the old one.

Examples: autonet mainrun.1 /COM2 Runs the agenda MAINRUN.1 using com 2

autonet /INCDIR /COM2 /MED Runs the the default agenda (AGENDA.1)
using com 2, and includes all directories
when doing new file scans.

autonet mainrun.1 /COM2 /SLOW Runs the agenda MAINRUN.1 using com 2 and
goes in slow mode (for when the Internet
is sluggish)

======= MOUSE SUPPORT ====================================================

Supported mouse keys are:

Left Click on the ALT-X Exit statement on bottom to exit

Left Click on the F1 Help statement on bottom for the help screen

Left Click on the Fast/Med/Slow statement on bottom to change timeout value

Right Click anywhere for help screen

============== QUESTING SITES ============================================

Is your time valuable? If so, you don't have time to hunt through the
one MILLION different Internet sites out there!

Are you missing out?

PROBABLY, since most of those sites you haven't visited have some great
stuff. But looking through them even with a pretty WINDOWS interface
will take decades.

Solution: QUESTSITE [site]

This tells Auto-net to go visit a new site: [site], then open AN_QUEST.CAP
and get any msdos directories, README files, messages to ftp users,
windows files, unix files, and anything else of interest. Auto-Net stores
all this info into AN_QUEST.CAP in the following format:


Questing SITE:

Site contains:

drwxrwxr-x 4 ROOT ftp 512 Apr 1 16:22 agh
drwxrwxr-x 2 ROOT ftp 512 Apr 1 16:22 bin
drwxrwxr-x 3 ROOT ftp 512 Sep 16 16:09 ecuc94
drwxrwxr-x 2 ROOT ftp 512 Jul 12 15:57 etc
drwxr-xr-x 10 ROOT 1 1536 Aug 24 19:06 ifuj
drwxrwxr-x 11 4378 ftp 512 Sep 9 11:06 lfs
-rw-r--r-- 1 yskarock ftp 283754 Sep 26 08:04 ls-lR.Z
-rw-r--r-- 1 yskarock ftp 248868 Sep 26 08:04 ls-lR.gz
drwxrwxr-x 8 yskarock ftp 512 Apr 1 16:22 pub

Directory: /pub
-rw-rw-r-- 1 yskarock ftp 992 Aug 18 16:34 README
drwxrwxr-x 9 yskarock ftp 512 Aug 9 10:17 cyfronet
drwxrwxr-x 13 yskarock ftp 512 Jul 11 13:18 mirror
drwxrwxr-x 4 yskarock ftp 512 Sep 1 08:38 msdos
drwxrwxr-x 4 yskarock ftp 512 Sep 5 09:14 netinfo
drwxrwxr-x 10 yskarock ftp 512 May 12 16:34 tex-mex
drwxrwxr-x 6 yskarock ftp 512 May 23 10:18 unix

Mirrors located under ~ftp/pub/mirror directory.

win3 various Microsoft Windows utilities
from (via

msdos MS-DOS share/freeware programs (SimTel collection)
from (via

boombox PC utils to work over modem line

ncsa NCSA telnet and other net tools (for DOS and Windows)

unix-arcers archivers for Unix,

jpegs JPG viewers (for PC)

Note the directory listing of /pub and the root directory. Auto-Net
also searches for:

README README.NEWS README.txt 00Readme 0Newest.100
welcome welcome.msg .message /pub /ibmpc /news /windows /garbo /ftp /dos
/msdos /pc /PC /unix /usenet /software /systems /pub/ibmpc /pub/news
/pub/windows /pub/garbo /pub/simtel /pub/ftp /pub/dos /pub/msdos /pub/pc

Since all of those directories and files usually contain some GREAT stuff,
you'll have a very nice representation of what's on that site...

Also, if the Readme's, messages, etc. contain rules and regulations
for the site, you'll know them before logging on.

Included in the archive is QUEST.1, which is basically the MSDOS FTP
site list compiled into a Auto-Net agenda format. Just run it,
and then view AN_QUEST.CAP to see what goodies are out there waiting
for you to download!

========= WHILE AUTONET IS RUNNING... ====================================

Autonet is 100% stand-alone when operating. It has a thick bed
of logic that usually works very well.

