Wed Apr 1 12:16:23 EST 1992

>Dear networkers,
>I am interested in running some Mac programs obtained from ftp sites. These
>programs usually have .hqx extensions (like .uue or .arc in PC files). So
>I wonder how I can get programs to decode/uncompress them. I have access
>to the network through a PC (not Mac) which means I have to get these utility
>programs through PC and then transfer to Mac. Is there a way of doing this?
>Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.

   A possible answer to your problem might be the program below.  This is
available from uk.ac.lancs.pdsoft by ftp, or by interactive login via telnet
(from internet thats probably through a gateway).  In both cases login as
pdsoft and password is pdsoft.  As I don't use Mac's I can't vouch for the
programme but it seemed like it should sort you out.

   To ftp this:
    uk.ac.lancs.pdsoft  micros/ibmpc/dos/g/g301/g301mac.boo
You will need DEBOO and most likely PKUNZIP which are available all over the
place, including here in micros/ibmpc/dos/tools

   Here's the information file from pdsoft about the programme:

Title:           MAC-IN-DOS
Title From:      Documentation
Author From:
Version From:
Supplier:        ROSE MEDIA
Shareware:       No                      ; ie: its freeware?
Machine:         IBM PC
Operating system:
Memory requirements:
Peripherals needed:
Other s/ware needed:
Directory:        micros/ibmpc/dos/g/g301
Date mounted/updated:    28/01/92
File names:        g301mac.boo
Unarchived files:  4
Unarchived size:   208283
See also:


Acquiring the package:

First download the BOO-format file or files, and use the DEBOO utility to
convert each to its binary archive format. Each BOO format file will produce
one file with a name ending in either .ARC, .ZOO or .ZIP, depending on the
archive system used.

Next use the appropriate archive program to extract the original files as
           .ARC files      Use PKUNPAK
           .ZOO files      Use ZOO
           .ZIP files      Use PKUNZIP

The DEBOO utility and the archive programs are in directory
micros/ibmpc/dos/tools see the file micros/ibmpc/dos/tools/00readme for


MAC-IN-DOS provides you the ability to read/ write Macintosh ( 1.44 MB
) diskettes . Other file access functions are also provided, for both
DOS and Macintosh, for creating new directories and deleting files and

The Macintosh directory structure allows names to 32 characters, with
included blanks, while DOS only allows 8 characters, with no blanks,
and an extension of three characters.

The Macintosh directory structure is also more complicated since
additional infomation is necessary compared to DOS.  In addition to any
data that you store to the Macintosh disk, the Macintosh system also
adds data so that the application that generated the data is also
known. Also saved is data that represents the icon used and its screen
position and there is additional data beyond that.  Besides this data,
that is outside of the data you are interested in, is non-text data
that represents formatting and other controls that each application
might insert within the text data.

Many Macintosh applications provide the option of creating a pure text
file.  These are the files which are typically of interest and which
should be copied using the copy text option.  The copy text option
takes care of the difference between the Macintosh text files and DOS
text files.  It does not create text from files that have control and
formatting characters within them.  Any file may be copied using the
copy image option.  This copy gives you an exact image of the file you

In addition to the file of interest from the Macintosh you may also get
two addtional files.  This is an option selectable on the first
Macintosh to DOS copy. These additional files are useful to have if you
want to recopy to a Macintosh disk.  If this is not the case they may
be of no interest to you and you don't need to copy them to DOS.  The
data file is identified with and extension of .M^.  The other two
files, called the resource and finder, are identified with .M^R and
.M^F.  Some files copied from the Macintosh disk will only have a
resource and a finder file, some will have only a data file and a
finder file, and some will have all three.

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