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 pcserver(1M)                                                   pcserver(1M)

 NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
      pcserver - Basic Serial and HP AdvanceLink server

 SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]
      pcserver [-n] [-l [log_file]] [-v]

 DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
      pcserver is the hostside server program for Basic Serial and
      AdvanceLink, and is started and terminated by an application program
      running on a PC.

      pcserver supports both the Basic Serial and the AdvanceLink protocols.

      Basic Serial offers a library of routines that support a variety of
      services between a PC and a serially connected host computer,
      including file transfers and remote interprocess communications.

      AdvanceLink is a terminal emulation program that also supports file
      transfers between a PC and host system over various physical

    Options    [Toc]    [Back]
      The following options are recognized by pcserver:

           -l [logfile]
                       This option is now obsolete, but is retained for
                       compatibility with earlier versions of software.
                       Logging is now controlled by the presence or absence
                       of the server.pro file as described in NOTES, below.
                       Enables packet logging and records pcserver messages
                       to a specified log file (for debugging).  If logfile
                       is not specified, the file s-log is used in the
                       default logging directory, as defined in the
                       server.pro file.  pcserver looks for a local version
                       of server.pro in the user's home directory.  If none
                       is found, it will look for a system-wide version as
                       /var/adm/server.pro or /usr/adm/server.pro.  If the
                       logfile exists, logging is appended to it.  If the
                       file does not exist, logging is disabled.

           -n          Informs pcserver that a "netmode" for data encryption
                       should be used during special operations (for
                       example,  a netmode is needed to mask device control
                       characters when a PAD is being used).  The details of
                       the netmode are then negotiated between the pcserver
                       and the PC application.  For a more comprehensive
                       discussion on netmode, see Using Basic Serial
                       Connection Files.

           -v          Causes pcserver to print its version number to
                       standard output and quit.

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 pcserver(1M)                                                   pcserver(1M)

      pcserver is designed to be invoked by a PC application program rather
      than from the command line.  In order for the connection to be
      correctly established, the PC and host port must be properly

      If you are using pcserver to manage a session between a PC and a
      hostside application (via Basic Serial), you may need to use a Basic
      Serial connection file to actually log in to your account.
      Establishing connections using Basic Serial connection files is a
      sensitive operation.  Before attempting to use them, you should read
      the manual Using Basic Serial Connection Files.

      If you are using pcserver to transfer files between a PC and a host
      machine via Advancelink, use the following AdvanceLink commands:

           &HOSTCOPY "pcserver"
           &TERMINATOR "$"

      If your prompt does not end with $, replace the $ in the terminator
      command with the last character in your normal prompt.

      To permanently configure AdvanceLink for the HP-UX version of
      pcserver, refer to the Using AdvanceLink manual for more information.

 NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]
      Packet logging is controlled by the presence or absence of the file

      pcserver looks for a local version of server.pro in the user's home
      directory.  If none is found, it will look for a system-wide version
      as /var/adm/server.pro or /usr/adm/server.pro.

      If no logging file is found in these directories, logging is not
      performed.  A commented example of a server.pro may be found in
      /usr/newconfig/var/adm/server.pro.ex or /usr/adm/server.pro.ex.  To
      make use of this file, copy it to the active file name, server.pro, in
      one of the previously mentioned directory locations.

      If your screen displays a Command not found message when you choose
      START TRANSFER from AdvLink, either pcserver has not yet been
      installed on your HP-UX system, or it has been installed in a
      directory that is not part of your current path.

      HP-UX treats files containing binary or ASCII data identically.
      Therefore it is up to the user to specify the desired file type when
      using pcserver to transfer files with Advancelink.  The difference
      between the two is that during ASCII transfers, pcserver maps HP-UX
      line-feed characters to the MS-DOS carriage-return/line-feed pair.
      This produces incorrect results when transferring a binary file as an
      ASCII file.

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 pcserver(1M)                                                   pcserver(1M)

      Also, older versions of AdvanceLink show totally inaccurate estimates
      for file transfer times.  This does not interfere with the actual

      If the PC is reset while a transfer is taking place, it may
      temporarily appear to be a "dead" terminal port.  This is no cause for
      alarm; left to its own devices, pcserver will restore the port in a
      short time.  In the worst case, it could take six timeout periods
      (6x20 = 120 seconds).  For faster response, press the Break key a few
      times to terminate pcserver immediately.

 FILES    [Toc]    [Back]
      /usr/bin/pcserver                  the executable program
      /var/adm/server.pro                system-wide logging profile
      /usr/adm/server.pro                system-wide logging profile
      $HOME/server.pro                   local logging profile
      /usr/newconfig/var/adm/server.pro.ex                   commented
                                                             example of
      /usr/adm/server.pro.ex             commented inactive example of

 SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]
      Using AdvanceLink                  Describes protocol and how to use

      Using Basic Serial Connection Files
                                         Describes Basic Serial and how
                                         connection files should be used.

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