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PASSPORT


 

Stuart Baker Software presents -- PASSPORT version R03, a powerful telecommunications program that virtually eliminates the barriers between dissimilar systems. Requires Concurrent Computer Corporation's OS/32 version R06-02.4 or later, with the BIOC or CTD driver. This program allows connection to, and file transfers between, a Concurrent OS/32 system and almost any other computer using standard asynchronous connections. Using the Kermit or Xmodem error checking protocols, you can transfer files to or from an IBM mainframe, a DEC VAX, or even a PC. The possibilities are almost limitless since the Kermit file transfer protocol is available on most computers from micros to mainframes. Of course, OS/32 to OS/32 connections are a snap. This product is year 2000 ("Y2K") compliant. We can supply everything you need, including cables for modems or processor-to-processor connections.

You connect to a remote computer using standard asynchronous communications lines. These connections may be dedicated or dial-up lines using speeds up to 38,400 bps. PASSPORT controls two ports on your OS/32 system. One port is connected to your terminal or a dial in line, and the other is a dedicated link to a remote system or a dial out line, allowing connection to the world. The two ports can run at different speed and parity settings. For example, a 1200 bps dial in line can control a 38,400 bps dedicated link with no loss of data, provided that the remote system supports XON/XOFF flow control.

Through PASSPORT you appear to be directly connected to the remote system. All data is passed transparently between systems. You can run any application supported by your terminal (e.g. graphics, RELIANCE, full screen editors). You access PASSPORT through the PassPort ForeGround monitor (PPFG). PPFG controls the security and startup of all PASSPORT sessions. Command files make starting PASSPORT simple. Users do not need to know system-dependent communications parameters.

PASSPORT's powerful script language and batch file handling give you tremendous capability. PASSPORT has a rich command set, consisting of 97 commands. Of the 97 commands, 11 can only be used from within script files and 54 control the Kermit environment.

PASSPORT requires OS/32 revision R06-02.4 or later. The OS/32 system must be sysgened to support intercepts, temporary files and the BIOC or CTD driver. PASSPORT is completely compatible with all revisions of OS/32 from R06-02.4 through the R09-02.

PASSPORT offers much more than just sophisticated telecommunications. Review the following program list to see all of the exciting benefits you get when you license PASSPORT. The PASSPORT package contains the following programs:


PPFG -- PassPort ForeGround Monitor

PPFG controls security and execution of all PASSPORT sessions. PPFG runs in the foreground and is accessed from permanently assigned terminals, the MTM foreground interface or the San Diego Environment Control Monitor (SDECM). Users of permanently assigned terminals are required to go through an attempt-limited interactive signon. Users from SDECM are required to go through an interactive signon that is time and attempt limited. This signon procedure is similar in format to MTM's interactive signon.

Once a user is accepted onto the system he can issue commands that start a copy of PASSPORT, KERMIT32, XMODEM32, SBSVIEW, SBSMAIL or SPELL. PPFG monitors for End-of-Task on all tasks it loads. Upon detection of EOT, PPFG returns the terminal to its original environment.


PASSPORT -- Telecommunications Facility

PASSPORT runs only from PPFG. PASSPORT performs all communications between your terminal and the remote system. In addition to providing a transparent data path, PASSPORT supports file transfers using the Kermit and Xmodem error checking protocols. PASSPORT's internal Kermit acts as a "local user" Kermit (for "remote server" see KERMIT32 below). PASSPORT's powerful script files allows automation of complex tasks. Signon and file transfers can be performed with a single command. Parameter passing and five levels of nesting allow you to create general purpose scripts that tailor their function at the time of execution.


KERMIT32 -- File Transfer Utility

KERMIT32 runs as a "remote" or "remote server" from MTM or PPFG. KERMIT32 performs file transfers over asynchronous communication lines. This is an implementation of Columbia University's Center for Computing Activities Kermit protocol. KERMIT32 allows MTM users to transfer data between their OS/32 system and another OS/32 system (running PASSPORT) or virtually any mainframe, minicomputer and microcomputer that supports the Kermit protocol.

KERMIT32 supports Text and Binary file transmission, error detection by checksums, and automatic error recovery. It boasts a powerful automatic mode that selects file type and transfer mode based upon the file extension. To transfer files between MTM and another computer, you must have a compatible program running on that system, such as PASSPORT for OS/32 or MS-Kermit for IBM-PCs. For additional information on KERMIT32, refer to the KERMIT32 Product Description page.


