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GOPHFILT(1)		    General Commands Manual		   GOPHFILT(1)

NAME
       gophfilt	- oneshot connection to	gopher document	server

SYNOPSIS
       gophfilt	[-t type] [-p path] [-h	host] [-s port]	[-i item]

DESCRIPTION
       The  gophfilt program is	a oneshot command line driven version of a go-
       pher client, suitable for use in	shell- or awk-scripts.

       The Internet Gopher is a	distributed document delivery service.	It al-
       lows a neophyte user to access various types of data residing on	multi-
       ple hosts in a seamless fashion.	 This is  accomplished	by  presenting
       the user	a hierarchical arrangement of documents	and by using a client-
       server communications model.  The Internet Gopher Server	accepts	simple
       queries,	and responds by	sending	the client a document.

       Gophfilt	 can  operate in either	of two modes.  The first one is	in the
       spirit of unix filters, in that it accepts requests on stdin and	writes
       results	to  stdout.   The  request  is	in the form of a tab-delimited
       .cache item.  For example:

	  1Master Gopher at UMN	   1/	gopher.tc.umn.edu   70

       (Or in string notation)

	  "1Master Gopher at UMN\t1/\tgopher.tc.umn.edu\t70\n"

       This example would result in the	retrieval of the root  directory  from
       the Master Gopher.

       Gophfilt's other	mode permits the construction of a gopher request from
       arguments provided on the command line.	 In  this  "manual"  mode,  at
       least  the  path	and type items must be provided.  The default host and
       port are	taken from the file conf.h at module build time.

       -p specifies the	path to	the requested data.  From our "filter" example
       above, the field	"1/" is	the path.

       -t  specifies  the type of the requested	data.  From our	example	above,
       the leading "1" character is the	type (directory, in this case).

       -h specifies the	name of	the host where the server is to	be found.  The
       default host (CLIENT1_HOST from file conf.h) is used if not provided.

       -s specifies the	service	(port) that the	server is monitoring.  The de-
       fault port (CLIENT1_PORT	from file conf.h) is used if not provided.

       -i specifies a search item.  This field immediately  follows  the  path
       field in	the transmitted	request.

       -T  specifies  a	receiver timeout in seconds.  This is the maximum time
       that gophfilt will wait for more	data.  If the "timeout"	 return	 value
       is  noticed  by	the  calling  program, any data	received to that point
       should be considered suspect.

       To recreate using manual	operation the request from  our	 example,  one
       would execute the following command.

       gophfilt	-t 1 -p	1/ -h gopher.tc.umn.edu	-s 70

MORE EXAMPLES
       Here  is	 an  example that demonstrates the usefulness of the gophfilt.
       This specific example only works	on the Rutgers campus, but illustrates
       the point

       gophfilt	-t 0 -p	"webster default SPELL"	-i flatulence
	 -h hangout.rutgers.edu	-s 770 | gophfilt

       This  example  requests	a selector item	from the Webster's Dictionary,
       and then	pipes that item	to gophfilt for	subsequent  retrieval  of  the
       actual definition.  The result is available on stdout for use.

RETURNS
       Gophfilt	returns	the following completion codes on exit:

	   0 Successful	completion.

	  -1 Error in parsing command line arguments.

	  -2 Manual operation and insufficient parameters were provided.

	  -3 Piped operation and unable	to read	selector from stdin.

	  -4 Unsupported item type requested.

	  -5 Unable to connect to specified host and port combination.

	  -6 Error encountered writing to stdout.

	  -7 Timeout occurred while waiting for	more data.

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