Guide to VMS Vax news readers

Don Gilbert gilbertd at silver.ucs.indiana.edu
Sat Mar 17 11:38:13 EST 1990

A brief guide to installing and reading Internet news from a networked VMS-
VAX computers using the VMS operating system, when connected via Ethernet to a 
network that includes tcp/ip links to the internet, can be set up to let you 
easily read network news, including the bionet.* newsgroups for research 

*  VMS-Vax computer with an ethernet connection
*  TCP/IP software to provide communications link
*  VNews or ANU-News newsreader software
*  A local area NNTP netnews server computer

Does your Vax have an ethernet connection to the internet?
    This requires an ethernet board and cable connections.  The cost for a 
board for a microVax is in the $1000 range.  

Do you have a local NNTP netnews server computer?
    This is probably a Unix computer which runs netnews software and serves 
out news messages following NNTP protocols.  You need to check with your 
campus computer administrators for the IP address of a local server that you 
can read news from. 

How to get and install VMS TCP software:
   There are several vendors of tcp/ip software for VMS Vaxes.  Two popular 
ones, which VNews reader supports, are Multinet and Wollongong.  Our 
university runs both, but network people here and elsewhere tend to favor the 
Multinet product.  Multinet costs somewhere in the $1000 range; I don't have a 
price for Wollongong.  These products need to be installed by a Vax system 

You can obtain Multinet product info from:
       TGV Inc., 15139 Old Ranch Road
       Los Gatos, CA 95030
       Kenneth Adelman, Adelman at WARBUCKS.AI.SRI.COM, (415) 859-4419

You can obtain Wollongong product info from:
        The Wollongong Group, Inc.
        1129 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, Ca 94303
        (415) 962-7100

How to get and install the VNews software:

VNews is available in versions for Multinet and Wollongong (WINS) software.  
The distribution includes fortran source, and executables for VMS 5.  You can 
find the original distribution from anonymous ftp to krypton.arc.nasa.gov, 
directory [pub.nntp] as vnews_multinet.bck for Multinet or vnews_wins.bck for 
Wollongong.  These are also available via anonymous ftp to 
iubio.bio.indiana.edu in directory [archive.util.vms.netnews].  These files 
are VMS backup save sets, you may also need fixrec.exe or fixrec.c, in 
[archive.util.vms] to correct the backup record size after ftp transfer.  Use 
binary ftp transfer.  

To install Vnews, you may use the supplied executable, and set some logical 
names to tell VNews the IP address of your local news server.  Or you can edit 
a section of the source and recompile the program. The installation 
instructions included are clear and simple, and may be done without help of a 
vax system administrator.   If you recompile this and are using Multinet, you 
will need a Multinet library called lib.olb. Unfortunately, the new release of 
Multinet, version 2.1, does not include this, but release 2.0 lib.olb works. 

Vnews operates much like rn on Unix.  The first time you run it, it will 
create a file XX.newsrc which contains a list of all newsgroups.  This may be 
quite long, and you can edit it to remove groups you don't want to read.  
Documentation and online help are included, but are not extensive. 

How to get and install the ANU-News software:

The ANU-News software, with C source and executables, can obtained by 
anonymous ftp to kuhub.cc.ukans.edu or to iubio.bio.indiana.edu, in diretory 
[archive.util.vms.netnews] as anunews*.*.  These files are compressed, backup 
sets.  You will need lzdcmp.exe to decompress these, as from 
[archive.util.vms].  I have had no success yet in getting ANU-News to talk 
with local NNTP server computers.   Others, however, have successfully used it 
to connect to NNTP servers. ANU-News also operates as a news server.

Don Gilbert  biocomputing office   /  archive for
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