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ATP(1)			   ATP QWK Mail/News Reader			ATP(1)

       atp - read, reply, and archive QWK format mail packets.

       atp bbsname[.qwX]

       where  bbsname  is  the	name of	the QWK	packet with extension omitted.
       The long	form uses bbsname.qwX where X is any valid filename character,
       typically the letter `k'	or a digit in the range	`0' to `9'.

       ATP  is used for	reading	and replying to	messages contained in QWK mail
       packets which are available through public access bulletin boards.  ATP
       evolved from an earlier reader written by Rene Cougnenc which he	called
       `AzerTyuioP' (the name `AzerTyuioP' is the top row of keys on a	French
       typewriter).   ATP has greatly enhanced and expanded upon the function-
       ality of	its predecessor. But like its predecessor, ATP	still  may  be
       compiled	 for  the  French language. German is now also supported.  ATP
       includes	the Rich Salz and Simmule Turner Emacs-style command line edi-
       tor with	command	history. Note that this	is covered by a	separate copy-

       A BBS will typically carry topical news conferences. A user may dial up
       a BBS, start a program know as a	mail door, and quickly gather the cur-
       rent news into a	file called a ``QWK packet.'' Once this	file is	 down-
       loaded, an offline mail reader such as ATP processes it for reading and
       replying	at one's leisure.  There are several formats for offline  mail
       packets	but  QWK is the	most common. Some of the more popular QWK mail
       doors which produce these packets are Qmail, Markmail, Jimmer, and TQM.
       ATP  can	 handle	QWK packets produced by	any of these doors so there is
       no need to worry	which one to use.

       When started, ATP will present you with a command prompt.  This	prompt
       will  show  the	current	active BBS and the conference. At any time you
       may type	`help' at the command prompt to	receive	a summary of commands.
       ATP  also  functions  as	a mini-shell allowing you to enter many	common
       Unix commands at	the prompt.

       In addition to reading and replying to mail, ATP	maintains archives  of
       past  messages.	These  can be reviewed at any time. As new QWK packets
       are loaded, they	are immediately	added to the archives. Pointers	to the
       last  read  messages are	maintained. Loading a new mail packet will not
       reset these pointers. Reading will resume with the last read message in
       each  conference.  By  entering	a number at the	command	line, ATP will
       move to that message number and display it. In this way	you  can  move
       backward	 and forward among the messages	at will. Typing	`reset'	resets
       the the message pointer,	marking	the current message as the  last  mes-
       sage  read.   The  `clean'  command provides a means of maintaining and
       pruning message bases.

       ATP will	support	8192 conferences per BBS. The limit is set  for	 back-
       ward  compatibility  with  some	older  mail doors. You may change this
       limit by	recompiling ATP	should the need	arise.	Your tagline file  can
       hold  many  thousands  of  taglines, essentially	no limit for most pur-
       poses.  Taglines	are stored in a	the plain text file taglines.atp.

       Other features include the ability to scan message headers,  a  tagline
       management system, support for FIDO or regular style taglines, personal
       mail notification and personal mail conference, the ability  to	search
       messages	 for  strings,	a  separate  conference	 for replies, kill and
       change security on replies, tagline selection by	random,	automatic,  or
       direct means, hooks for a spelling checker, powerful command line edit-
       ing with	history	recall.

       ATP looks for three environment variables: SHELL, HOME, and  ATP.   The
       SHELL  environment variable must	reflect	the path to your command shell
       (under MSDOS and	OS/2 this path would be	called COMSPEC instead).   The
       HOME  environment variable points to your home directory.  Some command
       processors will automatically set SHELL and  HOME  for  you.   The  ATP
       environment  variable  should  be the full path to a subdirectory where
       ATP will	store its configuration	files, normally	a  subdirectory	 under
       your  home directory. Use a descriptive name such as `atpmail' or `qwk-
       mail' for this directory. As you	probably know,	environment  variables
       most  often  are	 set by	adding entries to your command shell's startup
       file (.e.g.  .profile or	autoexec.bat).

       Before using ATP	for the	first time, you	will have to edit its configu-
       ration  file which you may call either .atprc or	atprc.	This file con-
       tains a list of information which tells ATP where  to  find  your  mail
       packets,	 what  editor  to invoke for entering messages,	how many lines
       your screen has.	Below is a typical configuration file.	 IMPORTANT!  A
       space must reside on either side	of the `=' sign	for correct parsing to
       take place. After you have edited your atprc configuration file,	 don't
       forget  to  put it in the same directory	as pointed to by the ATP envi-
       ronment variable, or your home directory. If you	 have  a  Perl	inter-
       preter  installed  on  your  system,  you can use the script atpdiag to
       check your installation and configuration. See atpdiag(1) for details.

