Mon Apr 29 20:44:41 EST 1991

> David, its Telnet address is, answer to 'login:' 'archie'with CR
> and after getting 'archie>' prompt type 'help'. It will explane you how to
> go further. It works nice but sometimes one has to wait rather long for the
> search to finish, and there seem to be no way to use it in the batch mode,
> only interactive.
>           Good luck!
  In Archie's  "Help topic? email" it says you can do 'batch' requests,
though with limitations.  The relevant Archie text is appended.

  Actually, Archie now recommends NightTime logins for
Quick(er) Interactive Response --- very popular these days, and 
"Hurray for McGill" 8-))

------------ text from archie ----------------
Help topic? email

 For those people who do not have direct Internet access or those who
 would prefer 'batching' of their requests, archie provides an email
 interface handling a limited subset of the interactive archie commands.

 The address of the interface is

                archie at cs.mcgill.ca

 The help message for the interface follows:


                        The ARCHIE Mail Server

 HELP for the archie mail server, as of 18 December, 1990 (modified from the 
 KISS help file)

 Requests to this server should be addressed to archie at cs.mcgill.ca
 To contact us humans, mail to archie-l at cs.mcgill.ca
 For your information anonymous FTP may be performed through the mail by the
 ftp-mail server. Send a message with the word 'help' in it to:
                bitftp at pucc.princeton.edu
 for an explanation on how to use it.
 NOTE: The Subject: line is processed as if it were part of the main message
 body. No special keywords are required.
 Note that the "help" command is exclusive. All other commands in the same 
 message are ignored.
 Command lines begin in the first column. All lines that do not match a valid
 commands are ignored. 
 The server recognizes six commands. If a message not containing any valid 
 requests or an empty message is received, it will be considered to be a 
 'help' request.
 path <path>    This lets the requestor override the address that would
                normally be extracted from the header.  If you do not
                hear from the archive server within oh, about 2 days, you
                might consider adding a "path" command to your request.  The
                path describes how to mail a message from cs.mcgill.ca to your

                address. cs.mcgill.ca is fully connected to the Internet.
 help           Will send you this message.
 prog <reg expr1> [<reg exp2> ...]
                A search of the "archie" database is performed with each
                <reg exp> (a regular expression as defined by ed(1)) in
                turn, and any matches found are returned to the requestor.
                Note that multiple <reg exp> may be placed on one line, in
                which case the results will be mailed back to you in one
                message.  If you have multiple "prog" lines, then multiple
                messages will be returned, one for each line [This doesn't
                 work as expected at the moment... stay tuned].
                Any regular expression containing spaces must be quoted with
                single (') or double (") quotes. ALL OTHER ed(1) rules must
                be followed.
                NOTE: The searches are CASE SENSITIVE. The ability to change 
                this will hopefully be added soon.
 site <site name> | <site IP address> 
                A listing of the given <site name> will be returned. The
                fully qualified domain name or IP address may be used.
 compress       ALL of your files in the current mail message will be
                "compressed" and "uuencoded". When you receive the reply,
                remove everything before the "begin" line and run it through
                "uudecode". This will produce a .Z file. You can then run
                "uncompress" on this file and get the results of your
 quit           Nothing past this point is interpreted. This is provided so
                that the occasional lost soul whose signature contains a line
                that looks like a command can still use the server without
                getting a bogus response.
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