Search and Retrieve files from Garbo Archives by gopher

Dan Jacobson danj at
Tue May 18 12:22:11 EST 1993

You can now search the one-line descriptions of the DOS programs on
Garbo ftp archive and retrieve the program at the same time.
It goes like this:

Point your gopher client at and select the

 -->  14. Search and Retrieve Software/

  -->  4.  Search and Retrieve DOS Software/

    -->  2.  Retrieve DOS programs from Garbo - one line descriptions  <?>

Now search this for your favorite topic - lets try:


And you see quite a few programs that deal with disks - 
so let's narrow it down a bit -  so lets say that what you really want 
to know about programs that deal with disk space - so you type:

disk and space

which gives us the following:

 -->  1.    Clean-Files v2.3; wipes out unused data space.. <Bin>
      2.  df.zoo          Show free disk space  <Bin>
      3.     Free v2.00; show free disk space  <Bin>
      4.  reducer2.lzh    Save space on hard disk by archiving subdirs .. <Bin>

If you select this item we will be asked for a file name and the entire
program will be retrieved and put on your hard disk.

So in short:

          2.  Retrieve DOS programs from Garbo - one line descriptions

                Will search a database of one-line descriptions of the
                files in the Garbo archive.  Once you have located a 
                program(s) with this search you can simply retrieve the 
                whole program by selecting it from the search results.  
                You may use booleans (and, or, not) and wildcards (*) to 
                design your search,  'or' is implied if no other operators 
                (and, not) are given.  

I announced a similar service a couple weeks ago which uses the descriptions
of the files in the SIMTEL archives.  There was a bug/feature that used a 
period (.) as a boundary between words - ie the following:  

was viewed as two words, so if you searched for you would
hit everything that had free200 or zip - (this was a problem as a large 
portion of the archives are .zip files, .arc files etc.).  Or if you searched 
for just zip you'd get all the .zip files.  Well this has been fixed now, 
periods are no longer taken as word delimters for either the Simtel or the 
Garbo search and retrieve tools.

If you've never heard of gopher don't worry it free and on the net,
I'm including some information below to help you get started.

Happy Searching,

Dan Jacobson

danj at


                          Gopher Info

This is a heavily edited version of the Gopher FAQ intended to
give people just starting with gopher enough information to get a
client and jump into Gopher-space - a complete version can be obtained
as described below.  

Dan Jacobson

danj at


Common Questions and Answers about the Internet Gopher, a
client/server protocol for making a world wide information service,
with many implementations.  Posted to comp.infosystems.gopher, 
comp.answers, and news.answers every two weeks.

The most recent version of this FAQ can be gotten through gopher, or
via anonymous ftp:

Those without FTP access should send e-mail to mail-server at
with "send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources" in the body to find out
how to do FTP by e-mail.

List of questions in the Gopher FAQ:

Q0:  What is Gopher?
Q1:  Where can I get Gopher software?
Q2:  What do I need to access Gopher?
Q3:  Where are there publicly available logins for Gopher?
Q4:  Who Develops Gopher Software?
Q5:  What is the relationship between Gopher and (WAIS, WWW, ftp)?
Q6:  Are papers or articles describing Gopher available?
Q7:  What is veronica?

Q0:  What is Gopher?

A0:  The Internet Gopher client/server provides a distributed
     information delivery system around which a world/campus-wide
     information system (CWIS) can readily be constructed.   While
     providing a delivery vehicle for local information,  Gopher
     facilitates access to other Gopher and information servers
     throughout the world. 

Q1:  Where can I get Gopher software?

A1:  via anonymous ftp to  Look in the directory

Q2:  What do I need to access Gopher?

A2:  You will need a gopher "client" program that runs on your local PC
     or workstation

     There are clients for the following systems.  The directory
     following the name is the location of the client on the anonymous
     ftp site ( in the directory

      Unix Curses & Emacs   :  /pub/gopher/Unix/gopher1.12.tar.Z
      Xwindows (athena)     :  /pub/gopher/Unix/xgopher1.2.tar.Z
      Xwindows (Motif)      :  /pub/gopher/Unix/moog
      Xwindows (Xview)      :  /pub/gopher/Unix/xvgopher
      Macintosh Hypercard   :  /pub/gopher/Macintosh-TurboGopher/old-versions *
      Macintosh Application :  /pub/gopher/Macintosh-TurboGopher *
      DOS w/Clarkson Driver :  /pub/gopher/PC_client/
      NeXTstep              :  /pub/gopher/NeXT/
      VM/CMS                :  /pub/gopher/Rice_CMS/ or /pub/gopher/VieGOPHER/
      VMS                   :  /pub/gopher/VMS/
      OS/2 2.0	            :  /pub/gopher/os2/
      MVS/XA                :  /pub/gopher/mvs/

     Many other clients and servers have been developed by others, the
     following is an attempt at a comprehensive list.  

      A Microsoft Windows Winsock client "The Gopher Book"

      A Macintosh Application, "MacGopher". *

      Another Macintosh application, "GopherApp". *

      A port of the UNIX curses client for DOS with PC/TCP

      A port of the UNIX curses client for PC-NFS

      A beta version of the PC Gopher client for Novell's LAN Workplace
      for DOS

      A VMS DECwindows client for use with Wollongong or UCX

     * Note: these Macintosh clients require MacTCP.

     Most of the above clients can also be fetched via a gopher client
     itself.  Put the following on a gopher server:

       Name=Gopher Software Distribution.

     Or point your gopher client at, port 70 and
     look in the gopher directory.

     There are also a number of public telnet login sites available.
     The University of Minnesota operates one on the machine
     "" ( See Q3 for more
     information about this.  It is recommended that you run the client
     software instead of logging into the public telnet login sites.  A
     client uses the custom features of the local machine (mouse,
     scroll bars, etc.)  A local client is also faster.

Q3:  Where are there publicly available logins (ie places to telnet to
     in order to get a taste of gopher) for Gopher?

A3:  Here is a short list, use the site closest to you to minimize
     network lag.

     Telnet Public Logi

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