The acceptable keystrokes while it's running are:

LEFT ARROW Activates the menu while in Terminal mode. Just
highlight an item, and press ENTER to send that
string to the terminal. To include your own custom
commands, just edit the file COMMANDS.ANT with any
text editor.

TAB Moves the bottom info screen down, and increases
the size of the terminal screen. You can move it
while the program is running, but it takes a second
for the screens to use their new sizes.

SHIFT-TAB Moves the bottom screen back up. NOTE: The bottom
blue window will NOT go farther up than 13 rows.

F1 Help screen.

F2 Pause. This will completely stop AutoNet's processing
until you press a key.

F3 Screen blanker. The screen will go completely
blank and wait for you to press F3 again. A little
black box will appear on the upper left corner.
This allows you to still see the cursor move, and
to make sure that AUTONET is still receiving info
from the modem.

F4 Remain at the current site. When AutoNet is done
at the current site (ie:,
It will sound a quick alarm that sounds like a phone
ringing, to alert you that you're UP! Then it drops
to terminal mode and allows you to edit/do things/
perform tasks that you need to at this particular

F5 Remain online after all processing is done. Once
AutoNet is completely through with the agenda, it
will stop and alert you (a cute alarm sound) that
you're UP! You can then visit a site, get SOUP
packets, or whatever else you needed to perform
before AutoNet logged you off.
Press ALT-Q stops the terminal mode, then logs you
out correctly.

F6 Immediate Timeout. If something goes wrong, and you
are tired of AutoNet just sitting there, waiting for
a timeout, you can press F6 and immediately time
him out. This is good for those FEW TIMES AutoNet
may run into something weird, and not know what to
do (The Internet IS unpredictable, ya know!)

F7 Change your TIMEOUT value. This toggles timeout
speed between Fast/Medium/Slow. Your info is updated
on the bottom status line.

F8 Immediately logs Auto-Net off the current FTP site,
and goes to the next one. NOTE: It will skip any
other commands between FTP sites (ie: newsletters,
downloads, etc...)

ALT - X Exits AutoNet immediately, and shuts down the modem.
This is a very quick, but rude method of shutting
the system down. It is preferable to use ALT-Q

ALT - T Terminal mode. The screen will burst into a full
terminal screen, and a little status line will appear
at the bottom. To exit Terminal mode, press ALT-Q

ALT - H Hang up the modem.

ALT - L Toggles the current Open/Closed state of the current
log file: AUTONET.LOG

ALT - C Clears the current terminal screen.

ALT - Q Exit Terminal mode.

During TEACH mode, press the '=' key to stop all teaching
prompts and windows.

================== USING THE AUTONET.CFG FILE ===========================

AutoNet.Cfg file tells AutoNet your basic preferences for running it.

These include:

THE PHONE NUMBER/NAME/ADDRESS of your Internet provider

Optionally, you can create your own "personal signature file" which contains
all this information, and your password is encrypted. This locks your
Internet information from prying eyes, and ensures no unauthorized access
to your account.

If the file: AUTONET.SIG exists, AutoNet reads in your info, then prompts
for your AutoNet password. NOTE: This is NOT your Internet password, but
rather one you will use to lock up AutoNet from other people.

Example: My Internet account is: [email protected] and my
password to log onto the Internet is: FRED

When I first start up AutoNet, it will prompt me for a
password. I enter: STARTUP, which is my AutoNet

AutoNet then says ok, and logs onto the site for me.

You can create your AUTONET.SIG by running AUTOFILE.EXE.
Just choose CONFIG and SIGNATURE from the main menu.

NOTE: If AUTONET.SIG exists, AutoNet will use it, and ask you for a password
before starting. Otherwise, AutoNet uses the regular AUTONET.CFG file.

If you do NOT want a signature file, do not create one.

The enclosed AUTONET.CFG should serve as an example. Please remember that
EVERYTHING is case sensitive. If you type in your name in UPPERCASE, then
it probably won't work. The Internet is very picky.

The possible lines are:

autonet = user name

No big explanation here. This is your user name
according to your Internet provider. This is
used to both log in the Net, and log onto various
ftp sites. = internet location

This is the second-half of your Internet address.
It's your actual provider's location. This is
used for logging into the Net, and onto various
ftp sites.

[email protected] = full address

Your FULL ADDRESS goes here (that's your user name + @ + location)

FRED = password

This is your password you use to log onto the
Internet provider.