       # -------------------------------------------------------
       # sample	atprc ATP configuration	file
       user = PAUL DRAKE
       editor =	vile
       reply =	/usr/spool
       mail  =	/usr/spool
       archiver	= zip -jk
       unarchiver = unzip -Lxjo
       speller = ispell
       ansi = on
       bell = on
       color = on
       graphics	= on
       charset = latin1
       screenlen = 25
       screencol = 80
       qlist = ls -lt *.qw? | cut -c 34- | less
       blist = ls -lt blt* | cut -c 34-	| less
       tagstyle	= fido
       tagline = Why buy a cow when the	milk is	free?
       autotag = on
       workpath	= /tmp
       truncate	= 50
       pcb = on
       header =	off
       #  end of sample	atprc ATP configuration	file
       # ------------------------------------------------------

	    Your name goes here. It must be spelled exactly as it  appears  on
	    the	bulletin boards	where you are registered.

	    The	name of	the editor which you will use to edit your replies.

	    This  is  the  path	to your	directory where	you keep reply packets
	    for	uploading.

	    This is the	path to	your directory where downloaded	message	 pack-
	    ets	are kept.

	    This  is the name of the program used to prepare your reply	packet
	    for	uploading. Normally this is zip.  When using the Info-Zip ver-
	    sion, the switches `-jk' tell zip to create	archives without path-
	    names and to  emulate  PKzip.  These  switches  aren't  absolutely
	    needed put could be	helpful	in certain situations.	Please acquire
	    the	most recent versions of	zip and	unzip for  your	 system	 which
	    are	 compatible  with  the	BBSs  which you	frequent. The Info-Zip
	    package is highly recommended.

	    This is the	name of	the program used to  extract  the  data	 files
	    from  your	QWK  mail  packets. Normally this would	be unzip.  The
	    sample atprc assumes the freeware Info-Zip version of unzip.   The
	    switches  `-Lxjo'  tell  it	 to  extract  files while junking path
	    names, convert MSDOS file names to lower case,  and	 to  overwrite
	    existing files without prompting. These switches may not always be
	    necessary but may be helpful in certain situations.	Use  appropri-
	    ate	switches for the brand of unarchiver you are using.

	    This line defines the name of the spelling checker you wish	to use
	    to check the spelling of your replies. The program ispell is  rec-
	    ommended  because  of  its	interactive design. It is available in
	    source code	form via anonymous ftp from

	    This configuration switch can be set to either `on'	or  `off'.  It
	    defaults  to  `off'	 but  most users should	set this to `on'. This
	    controls the placing of the	cursor on the screen and other	screen
	    attributes.	  Note that if `ansi' is set `on' you must have	a ter-
	    minal capable of handling ANSI sequences. MSDOS users will want to
	    add	 the line DEVICE=ANSI.SYS to their config.sys file in order to
	    use	this feature. Many common terminals support ANSI such  as  the
	    popular VT102 and VT220 terminals. The Linux console also supports
	    ANSI, as do	many other PC unixes, and OS/2.	So if  you  fall  into
	    any	of these categories, please set	`ansi' to `on'.

	    This  configuration	 switch	can be set to either `on' or `off'. It
	    determines if ATP will use the terminal bell. If you desire	silent
	    operation, set bell	to `off'.

	    ATP	 will support color on ANSI terminals. Setting color `on' will
	    enable ANSI	color. You must	have the ATP `ansi'  variable  set  to
	    `on'  also.	  If  you have a monochrome terminal you may find that
	    setting color to `off' gives a more	 readable  screen.  Experiment
	    and	see.

	    When  graphics  is	set  to	 `on' ATP will use VT102 line graphics
	    characters to emulate the MSDOS line graphic character set.	 Linux
	    users  will	want to	set this `on'. If your terminal	or system con-
	    sole is unable to display the VT102	line  graphics	set  then  set
	    this `off'.

	    If you want	to see if your terminal	is capable of displaying VT102
	    graphics, type the command `graphics' at the ATP command line.  It
	    will  toggle  this mode on and off,	displaying a boxed message. If
	    you	toggle graphics	`on' and instead of a pretty graphics box on a
	    reverse  field  you	 view an ugly box composed of q's and a's then
	    you	may safely assume that your terminal will  not	support	 VT102
	    line graphics.

	    Note: not all VT102	class terminals	have the line graphics option.
	    Note too that line graphics	is independent of which	character  set
	    you	 choose.   If  your  terminal uses the MSDOS character set and
	    displays it	correctly, there is  little  point  in	choosing  this
	    option.  However, just because your	operating system is running on
	    a PC, do not assume	that is	uses the MSDOS character set.

