Dave Shepperd and I are working on a file transfer utility that can up- or download files from the 800 to the VAX. It will work similarly to the existing MDxx, TTVAX, DNLD, or whatever it's called this week, which Dave Getreu's group has been using. Now here's the problem: We would like to support text files too, but we aren't sure what translation of ASCII to ATASCII will be least harmful. In the absence of input from you folks, we will implement the ATPIP conversion, with the exception that any files sent up to the VAX will be type "stream_lf" (unix), because Dave is writing the VAX end in C and thats what it writes. Other possibilities include full conversion to ASCII, including stripping D7 (no inverse video), sending "carriage-return,linefeed", etc. Or do we just give up? Please send suggestions to me via VAXmail. Mike p.s. just to forestall the inevitable, yes we have considered the XMODEM (alias MODEM7, AMODEM, Christensen protocol, etc.), but the actual first customers for this beast have a PDP-11 running TSX, and it doesn't like 8-bit "ascii", so nogo.
Mar 08, 1984