ATZMS0=0 = modem init

Whatever your favorite modem initialization string
is, place it here. These can include things like
turning off Auto-Answer, turning down/up modem's
volume, or retrieving a setting from the modem's
memory. Consult your modem's manual for more

753-0015 = provider's phone number

Whatever the number is to your local provider.

30 = timeout value

This allows you to set up how long you want AutoNet
to wait when waiting for a prompt to answer its
last command. The default is 30 seconds, and
/MED will increase it to 60, and /SLOW will increase
it even more: to 90 seconds.
If Autonet does not get the default answer from the
Internet in the TIMEOUT time, it then looks for
alternate answers. If not found, it processes the
Be careful! REAL long timeout values will hang up
AutoNet for long periods of time doing nothing!

20 = max retries

The maximum number of retries you want AutoNet to
perform before giving up. Many times, if your
Internet carrier is busy, AutoNet will call
hundreds of times without stopping until it gets
through. This tells AutoNet how many times to
try your Internet carrier before giving up.

C:\RECEIVE = download directory

Many people have requested I include a "download directory"
so you can specify where you want downloaded files
to go. This line directs AutoNet to put received files
into C:\RECEIVE. NOTE: No trailing backslash!

GSZ.EXE port 2 rz = custom zmodem

Since some people have their own Zmodem program they like
better, AutoNet supports a "custom zmodem" string. This
is whatever you want typed on the command line when
a Zmodem download is started. The above example uses
Omen's Graphical Zmodem to download on COM2.


You can specify which com port you want to use inside your
agenda file. Valid ports are: COM1, COM2, COM3 and COM4


This tells AutoNet what speed you want to run at. Valid


This tells what provider you are using (so AutoNet knows what
to expect when loggin in). Currently, only two providers
can be specified: UNICOMP, NETCOM. All others will default
to logging on, waiting for a "login:" prompt, then a "Password:"
prompt. If your provider has a weird menu when you login, or
something other than those two prompts, you probably have to
write a short script.

========= SIM2AUTO.EXE ====================================================

The enclosed program SIM2AUTO converts SIMDIR.EXE output into AutoNet
readable, agenda format.

SimDir.exe is a program that takes the popular file: SIMINDEX.ZIP and
allows reading it, tagging files, and printing output to a file with
your requests.

In case you're not familiar with it, SIMINDEX.ZIP is available on most
large Internet sites. It's basically an ALLFILES list, that shows what
files the site has available for download. This is great, because instead
of wandering around the site, looking for decent files, you can download
this MONSTER file, and view it using SIMDIR

Variations include: FILES.IDX, SIMIDX.IDX, SIMIBM.IDX GAMES.IDX and so forth.

They are ALL comma-deliminated files that contain a pathname, another pathname,
a file, size, date/time, and occasionally a description (if you're lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ )

SIMDIR is a viewing utility for SIMINDEX files. It's available at most
big sites currently as 'SIMDIR22.ZIP'. Just download that file when you
find it, then wala... you're ready to view SIMINDEX files.

If you're using Windows, you can import SIMINDEX into a spreadsheet, like
MicroSoft excel or lotus.

To use SIMAUTO.EXE, just crank out SIMDIR, and view the latest SIMINDEX
from your favorite Internet site. Then write your favorite files to
disk using the [F7] option of SIMDIR.

SimDir will spit out a filename (that you chose) listing which files
you want, and what directory they are in.

Now use:
SIM2AUTO [filename] [location]

whereas filename is the file containing your [F7]'d written files from
SIMDIR. And location is the actual Internet site these files will be
located at.

NOTE: ALL SIMINDEX files do NOT have the correct path names inside them!
Most have something like: "/pub" for their first pathname, when actually,
the files are located in: /msdos/simtel/ or something similar.


Break out SIMDIR, and view the latest SIMINDEX from
Now when the highlite bar is over a cool file, press [F7] and
specify MYFILE.1 as the file you want this listing written to.

Now tag some more files, and they are added to MYFILE.1 !

Exit, then use: SIM2AUTO myfile.1

Wala.. a new AGENDA.1 file is created that will:
Go to the Internet site and get
the files you want.

Doesn't get any easier than that!