	    Most QWK packets use the MSDOS character set to represent  foreign
	    language  and  line	 graphics characters. If your system does then
	    you	should set charset equal `msdos' and `graphics'	to `off'. How-
	    ever  most	Unix  systems do not recognize the MSDOS character set
	    mappings. If your terminal or console  uses	 ISO  standard	LATIN1
	    character  set  (e.g.   Linux)  then  you will want	to set charset
	    equal to `latin1'. If your system is unable	to display any	8  bit
	    characters	you will want to set this to `7-bit' (8	bit characters
	    will then be mapped	to their closest  7-bit	 counterpart).	Please
	    see	 the file atprc	for more details. Here is a table of some sug-
	    gested settings:

					 TABLE 1

			 |  system    |	 charset   |  graphics	|
			 |  Linux     |	  latin1   |   on	|
			 |  VT102     |	  7-bit	   |   on	|
			 |  generic   |	  7-bit	   |   off	|
			 |  OS/2      |	  msdos	   |   off	|
			 |  386bsd    |	  msdos	   |   off	|
			 |  MS-DOS    |	  msdos	   |   off	|

	    This configuration setting tells ATP how many  lines  your	screen
	    uses.   This depends on the	type of	video card which you are using
	    and	also  on  the  type  of	 terminal  emulation  which  you  have
	    selected.  Valid  entries  are in the range	of 3 to	300. If	ATP is
	    unable to automatically detect your	screen size, it	will  fallback
	    to these values.

	    This  configuration	setting	tells ATP how many columns your	screen
	    uses.  This	depends	on the type of video card which	you are	 using
	    and	 also  on  the	type  of  terminal  emulation  which  you have
	    selected.  Typical entries are 80  columns.	 Some  terminals  will
	    support 132	columns	too.  If ATP is	unable to automatically	detect
	    your screen	size, it will fallback to the value you	specify	here.

	    Used for listing QWK packets.  This	configuration entry is a  com-
	    mand  line	which will be executed anytime you type	`qlist'	at the
	    ATP	prompt.	ATP will change	to your	mail path directory  and  exe-
	    cute  this	command	 line. The example here	when invoked will list
	    all	the QWK	packets	in your	mail directory sorted by time and only
	    displaying	the  size,  date, and name of the packets. It is piped
	    into `less'	which is the GNU version of  `more'.  You  may	delete
	    this  entry	 or modify it if it doesn't do what you	want. A	simple
	    default entry is already set internal to ATP.

	    ATP	can display bulletins delivered	 with  the  mail  packet.  The
	    `blt'  command  uses  the string specified here, passing it	to the
	    shell to list your bulletins.  You will want to modify this	 entry
	    depending on your operating	system.	After you have viewed the list
	    of available bulletins, view a bulletin by typing its name at  the
	    command line.

	    This  switch sets the default style	used in	your message taglines.
	    It defaults	to normal. By setting this to `tagstyle	=  fido',  atp
	    will  start	 up using FIDOnet style	taglines. See later section on
	    taglines for more information.

	    This is used to set	your persistent	tagline	which  can  always  be
	    called  back  immediately  from  the  command line.	See section on
	    taglines for details.

	    By default,	ATP will randomly select taglines  for	your  replies.
	    The	 taglines  are stored in the text file taglines.atp located in
	    the	same directory as your atprc. Automatic	selection of  taglines
	    may	 be  turned off	from the command line or by setting autotag to

	    This option	is not usually needed. However,	if you	need  the  ATP
	    work  directory  to	be on some particular path or drive specify it
	    here.  OS/2	and MSDOS users	can specify a disk drive by specifying
	    the	drive letter. See example in atprc.

	    Under  ATP there is	a `clean' command that will put	you into main-
	    tenance mode for your message bases. One  of  the  options	is  to
	    truncate  a	 message base to the most recent messages. This	option
	    sets the default truncation	length.	This truncate  option  can  be
	    changed during the maintenance process if the need should arise.

	    The	 BBS  known  as	 PCBoard supports long subject lines as	of PCB
	    version 15.	 If you	would like to have long	subject	lines then set
	    this option	on. Note that not all QWK readers will be able to read
	    your entire	subject	line because most readers are  limited	to  25
	    characters.	But generally there should be no problem. Note that if
	    you	use the	RIME network that you should not use  a	 long  subject
	    line  when	entering  a  routed  message, i.e. a message where the
	    first line must read something like	->156<-.  If  this  option  is
	    enabled and	you enter a reply subject line less than 25 characters
	    in length, behavior	defaults to normal QWK conventions.

	    When replying to a message,	ATP generates  a  reply	 header	 which
	    mentions the author	of the message being responded to. If you wish
	    to have no headers then set	the header option off in your atprc.

       When at the ATP command prompt, you will	be able	to execute many	common
       Unix  commands  directly: cat, cd, cp, echo, df,	du, less, ln, lpr, ls,
       man, mkdir, more, mv, pwd, cwd, rm, rmdir, set, sort, sync.

       Under the MSDOS version	the  following	commands  are  available:  cd,
       chkdsk,	copy,  del,  dir, md, mem, more, mkdir,	print, rd, rmdir, set,
       sort, type, xcopy.

       What follows is a summary of the	commands  available  inside  ATP.  The
       most  important	are:  `load', `review',	`j',`n',`r', `e', and `qscan'.
       These will be presented first. Remember that you	may always type	`help'
       for a brief summary of commands.

