PASSPORT's Kermit & KERMIT32
PASSPORT version R03 introduces the KERMIT error checking file transfer protocol. The introduction of KERMIT allows PASSPORT to transfer files to and from virtually every mainframe, mini and microcomputer system. In addition to PASSPORT's internal Kermit support, the package includes KERMIT32 that is run from MTM or PPFG. PASSPORT's Kermit implements local functionality and KERMIT32 implements remote functionality. The following table outlines the capabilities of both the internal Kermit support and KERMIT32.
PASSPORT/KERMIT32 List of Features
Our KERMIT implementation closely follows the command structure as defined by Columbia University's Center for Computing Activities. PASSPORT's comprehensive command set includes 54 commands for its internal Kermit support. Equally impressive is KERMIT32's repertoire of 35 commands. The sophisticated multi-level help system allows you to navigate through the commands with ease. At any point you can type ? followed by a return to receive help on the command you are entering. After you receive the help display, the command you entered, minus the ?, is presented for you to continue typing. What could be easier?
Using its sophisticated automatic mode, Kermit successfully sends or receives a group files consisting of a mixture of text and binary modes. Additionally, Kermit may send a group of files using OS/32 wildcards, or a select file. Kermit recovers from an error on a file and goes on to the next file without requiring user intervention. It keeps a log of the files transferred, showing the file name, any error recovery and the data throughput. Automatic file renaming prevents overwriting of local files. Invalid filenames are automatically converted to legal OS/32 format.
Our Kermit supports all three methods of checksum as defined by Columbia University's Kermit protocol definition. It sends and receives 8-bit data through a 7-bit channel using the 8th-bit prefixing mechanism. For improved throughput it sends and receives data with repeated characters replaced by a prefix sequence. In addition the long packet protocol extension boost throughput even more. Our Kermit is capable of logging packet traffic in the unlikely event that you encounter problems.
KERMIT32 supports the server mode, accepting commands to send or receive files, and to shut itself down. In addition, it supports the Remote CWD, Directory, Delete, Kermit (Set, Show and Take), Type and Help commands. KERMIT32 can automatically interrupt sending or receiving a file upon detection of errors. It also responds to interrupt requests from the other side.
PASSPORT's Kermit is capable of sending commands to a server, and handling all possible responses. It can parse and send remote Kermit and Host commands. It allows you to interrupt sending or receiving a file or group of files during the transfer. It supports login scripts in addition to Raw download/upload. All in all a very sophisticated implementation of Kermit.
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