XMODEM32 -- File Transfer Utility

XMODEM32 runs from MTM or PPFG. XMODEM32 performs file transfers over asynchronous communication lines. This is an implementation of Ward Christensen's CP/M User's Group XMODEM file transfer protocol. XMODEM32 allows MTM users to transfer data between their system and another OS/32 system (running PASSPORT) or virtually any microcomputer that supports the XMODEM protocol.

XMODEM32 supports Text, Vertical Forms Control (VFC), and Binary file transmission, error detection by checksums, and automatic error recovery. To transfer files between MTM and another computer, you must have a compatible program running on that system, such as PASSPORT for OS/32 or the popular PC-Passport for IBM-PCs. XMODEM32 is upward compatible with the XMODEM file transfer program found on most Computer Bulletin Board Systems. When you use PC-Passport to connect to MTM, XMODEM32 is capable of automatically initiating the file transfer on your PC, thus allowing you to transfer multiple files with ease. For additional information on KERMIT32, refer to the XMODEM32 Product Description page.


SBSVIEW/PTRCNF -- File View and Search Utility

SBSVIEW runs from MTM or PPFG. SBSVIEW allows you to view the contents of a file on your terminal. You can scroll through the file or jump to a specific line or page. The offset command allows viewing files with a record length that exceeds your terminal width. If you are using a 6312 or other compatible terminal, you can print selected portions of the file that you are viewing to a printer that is attached to your terminal. If you are using PC-Passport, you can print to a printer attached to your PC or any other device or file on your system. The associated PTRCNF program allow you to create and maintain complex printer configuration files. This program functions with PC-Passport or a CCUR 1251/6312 terminal as well as the WYSE60, DEC VT100 and the Lear Siegler ADM 12 plus terminals.


SBSMAIL -- Foreground Mail Utility

SBSMAIL runs from MTM or PPFG. SBSMAIL allows you to send and receive mail through the Interchange MAILBOX program. You can mark letters as personal, send the same letter to several people, and request return responses. Letters can be spooled out to a disk file for archive purposes.


USERID/USERVALD -- AUF Maintenance Utility

USERID is run from MTM in account 255. This program allows your system administrator to maintain the USERID.AUF file. The USERID.AUF file allows PPFG to establish system-wide security. The associated USERVALD program allows additional system security including encrypted secondary passwords.


SDECM -- San Diego Environment Control Monitor

SDECM is a replacement for the standard OS/32 ECM. It allows BIOC and ITAM lines to control the same physical device with automatic selection of BIOC for MTM and ITAM for RELIANCE. In addition, it supports a unique GETLINE function that allows PASSPORT to obtain dial lines for outbound calling. This eliminates the need to have separate lines dedicated to outbound calling.


DIAL -- Auto Dialing Interface Task

DIAL resides in the foreground and handles interfacing to the auto dial driver(s). It creates a pseudo-device called AUTO:DIALER and handles all dialing requests, including coordination of simultaneous requests. Dialing requests are based upon standard device names, eliminating the need for system-dependent knowledge in application programs. Additionally, DIAL provides an interface for applications running under MTM, providing auto dialing without special coding.

The HSDL driver communicates with Hayes or compatible modems that support the AT command set. Communication is accomplished through the port that is connected to the Hayes modem. This driver works in conjunction with the BIOC or CTD drivers. One copy of the driver controls all of the Hayes-compatible modems on the system. The VADL driver communicates with a Racal-Vadic VA831 dialer interface. Communication to the dialer is accomplished through a dedicated RS-232C port to the Racal-Vadic VA831 interface.


System Memory Requirements

The following tables display memory sizes rounded to the nearest 2 KB. The minimum resident memory requirement for four lines is 24.00 KB. The maximum size of 36 KB controls 40 lines. Auto dial support adds an additional 8.00 KB. These tasks remain present in memory when the PASSPORT system is operational. As you run programs from PPFG the memory requirements increase only for the duration of the session. The following table defines memory requirements of the PASSPORT system.

Local Resident Portion:

PPFG:

24.00

KB (Mandatory -- 4 Lines)

DIAL:

8.00

KB (Optional)

Total:

32.00

KB

Temporary requirements during remote system connection:

Local System:

PASSPORT:

80.00

:P KB

 

36.00

:I KB

First User Total:

116.00

KB

Additional Users:

36.00

KB

 

Remote System:

KERMIT32:

36.00

:P KB

XMODEM32:

18.00

:P KB

 

20.00

:I KB

 

10.00

:I KB

First User Total:

56.00

KB

First User Total:

28.00

KB

Additional Users:

20.00

KB

Additional Users:

10.00

KB

Contrast these memory requirements with the bloatware so common today!


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