Using and Managing UUCP

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UUCP, a UNIX program with a long history, remains interesting even today because it is a simple way to share resources and transfer files from one computer to another. It runs over dial-up lines with a minimum of overhead. UUCP became popular because of its use by the Usenet, but it remains popular today because it works well on small systems with limited resources. The proliferation of PC-sized machines in small offices and homes, especially those that run the Linux operating ...

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Overview

UUCP, a UNIX program with a long history, remains interesting even today because it is a simple way to share resources and transfer files from one computer to another. It runs over dial-up lines with a minimum of overhead. UUCP became popular because of its use by the Usenet, but it remains popular today because it works well on small systems with limited resources. The proliferation of PC-sized machines in small offices and homes, especially those that run the Linux operating system, has caused a resurgence of interest in UUCP.

This book combines material about UUCP formerly contained in two other O'Reilly & Associates books, Using UUCP and Usenet and Managing UUCP and Usenet. UUCP and Usenet are sufficiently separated now to make it inefficient to discuss them both in the same book. On the other hand, it now makes sense to combine information about using and managing UUCP in one volume, because on PC-sized systems, the user and the manager of UUCP are likely to be the same person. With this book, everything you need to know about UUCP is in one volume.

Using & Managing UUCP contains up-to-date information about HoneyDanBer UUCP (officially called Basic Networking Utilities or BNU). It also contains product-specific information about the UUCP implementations of the major UNIX vendors. More important, Using & Managing UUCP covers Taylor UUCP, a new implementation that ships with Linux distributions. So this book is of special importance to the growing number of individuals running Linux on their home or office computers.

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An updated edition of information on this UNIX file transfer program. Includes an introduction to the basics, remote commands, Unix-to-Unix Copy (UUCP) requests, logging in on a remote system, e-mail, UUCP administration, setting up a link, access and security, and troubleshooting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565921535
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/8/1996
  • Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Dougherty is the publisher of the O'Reilly Network and Director of O'Reilly Research. Dale has been instrumental in many of O'Reilly's most important efforts, including founding O'Reilly & Associates with Tim O'Reilly. He was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers, and he was O'Reilly & Associates' first editor. Dale has written and edited numerous books at O'Reilly & Associates. Dougherty is a Lecturer in the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) at the University of California at Berkeley.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction to Using UUCP 1
2 File Transfer 7
3 Executing Remote Commands 19
4 Checking on UUCP Requests 27
5 Logging In on a Remote System 37
6 Using Electronic Mail 61
7 Introduction to UUCP Administration 69
8 How UUCP Works 75
9 The Physical Connection 91
10 Setting Up a UUCP Link 125
11 Making Sure the Link Works 177
12 Access and Security Considerations 203
13 UUCP Administration 247
14 Troubleshooting UUCP 269
App. A Useful Shell Scripts and Programs 285
App. B The Spool Directory/Working Files 291
App. C Status and Error Messages 309
App. D UUCP for Non-UNIX Platforms 321
App. E Sendmail and UUCP 325
App. F News and UUCP 335
App. G The UUCP Mapping Project 339
App. H UUCP Management Tools 345
App. I Setting Up a Modem 349
App. J UUCP Protocol Internals 359
App. K The UUCP g Protocol 365
App. L Other Resources 385
Index 391
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