	    The	 `help'	command	will display a brief summary of	available com-

       load bbsname
	    This command is used to get	a QWK packet from your spool directory
	    and	 load  it  into	the reader for viewing.	It takes one argument,
	    the	name of	the BBS	or the explicit	name of	the  mail  packet.  If
	    you	 just give the name of the BBS,	ATP will search	for the	packet
	    named bbsname.qwk.	You may	also name the packet explicitly	 (e.g.
	    bbsdeguy.qwk, joesbbs.qw5, etc.).

	    Example:		 load zer0g.qw4

       review bbsname
	    The	 review	 command is used for reviewing the BBS archives	previ-
	    ously loaded into the reader. It takes one argument, the  name  of
	    the	BBS without any	extension. DO NOT add the `qwk'	file extension
	    with this command. The short form of this command is `rev'.

	    Example:		 rev hobbits

	    A carriage return alone will read the next message.

       j    [ conference_name |	conference_number ]
	    The	`j' command stands for `join' and it is	used for changing con-
	    ferences.	It  must  be followed by either	the conference name or
	    the	conference number.

       n    The	`n' command will join the next active conference.

       a    The	`a' command will display the current message again.

       +    The	`+' command will go forward one	message.

       -    The	`-' command will go backward one message.

       r    The	`r' command is used to enter a reply to	the  current  message.
	    You	 may redirect a	reply to a different message area by following
	    `r'	with the name of the  new  area	 where	the  reply  should  be
	    posted.   When  entering a reply, you are always prompted to allow
	    changing of	the subject, address, and security  information.  When
	    prompted for security you may answer `n' or	`r' which respectively
	    stand for `none' and `receiver only' (private message) security.

       x    The	`x' command is used to crosspost a reply to another  area.  To
	    use	 this command, go to the reply conference and select the reply
	    you	wish to	crosspost. Type	`x' followed by	the conference	number
	    or conference name where you wish to post a	new copy of the	reply.

       c    The	`c' command is used to enter changes to	a previous reply. This
	    command Is valid only in the replies conference. It	will re-invoke
	    the	 editor	 for  the  current  message. The old message is	killed
	    along with its tagline. The	tagline	active at the time  this  com-
	    mand  was  invoked	will  be the new tagline for the edited	reply.
	    Note that that in the context of the  reply	 conference,  the  `e'
	    command has	the same effect	as the `c' command--change a reply.

       p    The	 `p'  command is used to toggle	message	security between `pri-
	    vate' and `public' for your	reply messages.	When a message is pri-
	    vate,  a  warning to this affect will be highlighted in the	bottom
	    right of the message header.

       e    [ conference_name |	conference_number ]
	    The	`e' command with no arguments will enter a message in the cur-
	    rent  conference.  Again, choose your tagline before entering your
	    message.  The `e' command may be followed optionally by  the  name
	    or	number	of  the	 conference where you would like to enter your
	    message. Upon invoking `e' you will	be presented some choice as to
	    subject, addressee,	and message security.

	    Note  that this command behaves differently	if the current confer-
	    ence is either the REPLY or	PERSONAL conference. If	you are	in the
	    PERSONAL  message  conference, this	command	is completely disabled
	    because it makes no	sense to enter a message in the	personal  con-
	    ference  (you  CAN reply to	messages though--use the `r' command).
	    If you are in the REPLY conference,	this command will re-edit  the
	    current message. It	does not enter a new message.

	    The	 `head'	 command will toggle the automatic reply header	on and
	    off.  The reply header is a	sentence at the	top of a quoted	 reply
	    message  which  will  mention the name of the author of the	quoted
	    message, who it was	written	to, and	on what	date it	 was  written.
	    If	you don't want this style in your replies then you may turn it
	    off	with the head command or just edit it out when composing  your

	    The	 `reset' command is used to set	the conference message pointer
	    to the highest message which you have read.	It looks at the	 value
	    of the current message and resets the highest read pointer to that
	    value. This	is useful if you wish to quit in  the  middle  of  re-
	    reading a conference but would like	to save	your place marker.

	    Will  scan	forward	 from  the  current message displaying message
	    headers.  You will be prompted after each screen whether you  wish
	    to continue	scanning.

	    Quick  scan	is the same as scan except it will only	display	a sin-
	    gle	line abbreviated header.

       conf The	conf command will display a list of all	available  conferences
	    on a particular BBS.

       ts   The	`ts' is	text search command, an	alias for `find', see below.

       find The	`find' command will search the current conference for any text
	    that follows it. Wildcards are not supported, and it is  not  case
	    sensitive.	For example:

			find paul drake

	    will display messages containing the text ``Paul Drake'' or	``PaUl
	    dRakE'' and	so on. After finding some text,	use the	`next' command
	    to	repeat	the  search.  Note that	any spaces after the first one
	    following `find' are significant.  Thus,

			find paul drake

	    is NOT the same as

			find	  paul drake

	    The	`next' command is used to repeat the search initiated  by  the
	    `find'  command.   If  your	version	of ATP supports	function keys,
	    pressing F10 is  equivalent	 to  typing  this  command.  To	 abort
	    search, type control-C.

