FILE TRANSFERS USING KERMIT
Kermit is a very popular dialup
communication program developed by University of Columbia. In
large part it is used as a file transfer protocol and is ported
on just about any platform.
In your case, you can use it for
uploading a file from your PC to VSNL and vice versa. In datacom
terminology, when you are sending a file to VSNL you are
uploading. In this case, the VSNL server or host computer is
receiving the file. When you are receiving a file from VSNL, you
are downloading, and VSNL's server is sending the file to your
SENDING FILES TO VSNL
If you want to transfer files to
VSNL, either text or binary files, you could use C-KERMIT to
accomplish that. From the First Menu select option "5"
and you will have the C-Kermit> prompt. At this prompt, type
"receive". Then return back to your PC, and activate
sending the file by using the kermit command. In case of Telix
and Procomm Plus you can use <PgUp> key and select Kermit
as the protocol to upload the file. The communication software
will then ask for the name of the file to be sent. Give the full
path and filename and press <Enter> and the transfer
process will commence.
When the transfer is over, the
software will inform you.
Now the file you uploaded is in
your account at VSNL and you can use it for either reading into
Pine if it is a text file or attaching to an Email message in
Pine, if it is binary.
RECEVING FILES FROM VSNL
Suppose you want to receive a file
from VSNL which you have downloaded by FTP or by Lynx to your
account. Enter C-Kermit, and at the prompt, issue the command:
At this point return to your
computer. If you have made connection via Telix or Procomm Plus,
press the <PgDn> key and select Kermit to be the file
transfer protocol. As soon as you select Kermit the file transfer
process will commence and you will have the file on your computer
in the download directory, which by default usually is the Telix
or Procomm Plus directory.
SERVER MODE OF FILE TRANSFER TO AND FROM VSNL
In some ways it is preferable to
issue the commands to send and receive the files from your
computer software, and then to issue the commands at the server
as you have done in the above two examples. This can be done by
putting C-Kermit in the server mode. To do this, issue the
at the C-Kermit prompt. Then, in
case of Procomm Plus, you can press Alt-K and get into the Kermit
server command mode. This has four options:
1) get 3) finish
2) send 4) logout
If you choose the "get"
command, it will ask you for the filename to get from the server,
which may be sitting in your account. After you give the filename
it will start the transfer process and bring the file to your
If you choose "send",
then it will ask for the filename to send. Give the full path of
the file, and the Kermit server will transfer the file from your
computer to your VSNL account.
After you finish this process
choose 3 to finish and get back to C-Kermit prompt. In case of
VSNL the option 4 does not work as you cannot logout from
C-Kermit prompt directly. You have to logout via option 10 of the
First Menu, instead.
Kermit file transfers are slow and should be used only if no other option is available.
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