======= SCRIPT COMMANDS ==================================================

Most script commands are exactly like the regular commands used in
an agenda file. The commands are:

wait see above explanation

send see above explanation

download see above explanation

delete see above explanation

goto terminal see above explanation

RETURN returns to the original agenda. (similar to STOP,
but merely stops the script file)

See the enclosed FREDLOG.SCR and MYLOGIN.SCR for examples of scripts.

======= ADVANCED CONFIG ==================================================

The file ADVANCED.CFG contains all advanced features of Auto-Net that
can be turned on/off. Do *NOT* use this file unless you are comfortable
and familiar with Auto-Net. If in doubt, delete the file completely.

ADVANCED.CFG is a simple text file that lets you customize Auto-Net.
The character ';' on the line means it's a comment, and will be ignored.
Also, make sure the first word is LEFT JUSTIFIED on the line.

YES = BACK UP FILES is not okay

The format is:

Should Auto-Net use the advanced configuration?

Do you want to create backup files?

Toggle DTR on hangup?

Number of seconds between dial attempts?
How many seconds should Auto-Net wait
before it tries to redial?

Auto-Net can keep two types of log files:

Should we overwrite or append your log files?
OVERWRITE and APPEND are valid values...

Use sound effects when paging you?
NOTE: If you say 'no', then you will never hear
if Auto-Net pages you...

What do you want Auto-Net to do if the phone rings?

Use the status window at the bottom?

When done, Auto-Net displays final information about the agenda
that it ran. Do you want this extra info displayed?

What method do you want Auto-Net to perform for handshaking with
the Internet provider's modem? Options are:
NOTE: Be careful when changing this value

Check receive errors?

Use defined sites?
Auto-Net allows you to define your login name, password, timeout
value, hammering times, and more when FTP'ing to other sites.
If you want "customized logins" for your favorite sites, then
answer YES, otherwise, leave it at NO

Hang up string to use?

When Auto-Net hammers a site, it will normally try 30 times
before giving up. You can adjust that value here.

Auto-Net hammers a site only if it gets a "login failed"
message after doing a "anonymous". Sometimes the site
may give a "unreachable" or "timed out" message if doing
maintenance. If set to YES, Auto-Net will retry when it
gets those messages.

When starting up, AutoNet checks the specified COM port
to ensure it's valid. If you do NOT want it to check the
port, set this value to NO

When AutoNet is getting a file from a site, and the transfer
times out, AutoNet assumes that the site is REALLY running
slow, and logs off. By doing that, AutoNet ensures it won't
be downloading files for hours and hours from a site who is
running too slow for comfort.

AutoNet sends a "bye" command before an FTP if this is
set to yes. Usually, AutoNet sends a bye command only
to log you off a site. However, if you're having problems
with this, turn this to YES.
NOTE: If your provider uses "bye" as a logoff command,
do NOT turn this on.


What are pre-defined sites??

By default, Auto-Net logs into FTP sites as 'ANONYMOUS' using your user
id as the password. If you already have an account with the site,
you probably want to use your OWN name and OWN password.

Also, pre-defined sites let you SCHEDULE the days of the week/days
of the month to log into different sites. (IE: If you are looking
for the new version of F-PROT virus scanner, you definately don't
want to call EVERY DAY and look for it. With pre-defined sites,
you can schedule Auto-Net to call F-PROT's site on the FIFTH
of every month, or only on Wednesdays!)

Included in your package is SITEINFO.ANT, which holds your id's
and schedules for different sites. The format is:

1. The site's name
2. your login name
3. your password
4. timeout value to use at this site
(this resets your current TIMEOUT value
if '0' then the current Timeout value is not changed)
5. weekday to call the site (1=Sunday, 2=Monday, 3=Tuesday.....7=Saturday)
(use '0' if you don't want weekdays)
6. day of the month to call (2, 6, 18, 25)
(use '0' if you don't want days of the month)

For example:,[email protected],password,60,3,0

Site name
My login name
My password
Timeout value

A '3' means I want to call here only on Thursdays

A '0' tells Auto-Net not to use "days of the month"

More examples:,[email protected],password,100,0,0

When Auto-Net logs into, use [email protected] as the login name,
password as the password, and the TIMEOUT value for here is 100 (this
site is kinda slow...). Do NOT use Weekdays or days of the month.,[email protected],cool,30,0,21

When Auto-Net logs into, use [email protected]
as the login name, cool as the password, use 30 seconds as the
new TIMEOUT value, do NOT use weekdays, and only call if it's
the 21st of the month.

NOTE: If Months and Weekdays are both '0', then Auto-Net will ALWAYS
call the site (no matter what weekday or month day it is)
If TIMEOUT = 0 then the current timeout value will be used...

======= ARCHIE SEARCHES ==================================================

AutoNet allows doing archie searches via any archie site you want.
To perform a search, use the following line in your AGENDA file:

ARCHIE [filename]

Whereas filename is the file containing your archie sites, and what
you want to send to the archie server. All output is captured into
the file: ARCHIE.CAP

Here is the format of the archie file:

1. Archie sites you want searched
2. A line containing "COMMANDS:"
3. All the commands you want sent to the archie server
4. A line containing "RETURN", which instructs AutoNet to return
to its regular agenda.

type sub
find clinton

This tells AutoNet to telnet, and then send
"type sub" and then "find clinton" to the archie server it can
get onto. If AutoNet cannot log on, it goes
to, etc... until it gets through.

Please see the enclosed ARCHIE.CFG file for a good example.
Also, the enclosed agenda file ARCHMAIL.1 will show you how to
integrate mailing and archie into your regular agendas.

======= MAILING PEOPLE ====================================================

If you have mail to send, do it automatically! AutoNet allows mailing letters
without any user input. And you can mail letters to hundreds of people at a
time.. ideal for announcements, software releases, etc.

Use the following line in your AGENDA file:

MAIL [filename]

Whereas filename contains your recipients, the subject of the message,
and the actual text you want sent.

Here is the format of a mail file:

1. The word SUBJECT: following by a space, and the subject of your message
2. All your recipients
Each one should have a "TO:", a space, and their mailing address. The SHAREWARE
version of AutoNet only allows a maximum of three recipients, so that abuse
does not occur. I can see some kid mailing the same hate letter 5,000 times
to one person.. yuk! Only three people for now...
3. A line containing the word "TEXT:"
4. The actual text you want sent to each person. You can type up to 120 lines of text.
5. The word RETURN on the last line, which instructs AutoNet to return to the regular
AGENDA file.


SUBJECT: Testing123
TO: [email protected]
TO: [email protected]
Hey dude.. what's up?
I'll be out of town for the weekend with Sarah.
Give me a call Monday when I get back.
AutoNet's new MAIL feature is great!

This sends the lines under TEXT: to [email protected] and [email protected]
The subject of the message is Testing123.

AutoNet uses the VI editor on most Unix systems by sending: mail [address]
Then ending the message with a '.'
This may not work on all systems (but should be compatible with most).

Also, the enclosed agenda file ARCHMAIL.1 will show you how to
integrate mailing and archie into your regular agendas.

You can send files to any FAX machine by using the following format:

remote.printer.FIRSTLINE/[email protected][phone number, backward]

The first and second line are the header that will appear on the fax,
and the phone number backward looks like:
(that's my BBS number 1-214-606-1485)

So to fax my bbs:
remote.printer.DAVESMITH/[email protected]

That huge address would go in the TO: section of your MAIL.CFG, and you
can put anything you want in the SUBJECT section. Whatever is in your
TEXT: section will appear in the fax.

You can also post to USENET groups by sending the following format:

[email protected] - use dashes instead of dots in
groupname: alt-binaries-pictures
[email protected]

So if I wanted to post a great message to the group:,
I would have a MAIL.CFG like this:

TO: [email protected]
Autonet has a new support board:
The AntiVirus ROCK: 214-606-1485

======= TOO MANY CONFIG FILES! ============================================

FINGER allows you to obtain quick information from special fingering
sites, like weather, sports updates, database info, help screens plus

To FINGER in AutoNet, you must first create a FINGER.CFG file that

filename.ext = file name

This is what file name you want your finger information captured to.
To finger in a agenda file, it looks like:

cd /pub
new 10
finger [email protected]
cd /pub

Notice the finger line is exactly like you would normally type it in
on the Internet. Now the output is captured to your file specified

Example: In finger.cfg, you have:

fing12.cap = file name

Then fing12.cap will contain your information. Be sure to save it later,
so you don't lose the info.

======= USENET BINARY FILES ============================================

Usage: usenetdl [conference] [filename]

The Usenet messages offer a wealth of binary files free for download.
The BIG pain is combining the 10-15 messages into one main file,
then UUDECODing the humongous thing, and downloading it to your

AutoNet simplifies this by doing all that for you!