	    The	 qlist	command	will display a list of all QWK packets in your
	    mail directory. See	the configuration section for details.

	    The	clean command will allow you to	do maintenance on your message
	    bases.   You  will	be able	to delete, truncate, or	purge messages
	    marked as killed.  Use the `k' command while reading  messages  to
	    mark  a  message as	killed.	 Set the default truncation length for
	    maintenance	in your	atprc.	This number is changeable from	inside
	    the	clean command should you need that flexibility.

       rot  The	 rot  command will filter the current message through a	Usenet
	    standard rot-13 text filter. Invoking the rot command  twice  will
	    restore the	original message. Rot-13 encoding is sometimes used to
	    shield offensive material from being accidentally read. It is  not
	    a secure cypher, and it is not intended to be.

       !    [ shell_command ]
	    Without  arguments,	this command will shell	you out	of the program
	    into the system. Type `exit' to return. You	may also  follow  this
	    command  with any valid command line which your operating system's
	    command processor will recognize.

       cls  Will clear the screen display.

       pcb  Will toggle	support	for PCBoard long subject lines.

       time Will display the current date and time.

       date Will display the current date and time

       fido The	`fido' command will toggle the current tagline style. See sec-
	    tion on taglines for more information.

       last The	`last' command will display the	end message in a conference.

       news The	 `news'	 command  will	display	the current news file from the

	    The	`welcome' command will display	the  current  board's  welcome

	    The	 `files' command will display the new files list from the cur-
	    rent BBS.

       blt  The	`blt' command will display a list of available bulletins  from
	    the	 current  BBS. To display a particular bulletin	just enter its
	    file name.

	    The	`hello'	command	will display the BBS Welcome message.

	    The	`goodbye' command will display the BBS goodbye message.

       door The	`door' command will display the	BBS door id and	version	(if it
	    was	included in the	mail packet).

       m    The	`m' command will toggle	the ansi mode on and off.

       g    The	`g' command will quit ATP.

       q    The	`q' command will quit ATP. It is the same as the `g' command.

       s filename
	    The	 `s' command will save the current message to a	specified text
	    file.  If the file exists, the message will	 be  appended  to  the

       tag  The	 `tag' command is used to set tagline options. See the section
	    below on taglines for details.

       ATP supports either FIDO	or regular style  taglines.  In	 addition  ATP
       uses  three  types  of taglines:	persistent, run-time, list. You	have 1
       persistent and 1	run-time tagline. Your list taglines must be  kept  in
       the  file  taglines.atp	which  should be in the	same directory as your
       atprc.  The purpose of the persistent tagline  is  that	it  is	always
       there  for  you to recall and use. You may choose to use	other taglines
       but the persistent tagline will still be	there when you	want  it.  The
       run-time	tagline	is one you yourself enter at the command line.	Should
       a  bit of whimsy	strike you, you	can use	it right away without  editing
       the  tagline  file.   At	 any one time there is only one	active tagline
       which may be viewed by typing the command `tag ?'. Before entering your
       message	choose	your  active  tagline. You may pick from the list, use
       your persistent tagline,	or type	a  run-time  defined  tagline  at  the
       prompt.	 You  also  have  the choice of	toggling FIDO or regular style
       tagline by typing the command `fido' at the command  line.  Here	 is  a

	    Defined after the `tagline =' statement in the configuration file.
	    This tagline is stored in a	stack with the run-time	tagline.  Typ-
	    ing	 `tag  swap'  will  copy  the  stack  into  the	current	active
	    tagline. Typing `tag swap' twice in	a row will roll	the stack. The
	    persistent	tagline	 is good for a tagline which you regularly use
	    such as one	containing place of message origin.

	    Defined at the ATP command	line.  If  you	feel  like  adding  an
	    impromptu tagline just type	`tag' followed by your text.

	    Example:		 tag Laurel and	Hardy fan club

	    This above example command will change the active tagline to:

	      *	ATP/Linux 1.50 * Laurel	and Hardy fan club.

	    A  list  type  tagline  is just a tagline stored in	the plain text
	    file taglines.atp.	If you have selected the auto tagline feature,
	    ATP	 will  choose  a tagline at random from	your taglines.atp file
	    every time you enter a reply. You may also type  `tag  random'  at
	    the	 command prompt	to re-select at	any time. Taglines may also be
	    selected directly. Type `tag list' to view your list of  taglines,
	    and	then type `tag n' to choose a numbered tagline directly	(where
	    `n'	would be the number of the  tagline  in	 the  list  as	it  is
	    viewed).  If  you wish to add or delete taglines from taglines.atp
	    you	should use your	favorite text editor.

