Lynx 2.0.12 now available!

Rob Harper Rob.Harper at
Mon Nov 8 03:51:30 EST 1993

I suppose many people are becoming interested in WWW/Xmosaic
For those of you who do not have Xwindows capabilities and
would like to experiment with the World Wide Web then Lynx
will highlight options within a hypertext document and allow
you to select them by moving through the text with the tab key.

Get it if you wont give up your VT100 terminal;-)

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Lynx Ver. 2.0.12 is now available for anonymous ftp from    as   /pub/lynx/lynx2-0-12.tar.Z

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Lynx is a distributed hypertext browser with full World Wide Web
and Gopher capibilities.  For an explanation of features and a demo, 
telnet to "" and login as "www".

This release of Lynx has been compiled by me on the following platforms:

 o  IBM (AIX 3.2)
 o  DEC Ultrix
 o  DEC Alpha OSF/1
 o  Sun 4
 o  NeXT (Mine is an older version of NeXTStep, but it should work 
          with newer ones too.)
 o  VMS (Multinet)

This release is rumored to compile on the following platforms:
 o  HP-UX (snake)
 o  Solaris 2
 o  SVR4
 o  VMS (UCX)
 o  SGI 
 o  SUN 3
 o  AIX 3.1
 o  NeXTStep 3.x

Binaries for the following platforms are available:

 o  IBM (AIX 3.2, will work with 3.1 as well)
 o  Ultrix
 o  Alpha OSF/1
 o  Sun 4
 o  VMS (Multinet)
A listserv list has been created for the distribution of
Lynx related information and updates.
  o  Lynx-Dev at
Send a subscribe request to listserv at to
be added to the list.  All new releases will be anounced on this
list.  Please do not send subscribe requests to the the Lynx-Dev
list directly.

    The following new features have been added:

* added preliminary level 1 forms support.
  (Parsing and user display works, but nothing else)
  I'm looking for input on the forms interface!
* interuptable I/O added.  Hit the 'a' key for "abort" during
  transfers.  Its a little flakey right now during connections,
  but it works most of the time :)  
* local HTML documents ending in .html can now be referenced with
  just a filename and/or path from the command line.
* Added preloaded searches to gopher URL's.  They previously
  didn't work.  This is readily apparent as preloaded CSO
  searches, which alot of people wanted. (bug?)
* added descriptive subject lines to files mailed from lynx
* added "X-within-URL" mail header line to specify which
  URL from which files, comments, and mailto links are sent from.
* The user's specified editor is now spawned for mail messages.
  If no editor is defined or if the user is anonymous, the built-in 
  lynx mail sender is used.
* added progress messages to all transfers.
* added -cache=# command line option to specify the number
  of WWW documents cached in memory.
* added VMS port fixes from Foteos Macrides.  Lynx now
  compiles and works on VMS! (bug?)
* Moved many configuration options including printer setup to 
  lynx.cfg file.  The default placement of the lynx.cfg file
  will be /usr/local/lib & sys$public.  Printers can now be
  configured without recompiling!
* Removed STARTDIR variable from userdefs.h  STARTDIR is now inferred
  from the STARTFILE. (doesn't effect HTML files)
* Ported to SVR4 courtesy of Nickolay Saukh (from Russia, Wow this is
  really getting around!) 
* Uneditable documents don't get refetched. (Nickolay Saukh)
* National language support through LOCALE
  (instead of ISOLATIN1), protected by #ifdef LOCALE (Nickolay Saukh)

   A partial list of bugs that have been fixed

* disabled FTP connection caching to help fix multiple FTP problems
* fixed a bunch of gopher holes
* gopher lists are turned into URL's now instead of lynx
  internal format document links
* removed old hytelnet compatibility code which looked in
  multiple directories to find the correct file.  If you still
  need this capibility talk to me.
* changed all static data structures to be dynamic
  This was a pretty major change of code which may add several
  bugs. :)
* rewrote parse_links routine to make it more efficient and to
  work with dynamic structures.
* added VMS port fixes from Foteos Macrides.  Lynx now
  compiles and works on VMS!
* fixed ftp bug in WWWlib that didn't de-escape URL's before
  sending request to FTP server.
* fixed coredump bug for some files with no links.
* Fixed bug with only one link selectable out of many on the last line
  of the display.

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