Category : Network Files
Archive   : PKTD11.ZIP
Filename : GOPHER.DOC

Output of file : GOPHER.DOC contained in archive : PKTD11.ZIP

Gopher client for IBM PC

Version 1.1 of the PC Gopher client is now available by anonymous
FTP from in the directory

About Gopher:

The Internet Gopher is a distributed document delivery service.
It allows a neophyte user to access various types of data
residing on multiple hosts in a seamless fashion. This is
accomplished by presenting the user a hierarchical arrangement
of documents and by using a client-server communications model.
In addition to browsing through hierarchies of documents, gopher
users can submit queries to gopher search servers. The search
servers typically have full-text indexes for a set of gopher
documents; the responce to a query is a list of documents that
matched the search criteria.

Internet Gopher servers accept simple queries (sent over a TCP
connection), and respond by sending the client a document or a
list of documents. Since this is a distributed protocol there can
be many servers... but the client software hides this fact from
the user. We currently use this technology at the University of
Minnesota to help support microcomputer users... a couple of gopher
servers have 6000-7000 computer Q&A items that users can search
for answers to their questions. In addition, there are also gopher
servers with recipes and other fun stuff.

The PC Gopher client runs on most networked PCs, but requires that
you have loaded the appropriate Clarkson packet driver for your network
ethernet card. The PC gopher software has a TurboVision user interface
so both keyboard and mouse are supported... and you don't need to run
MS Windows.

If you want more information about the Gopher protocol, you can anonymous
FTP to and look in the /pub/gopher directory tree.
Currently there are gopher clients for Mac, PC and Unix (curses-based)
available from the University of Minnesota. The University of St. Thomas
wrote a NeXT gopher client available for anonymous ftp from (
directory gopher, file Gopher_1.0b.tar.Z (51605 bytes).

You can subscribe to a mailing list for announcemnets of new gopher
servers and software by sending a request to:
[email protected]

You can send e-mail to the gopher development team at:
[email protected]

Daniel A. Torrey
Distributed Services and Planning
Computer and Information Services
University of Minnesota
[email protected]

  3 Responses to “Category : Network Files
Archive   : PKTD11.ZIP
Filename : GOPHER.DOC

  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.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: