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DISLOCATE(1)		    General Commands Manual		  DISLOCATE(1)

NAME
       Dislocate - disconnect and reconnect processes

SYNOPSIS
       dislocate [ program args...  ]

INTRODUCTION
       Dislocate  allows  processes  to	be disconnected	and reconnected	to the
       terminal.  Possible uses:

	      o	  You can disconnect a process from a terminal at work and re-
		  connect from home, to	continue working.

	      o	  After	 having	your line be dropped due to noise, you can get
		  back to your process	without	 having	 to  restart  it  from
		  scratch.

	      o	  If  you  have	a problem that you would like to show someone,
		  you can set up the scenario at your  own  terminal,  discon-
		  nect,	walk down the hall, and	reconnect on another terminal.

	      o	  If  you are in the middle of a great game (or	whatever) that
		  does not allow you to	save, and someone else kicks  you  off
		  the terminal,	you can	disconnect, and	reconnect later.

USAGE
       When run	with no	arguments, Dislocate tells you about your disconnected
       processes and lets you reconnect	to one.	 Otherwise, Dislocate runs the
       named program along with	any arguments.

       By default, ^] is an escape that	lets you talk to Dislocate itself.  At
       that point, you can disconnect (by pressing ^D)	or  suspend  Dislocate
       (by pressing ^Z).

       Any  Tcl	or Expect command is also acceptable at	this point.  For exam-
       ple, to insert the contents of a	the file /etc/motd as if you had typed
       it, say:

	    send -i $out [exec cat /etc/motd]

       To send the numbers 1 to	100 in response	to the prompt "next #",	say:

	    for	{set i 0} {$i<100} {incr i} {
		expect -i $in "next #"
		send -i	$out "$i\r"
	    }

       Scripts	can  also be prepared and sourced in so	that you don't have to
       type them on the	spot.

       Dislocate is actually just a simple Expect script.  Feel	free  to  make
       it do what you want it to do or just use	Expect directly, without going
       through Dislocate.  Dislocate  understands  a  few  special  arguments.
       These  should appear before any program name.  Each should be separated
       by whitespace.  If the  arguments  themselves  takes  arguments,	 these
       should also be separated	by whitespace.

       The  -escape flag sets the escape to whatever follows.  The default es-
       cape is ^].

CAVEATS
       This program was	written	by the author as an exercise to	show that com-
       municating  with	 disconnected  processes is easy.  There are many fea-
       tures that could	be added, but that is not the intent of	this program.

SEE ALSO
       Tcl(3), libexpect(3)
       "Exploring Expect: A Tcl-Based Toolkit for Automating Interactive  Pro-
       grams" by Don Libes, O'Reilly and Associates, January 1995.

AUTHOR
       Don Libes, National Institute of	Standards and Technology

				7 October 1993			  DISLOCATE(1)

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