       The `tag' command  is  the  basic  command  for	setting	 and  changing
       taglines. ATP echoes any	changes	in tagline to the screen so you	may be
       certain as to what the current tagline is. If in	doubt, just type  `tag
       ?'. Here	are the	possible variations on `tag':

       tag help
	    The	 `tag  help'  command  will  display the special help menu for

       tag swap
	    The	`tag swap' command will	swap move either the persistent	or the
	    run-time defined tagline into the current tagline buffer. Any list
	    defined tagline will be removed from the buffer. Alternately  typ-
	    ing	 `tag swap' will toggle	the current tagline between persistent
	    and	run-time defined.

       tag steal
	    The	`tag steal' command will append	the  tagline  in  the  current
	    message to your taglines.atp file. This feature only works on mes-
	    sages which	follow the PCBoard BBS style  of  taglines.  For  Fido
	    taglines use the `tag add' command.

       tag add
	    The	 `tag  add' command allows you to type in a tagline which will
	    then be appended to	your taglines.atp file.	This feature is	useful
	    for	 Fido  style  taglines which are not so	easily captured	by the
	    `tag steal'	command.

       tag list
	    The	`tag list' command  will  display  a  list  of	all  available

       tag n
	    The	`tag n'	command	will set the current tagline to	the tagline in
	    the	list designated	by the number `n'.

       tag ?
	    The	`tag ?'	command	will display the current tagline.

       tag auto
	    The	`tag auto' command will	toggle automatic tagline selection  ON
	    or OFF.

       tag random
	    The	 `tag random' will choose a random tagline for you.  It	may be
	    used with either automatic selection disabled or enabled. The auto
	    tagline  mode itself uses this command after every reply to	regen-
	    erate a new	tagline. Try it	out a few times	to  familiarize	 your-
	    self with it.

       tag off
	    The	`tag off' command will disable taglines.

       tag on
	    The	`tag on' command will re-enable	taglines.

       fido This  is  a	 command  which	toggles	the tagline style between FIDO
	    style taglines and regular style. This is provided because FIDOnet
	    has	 specific  rules  about	 tear lines and	high ascii characters.
	    Here is an example of a regular tagline followed by	an example  of
	    a FIDO style tagline:

	      [] ATP/Linux 1.50	[] This	is a regular style tagline.

	      *	ATP/Linux 1.50 * This is a FIDO	style tagline.

       With  release  1.4 some support for special keys	have been added.  This
       is still	being developed	and may	change.	If you would like to  try  the
       special	keys  here  are	 the  mappings.	 Note: support now is only for
       VT102, Linux, OS/2, and MSDOS consoles.

	key	     command
	<f1>	     help
	<f2>	     tagline help
	<f3>	     view taglines
	<f4>	     list available QWK	packets
	<f5>	     show terms	of license
	<f10>	     `next' for	text search.
	<home>	     goto first	message	in conference [keypad upper left]
	<end>	     goto last message in conference [keypad lower left]
	<page up>    view messages in reverse order [keypad upper right]
	<page dn>    view messages in forward order [keypad lower right]
	<keypad	`5'> `N' either	`next' or `no' (depends	on context)
	<up arrow>   recall previous command in	history
	<down arrow> recall next command in history

       ATP uses	the Rich Salz and Simmule  Turner  command-line	 editor.  This
       provides	 a  simple but powerful	emacs-like command-line	editing	inter-
       face to its users.  Previous commands  may  be  recalled	 by  scrolling
       through	the  command history with the arrow keys. A line may be	edited
       before it is  sent  by  typing  either  control	characters  or	escape
       sequences.  A control character,	shown as a caret followed by a letter,
       is typed	by holding down	the ``control''	key while the letter is	typed.
       For  example,  ``^A''  is a control-A. An escape	sequence is entered by
       typing the ``escape'' key followed by  one  or  more  characters.   The
       escape  key  is	abbreviated as ``ESC.''	Note that unlike control keys,
       case matters  in	 escape	 sequences;  ``ESC F''	is  not	 the  same  as
       ``ESC f''.  Auto	 command completion is invoked by pressing the ``TAB''
       key. If there is	more than one possible completion, ``ESC ?'' will dis-
       play the	available alternatives.

       An  editing  command may	be typed anywhere on the line, not just	at the
       beginning.  In addition,	a return may also be  typed  anywhere  on  the
       line, not just at the end.

       Most editing commands may be given a repeat count, n, where n is	a num-
       ber.  To	enter a	repeat count, type the escape  key,  the  number,  and
       then  the  command to execute.  For example, ``ESC 4 ^f'' moves forward
       four characters.	 If a command may be given a  repeat  count  then  the
       text ``[n]'' is given at	the end	of its description.

