PC Interface (PCI)
DOS Server also includes a set of utilities, AIX2DOS and DOS2AIX, that convert DOS Version 3.3 and AIX text files to the respective operating system format.
James Logan said:
Yes. I used it back in '85. Very nice package back then, it must have improved quite a bit in the past 4 years. It allowed a DOS user to connect to a server daemon on one or more UNIX host. Each host was assigned its own virtual drive under DOS.
On the UNIX side, the server that was forked by the daemon would change to your home directory initially, so you wouldn't start writing all over the root partition. All regular DOS commands worked as usual. It came with a few DOS commands that imitated "ls" and "chmod" too.
The only thing it was lacking at the time was the ability to run a UNIX command from DOS. Maybe they have added that, I don't know. It would have been nice to have been able to use a command, like "unix" that ran its arguments as a command.
Commands like: C:\> unix mailx would have been useful. I don't think it would have been that difficult to implement.
It does work over the serial line as well. You get a DOS terminal window so you can dial up the host and login as usual, then you invoke an executable, hit a function key on the PC, and you're connected as you would be using TCP/IP, although much slower.
Bruce A. McIntyre wrote:
Both are valuable products, and do what they claim quite well,
Daniel A. Graifer wrote:
Connections to multiple unix hosts simultaneously.
There is a DOS command "on" with syntax like "on [systemname or drive-
letter] unixcommand" which will run unix task(s) either synchronously or
asynchronously. (ie it recognizes a terminating ampersand) and which accepts
input and output redirection. This works well, and we use it heavily.
Example, we login via a batch file contain a line like:
There is a printer command which allows you to redirect separately
There is a slightly braindamaged vt100 terminal emulator program that works over either the ethernet or the serial ports. Once you have connected to a system, you can pop back and forth between a unix login session and DOS with a function key. We found it useful to buy SuperKey, a DOS keyboard Macro program, and use it to remap function keys etc used with this program.
All in, we find it a very useful package.
The version we have (2.8.7) is very painless and reliable. The "on"
command is especially useful within
P.S. You may be curious to know that it use UDP/IP, not TCP for the ethernet communication. I believe there are efficiency reasons for doing this, but I'm no expert.
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