In article <199207232000.AA21353 at alsys1.aecom.yu.edu>, ness at aecom.yu.edu
(Seth Ness) writes...
>we have GCG on a vax/vms system here. is there any way to print from GCG
>(or the vax) to a non-networked printer? in my case i use ncsa telnet on
>my mac and would like to print on my private laserwriter thats connected
>to the mac by localtalk(i'm connected to the vax by ethernet)
We have essentially the same setup here. I use FTP on the Vax to transfer
files to the Mac. (You have to be careful to avoid opening your Mac up
to the whole internet whenever you are using Telnet: set up a password
file by carefully following the instructions that come with Telnet. Then
test it by trying to FTP to your machine and make sure a password is
required). Then I can print them on the Mac using a word processor or
Another way to print is to use cut and paste from the NCSA Telnet window,
and you can adjust the amount of text saved in a preferences dialog
There is no way I ever hear of to cause the output of a DCL $PRINT command
to appear directly on a Mac printer.
Do you have to go to the network control panel to switch between ethernet
and localtalk? Or is there any EtherTalk going on at all on the ethernet?
Or do you have the Apple internet router, or Farallon Liaison running in
your Mac to permit simultaneous use of localtalk and ethertalk? (A better
answer in that case is Etherprint, a box that puts your printer on the
EtherTalk protocol ethernet network.)
It sounds like you don't use EtherTalk, just NCSA Telnet and TCP/IP on
the ethernet network and AppleTalk on the LocalTalk network. Do you use
Another way to get files from the Vax to the Mac (in order to print them
or whatever) is to use XFERIT (available at the usual Mac archives, use
archie to find it, it requires MacTCP, and is shareware) to do an FTP
login to your account on the Vax and fetch the files.
Xferit displays a window listing all of the files.
You click on one and choose "View Selected File". If it isn't over
32k bytes, a window opens and you can print the whole file by typing
command P. Or you double click on the file name and a file transfer
is done to disk, and you can print it with another program.
For one file, this is easier than using $FTP on the Vax. For
a whole directory, using $FTP and MPUT *.* may be easier than XFERIT,
but not by much.
Edward J. Huff huff at mcclb0.med.nyu.edu (212)998-8465
Keck Laboratory for Biomolecular Imaging
NYU Chemistry Deptartment, 31 Washington Place, New York NY 10003
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