DOS program MARKER.UUE
harper at nic.funet.fi
Sun Nov 17 10:53:38 EST 1991
In <199111170408.AA17447 at Menudo.UH.EDU> Davison at UH.EDU (Dan Davison) writes:
*>Now, Fote, Rob, Rainer, Don, Dave, any ideas of how to test this
*>electronically? I could get a disk from Fote with the suspect files, I
*>suppose. I would really like to track this down.
There are other ways of encoding files "atob" has been tried
but I have heard that it gags on certain systems. The RED
TRICKLE servers use both UUE and UXX encoding. I have used both
and they have not given any trouble. Indeed the UXX code is highly
recommended for transfering files to the UK. With UXX there are
no obscure characters used like tilde or carat that get trashed
at gateways. The trouble is that we have "educated" biologists
to use the standard "EMBL-UUE" tools, and any new coding system
might be difficult to introduce.
I could easily see people trying to use UUE to decode UXX files
and then complaining when things did not work.
As a small experiment I sent a UXX file to Fotes, and did not give
him a hint as to what it was, and did not provide him with any tools
to decode the file with. I was surprised that within a couple of days
he had cracked it, starting from scratch. I expect he cracked it
since he was interested in the subject, but I wonder how many other
scientists would go to the trouble of hunting done the tools to get
the job done.
Rainer has done some good work to produce a decoder that works very
well over the network, and since it is the "standard" I think we
should stick with that. However in the MSDOS world Richard Marks
has a very nice decoder that will do either UUE or UXX.
I think I have the source code for UXX on a VAX, and I have
promised to send it Fotes... if he as the time and the energy
then perhaps he could incorporate it into the EMBL.src to make
both options available.
Rob "don't mess with a winning team" Harper.
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