To begin with, let's go get some pornographic files (yea, yea..
I know. But there's some good looking women out there)

A sample Usenet conference listing from
would look like this:

Philip M. Herman 6 Love them women!
Artrocity! 34 - nikki01.jpg (1/2) {both} "NikkiDial"
Artrocity! 43 - nikki01.jpg (2/2) {both} "NikkiDial"
otariidae 4 Bingo067.jpg {male,black,average}
Philip M. Herman 1 Somebody please post oz-idx02

Ok.. you heard that NikkiDial is a very nice looking woman,
and of course, you gotta see if she looks that hot.
Your AGENDA line should look like:

usenetdl nikki01.jpg

NOTE: The file name is case sensitive. If NIKKI01.JPG was capitalized,
then you would use: usenetdl alt..... NIKKI01.JPG

That tells AutoNet to get nikki01.jpg from that conference...

To get the file, AutoNet uses the NN newsreader, and marks all
files with the string "nikki01.jpg" in them. We then UUdecode
the file, and mark it for later download.

There are several problems with this. If another message contains
that text, it could screw the filesave up (But usually doesn't...
NN newsreader is moderately intelligent in its decoding process)

And.. if the resulting file is NOT named nikki01.jpg then it won't
be downloaded properly.
I use the BINARY DOWNLOAD almost every day, and have had about a 90%

success rate (which is pretty good!)

Sample Usenet binary conferences are:


My favorite are: - One of the absolute best. Good luck
in getting on however, since its so
This site has several "mirrors", which
means that all the good files you'll find
here are carried elsewhere, too - My personal favorite. Plenty of things
to see and directories to wander around
inside! Lots of games:
cd /pub/msdos/games/arcade
cd /pub/msdos/games/misc
cd /pub/msdos/games/solutions
cd /pub/msdos/games/id
cd /pub/msdos/games/apogee
cd /pub/msdos/games/epic
cd /pub/msdos/games/New - has the newest AntiVirus scanner, F-PROT
cd /pub/antivirus - has great games and fun stuff.. but
hard to get on - Good antivirus programs. Carries the
virus-l digest also. - Great games and various msdos programs. - Very large site, plenty of new files
to choose from. You can spend a good
hour here just writing down good
cd /simtel/msdos/filedocs
get SIMLIST.ZIP - Mirrors a TON of other popular sites,
including and
cd /PC/wuarchive/games
cd /PC/wuarchive/cheats
cd /PC/wuarchive/utils
cd /PC/wuarchive/win_multimedia
cd /PC/wuarchive/windows
cd /PC/wuarchive/graphics
cd /PC/wuarchive/comm
cd /PC/wuarchive/sounds
cd /PC/wuarchive/shareware
cd /PC/wuarchive/gif - Lots of great Windows files
cd /win3
get last100uploads - Good games. Known as one of the
best sites for games, other than
cd /msdos/Games
get games.idx (GAMES LISTING) - A billion DOOMII files. If
you like the game DOOMII, hang
out here.

============== AUTO-NET AND OS/2 =========================================

To run AutoNet under OS/2, ensure the following settings:


WORKING DIRECTORY = (whatever dir you have it in)

Make sure it's a DOS full screen session

COM_SELECT = (whatever com port it's on)

I personally run my AutoNet sessions under OS/2 Warp (3.0) every day,
and it works fantastic. But since OS/2 is such a moody beast, you
might have to tweak it a little to get the optimum performance.

OS/2 especially has problems receiving characters over the modem
if your DOS session is in a box. That's why I recommend full
screen for DOS sessions.

============== THE INTERNET IS BUGGY! =====================================

If you use the Internet recently, you'll notice its buggy and highly
unreliable. Unlike most bulletin boards, it WILL lock up, not respond,
time itself out, sit there for no apparent reason, take forever to
sometimes transfer a file, etc.

Do NOT blame this program for things it obviously cannot account for,
like unexpected prompts, weird error codes, and other maladies.

======== WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS ==========================================

In the future, AutoNet will be able to:

Process duplicate files, so you don't look through the same
file list over and over and over.

Plus MORE! Give me your suggestions:

David Smith
Internet: [email protected]
CompuServe: 71441,2723
BBS: (214) 606-1485

1. Overview of AUTO-NET Internet Automation

What is AUTO-NET?

