Dispatcher IP address change

Jonathan Epstein epstein at gold.nlm.nih.gov
Wed Dec 14 10:30:06 EST 1994

[ this message was also e-mailed to the Network Entrez administrators ]

At 9 a.m. EST today, 14 December 1994, the primary Dispatcher IP address
for Network Entrez was changed from to
This change is part of an upgrade procedure for the Dispatcher to a
more powerful computer.

For most users, this change will be nearly transparent; for more details,
read on.

For most Mac and PC users, this change will be nearly transparent, since
the following will occur the next time you use the Network Entrez client
  (1) The Dispatcher will not be found at
  (2) Your client will then look for the Dispatcher at dispatch1.nlm.nih.gov.
      If the changes in the Domain Name Service have propogated to you,
      then you will correctly pick-up the new address,
  (3) If not (more likely), then your client will look for,
      and will find it.  This backup Dispatcher will then inform your
      computer of the current new set of addresses, where is
      replaced by

Subsequent invokations of Network Entrez will use

This procedure is similar for UNIX and VMS users, but in some cases a
master configuration file (.ncbirc or ncbi.cfg) is not writable by 
each user.  In this case, the user will frequently wind up with a private
copy of the configuration file in their own directory.  It is recommended
that the system administrator update the master copy of the configuration
file, to reduce proliferation of these configuration files into private

If you wish to edit the configuration file manually, the following items
need to be changed in the [NET_SERV] section:
  Change DISPATCHER from to
  Change DISPSERIALNO from 5 to 6

Please let us (net-info at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) know if you have questions
regarding this matter; we apologize for any inconvenience.

[ this also seems like a good time to note that I am no longer handling
registrations and general information requests; please direct these to
net-info at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.  Technical queries can either be sent to
the net-info address or to myself ... thanks. ]

Sincerely yours,

- Jonathan

Jonathan Epstein                                epstein at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
National Center for Biotechnology Information   Phone: (301)496-2475
National Library of Medicine                    Building 38A, Room 8N805
National Institutes of Health                   8600 Rockville Pike
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