       Please  see  the	 man page editline(3) for more details.	 The following
       are a list of the basic control characters and commands:

	      ^A	  Move to the beginning	of the line
	      ^B	  Move left (backwards)	[n]
	      ^D	  Delete character [n]
	      ^E	  Move to end of line
	      ^F	  Move right (forwards)	[n]
	      ^G	  Ring the bell
	      ^H	  Delete character before cursor (backspace key) [n]
	      ^I	  Complete filename (tab key); see below
	      ^J	  Done with line (return key)
	      ^K	  Kill to end of line (or column [n])
	      ^L	  Redisplay line
	      ^M	  Done with line (alternate return key)
	      ^N	  Get next line	from history [n]
	      ^P	  Get previous line from history [n]
	      ^R	  Search backward (forward if [n]) through history for text
			  must start line if text begins with an uparrow
	      ^T	  Transpose characters
	      ^V	  Insert next character, even if it is an edit command
	      ^W	  Wipe to the mark
	      ^X^X	  Exchange current location and	mark
	      ^Y	  Yank back last killed	text
	      ^]c	  Move forward to next character ``c''
	      ^?	  Delete character before cursor (delete key) [n]
	      ESC	  start	an escape sequence (escape key)
	      TAB	  auto command completion
	      ESC ?	  suggest alternative completions

	      Note: use	the up/down arrow keys to recall previous commands.

       Version 1.50 January 1997 -- fourth release of ATP

	    Full termcap support for non-ansi terminals. No limits on  message
	    size  for  any version. Replies can	now be directed	to any message
	    area with `r' command. New `x' command for cross posting. Improved
	    `r'	and `c'	commands for re-directing replies to different message
	    areas.  Use	^C to cancel `find' search.  Add perl script `atpdiag'
	    to	 help	diagnose   proper   configuration.    Rot-13   message
	    shroud/unshroud added.  GNU	autoconf  support  provides  configure
	    script  for	 building  ATP on Unix systems.	 Tom Glaab contributes
	    tagline steal/add (thanks!). Tagline `tag on/off' commands	added.
	    MSDOS  16  bit version can swap itself out when spawning sub-shell
	    if linked with Ralph Brown's spawno	libraries. MSDOS versions  now
	    DESQview  aware.  Stefan Reinauer contributes German language sup-
	    port. Code re-organized with greater modularity  and  strong  type
	    checking in	mind.  Source includes ansi2knr	to allow building with
	    non-ANSI C compiler.  Can now be compiled with C++.	  Various  bug
	    fixes and improvements.

       Version 1.42 September 4, 1993 -- third release of ATP

	    This  release  sports  improved  `find'  and `clean' commands. The
	    `clean' command now	allows selective purging of messages that have
	    been  marked killed	with the `k' key. It also allows truncation of
	    message bases to the last `n' messages. All	in all	a  much	 nicer
	    way	    to	   maintain	message	    bases.     Derric	 Scott
	    ( provided	the patches for	 the  improved
	    `find'  command which highlights found text	in reverse video.  ATP
	    supports messages up to 180,000 bytes  in  size  (more  than  3000
	    lines).  The  ATP  command line is now 8 bit clean and will	accept
	    the	so called "high	ascii" and foreign language characters.

	    PCBoard long subject lines are now supported  but  this  is	 still
	    experimental. Users	may toggle this	feature	with the `pcb' command
	    from the command line. The `blt' command displays a	list of	avail-
	    able bulletins, then type the bulletin name	that you wish to view.
	    Alan Barclay provided patches for SCO which	also added the `qscan'
	    command  for  a  quick  scan of abbreviated	message	headers.  Many
	    bugs have been fixed and efforts to	greater	portability have  con-
	    tinued. OS/2 is now	supported.  Jim	Gomes provided Windows and MSC
	    support. It	has been reported that ATP runs	under the AMIGA	but no
	    patches  were  submitted  for inclusion in this release. Thanks to
	    David Fox for his bug reports and ideas.

       Version 1.41 Spring 1993	-- beta	testing	release	of ATP

	    Closed beta	testing	with interested	individuals.

       Version 1.4 November 1992 -- second release of ATP

	    Now	ATP includes a separate	conference for replies.	Replies	may be
	    killed  with the `k' command or security toggled with the `p' com-
	    mand.  The `find' command and `next' command were added  for  text
	    search.  The  Rich Salz and	Simmule	Turner line editing library is
	    now	included. This gives powerful Emacs style command line editing
	    and	 history  recall.   Please check the separate copyright	notice
	    regarding this library.  Three character sets are  now  supported:
	    ISO	Latin1,	7bit, and MSDOS. On terminals which support VT102 line
	    graphics, MSDOS line graphics  are	translated  appropriately.  In
	    addition,  for  some terminals, special function keys are now sup-

	    Limits on number of	conferences per	BBS is now set	at  8192  with
	    dynamic  memory allocation for supporting data structures. Message
	    size limit has been	 increased  from  32K  bytes  to  150K	bytes,
	    roughly  3000 lines	of typical message text.  Limits on the	number
	    of taglines	have been removed. Taglines are	now stored in a	 sepa-
	    rate  tagline  file	 "taglines.atp".  Taglines may now be selected
	    randomly (automatically or manually)  as  well  as	directly.  Bug
	    fixes  and	general	 code  cleanup	also  were done. Code has been
	    brought into stricter compliance with ANSI	and  POSIX  standards.
	    Sorry  K&R.	 No matter what	your system GNU	GCC is recommended for
	    compiling ATP.

