sources vs. binaries
harper at nic.funet.fi
Thu Dec 19 04:31:41 EST 1991
In <1991Dec19.020836.10263 at redpoll.neoucom.edu> red at redpoll.neoucom.edu (Richard E. Depew) writes:
*> That's my point. Because they are uuencoded, they can't be read
*> from with rn. They aren't *readable* source code. They are
*> binaries that may contain source code.
If you read high volume groups like cbip then ALL of the postings
are in UUENCODED format. If you have a newsreader like nn then you
can highlight the messages that go together to make up a programme
and on the command line enter :decode and the newsreader will, strip
the headers from the article paste all the section together and decode
the resulting file for you to give a zip file or whatever.
You also give the impression that UUENCODING is something "strange"
and I do not think this is true. Both the EMBL and MENUDO software
servers distribute programmes via E-mail and the ONLY way to do this
is to send the files in UUENCODED format. If you are running rn then
you must be on a Unix machine. Do a "man uudecode" and I am sure
you will find that both uuencode and uudecode are implimented on you
machine. If you do not have them then I can tell you where to get
them via ftp.
*> Actually, I'd be pleased. I'd have saved weeks of scanning. Are
*> you disappointed when nothing shows up in news.announce.important?
Really? If you have bionet.software.sources flaged in your .newsrc
then you should be told automagicily when new postings arrive,
and it does not require any searching at all... least that is the
way it operates with nn.
*> bionet.software.sources is a fine group. It is just misnamed.
*> Call it bionet.software.binaries and I'd be happier. A *real*
*> sources group would look something like comp.sources.reviewed,
*> with source code in shar format which can be read by newsreaders
*> without decoding, unzipping, or other translation from a binary
*> format. But then, maybe I'm just a grump. :-)
I make a confession I do not have shar. Eliot Lear was supposed
to send it to me fom Genbank, but it has not arrived. I suppose
I will have to look for it with archie, and get it installed.
Hmmm I wonder how many UUE folks will be able to UNSHAR shar files:-)
Rob "you can please some of the peple some of the time
but not all of the people all of the time" Harper
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