Welcome to the world of automation! For years, people have
been calling the Internet with elaborate Windows interfaces,
FTP'ing around, looking at files, and spending needless hours
staring at the computer.

People sit at the gopher sites, blind as a bat, not realizing
that MILLIONS of files await them via the FTP.

One problem however: IT TAKES TIME!

In fact, it takes forever... let's face it, the Internet is
by far not a fast and efficient interface. No pretty menus,
no reliable data transfer, no immediate access to files, and
by far not predictable.

Here comes Auto-Net: reliable automated file transfers, new
file searches, file retrieval, download, ftp and MORE.
Don't sit in front of the computer for HOURS looking for new
files, or that special file somewhere.. Let AUTO-NET do the
work for you!

2. How it works

Auto-Net calls your Internet host, logs in, then heads
out and does your requested agendas.

Agendas include:

ftp [site]

Go to a FTP site on the Internet. Once there,
you can obtain new files, download a file, and
change directories.
The logic involved here is:

SEND A 'FTP [site]' AND WAIT. If we timeout, send a CONTROL-Z
and log out with the "ugly method". A simple 'BYE' will not work
here, because most times, the site has completely lost track of
what its doing. It just sits and does nothing, and will eventually
timeout itself.. but we won't wait for that long process.
If we get a 'NAME?' prompt, or a 'PASSWORD', we will answer of
course. But another time out, and we will definately send a

cd /[directory]

Change to a directory on the Internet site.

If we cannot change to the directory, then obviously, we cannot
process a 'new' or 'GET' command. Therefore, we skip those
following commands, and go to the next directory or FTP.

get [filename]

Transfers a file to your local work area. Auto-Net
later downloads the file to your computer via DSZ.COM

We should immedately get some hash marks '#'. If we get one, then
the timeout value is reset.
moderately large, also.
A timeout during the file transfer will usually botch up a session,
since, if you send a CONTROL-C, most sites will log you out. And
of course a CONTROL-Z will knock you off the site.
Any suggestions will be appreciated about how to get around this

new [number of new files]

Gets a list of the last # of files in a directory
on a FTP site. This is fantastic for getting the
latest game files, .GIFs, etc from good sites on
the Internet.

To obtain the list, Auto-Net uses the Internet command 'LS -LT'
then reads in the first XXX number of files.

=========== SOME SUGGESTIONS ==============================================

Here are the ways I personally use AutoNet:

Since I run a bulletin board, I want some great new files, every
day. Right now, the game DOOM is very popular, so search for the newest
DOOM files from infant2.... site (listed above) on Monday and Friday.
I search for utility files on Tuesday and Thursday, and i check for new
games every other day.

My AGENDA.1 files look like:

cd /PC/wuarchive/gameutil
new 10
cd /PC/wuarchive/sounds
new 20
cd /PC/wuarchive/cdrom
new 6
.. etc etc etc...

When I find a file that looks interesting, I stick it in my TO DOWNLOAD
section the following day:

cd /PC/wuarchive/gameutil
get game_demo.exe
cd /PC/wuarchive/sounds
get OUCH.wav
get toobad.wav
cd /PC/wuarchive/cdrom

If the file contains a FILE_ID.DIZ or DESC.SDI, I immediately virus
scan it, then import it into my board. The other files, I trash.
I can usually average 20-60 new files every day, but my AGENDA.1
file becomes HUMONGOUS sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

A great thing to do is have several files: MON.1 TUE.1 WED.1, etc...
then use: COPY MON.1 AGENDA.1 or COPY TUE.1 AGENDA.1 depending on
which day it is. That way, you can do a new file scan every day,
and search for different stuff every single day of the week.

If I KNOW the Internet will be slow and sluggish during the time
I will run my agenda, I use: AUTONET /SLOW to ensure the damn thing
doesn't time out every five seconds.

But if it's early in the morning, and the Internet is running real
good, I use: AUTONET.EXE with no arguments. That sticks it in
FAST mode, and it really hauls butt!

============= KNOWN BUGS ==================================================

REMEMBER: The Internet (and AutoNet) is CASE SENSITIVE. You cannot
convert something to lower/upper case.. leave it the way
you found it!

Print out the examples, and follow them closely.

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