	    ATP	has been compiled and tested on	a number of systems  for  this
	    release  including Esix, Linux, SVR4, 386bsd, and MSDOS. For MSDOS
	    it is recommended that DJ Delorie's	port of	GNU GCC	be used.  This
	    is	a very nice compiler and it will compile Unix source code very
	    easily. It requires	a 386 or better	computer. ATP will  also  com-
	    pile under the large model of Borland's Turbo C but	the limits are

       Version 1.3 July	1992 --	first release of ATP

	    McWilliams.	Character set  translation  MSDOS/Linux,  Linux/MSDOS.
	    Personal mail alarm. Personal mail conference. Correct reply head-
	    ers, correct time and conference numbers. Command line processing.
	    Improved  command  parsing.	 Rewrite fget()	to handle pathological
	    control.dat	files.	Taglines and tagline management. Ansi  editing
	    of	entries.  Replies  queries:  save, abort, edit.	Message	header
	    scanning. Bug fixes. Improved message quoting. Correction of  con-
	    ference Autojoin();	Tested under Linux 0.96c and Esix R.4.0.

       Version 1.2 April 1992 -- first Unix/Linux port of AzerTyuioP.

	    Salazar.  Unix-izing  for Linux. Conversion	of path	names. Writing
	    new	string comparison functions. Reworking system.c	 and  system.h
	    modules  for portability.  First version to	unarc packets and read
	    them under	Linux.	 Improved  handling  of	 control.dat  parsing.
	    Introduction of array to track real	conference numbers versus con-
	    ference ordinal numbers.

       Version 1.1 November 1990 -- Cougnenc releases AzerTyuioP code.

	    Cougnenc. Code to experimental QWK reader AzerTyuioP is   released
	    for	 MSDOS.	 Primarily  useful  as	tool for studying QWK packets.
	    Cougnenc had no documentation on  the  layout  so  this  work  was
	    empirical  in  nature.  Includes both French and English capabili-
	    ties, set-able  at	compile	 time.	 Reader	 creates  archives  of
	    received messages.

       Many  thanks to Rene Cougnenc for his AzerTyuioP	from which much	of ATP
       is derived. Also	thanks must be given to	Mark Salazar who provided  the
       first quasi-functional Unix version of AzerTyuioP which was able	to un-
       archive packets and read	mail. A	big thanks to all  who	have  provided
       patches	particularly Derric Scott with enhancements to the `find' com-
       mand. Alan Barclay provided fixes and added functionality with his  SCO
       patches.	 Tom Glaab has provided	nice enhancements to the tagline func-
       tionality such as the `steal' command. Stefan Reinauer provided	German
       language	support. Also thanks to	Jim Gomes, Dane	Beko, Patrick Lee, Ron
       Smith, and David	Fox who	have provided  useful  suggestions,  contribu-
       tions, and bug-reports.

       Copyright (C) 1992,1993,1997 Thomas McWilliams.
       ATP is copyrighted free software	provided WITHOUT warranty of any kind,
       NOT EVEN	the implied warranty of	merchantability	 or  fitness  for  any
       particular  purpose.  Use at your own risk.  ATP	may be used in any way
       you wish	so long	as you comply with the provisions of the Free Software
       Foundation GNU General Public License; either version 2 of the License,
       or (at your option) any later version. Essentially this means that  you
       *MUST*  provide the source code for any works derived from ATP when you
       distribute binaries. You	can not	withhold the rights which you yourself
       have been granted. Please type `show terms' from	ATP's command line for
       a display of warranty disclaimer	and pointers to	 pertinent  documents.
       This  software  should  have come with a	copy of	the GNU	General	Public
       License.	You may	obtain a copy of this license by writing to:

		   Free	Software Foundation, Inc.,
		   675 Mass Ave,
		   Cambridge, MA 02139,	USA.

       Bug reports, suggestions, and code contributions	are welcome.   If  you
       have  ported  ATP  to  another  system,	your are welcome to submit the
       patches so that they might be incorporated into the next	release.   Bug
       reports should include a	way for	me to reproduce	the bug.

       Fido  netmail  may  be  sent to me at node 1:109/615 and	I am sometimes
       reachable via the Internet at one of the	following locations:

       Snail mail may be sent to:

		   Thomas McWilliams
		   P.O.	Box 7545
		   Arlington, VA 22207

       Source code for ATP can be found	at:


	      atpdiag(1), editline(3), zip(1), unzip(1), rot13(1)

ATP 1.50			4 January 1997				ATP(1)


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