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New z-modem protocol docs for Hermes BBS
RELEASE NOTES FOR HERMES BBS V1.9
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Please follow these instructions closely to update your system to this version.
And, of course, MAKE A BACKUP before installing. PLEASE REVIEW ALL OF THE
INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING THE INSTALLATION.
1] Replace the current copy of the APPLICATION ONLY with the new application
file named "Hermes v1.9". You may rename it whatever you wish.
2] Replace the file "Transfer Protocols" with the copy that came with this
3] Replace your "Externals" folder in your Hermes Files folder with the
"Externals" folder in the Hermes Files folder of this archive. None of the
user externals that worked with v1.8 will work with v1.9. This is a one
time change and in the future externals written for earlier versions will
always work with future versions. New versions of most externals should be
available on the support BBS soon.
4] Open the new application and select your Hermes Shared file as you
will be prompted to do.
5] Go to the Sysop menu and select your desired number of nodes.
6] Quit and restart the program.
7] Open Node Prefs for each node and set the appropriate values for your
8] This version requires that registered users enter a new serial
number. All old serial numbers are invalid, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOGON and
do not allow other users to logon until you have replaced your serial number.
Strange things will happen if you do.
The first step is to access the terminal mode of Hermes to dial the support
BBS. Registered users may obtain their serial number by typing "." at the
Instructions for serial number installation will be available below your
serial number. After your new serial number is installed, your installation
1] Bug in lowering the max files number in transfer dialog fixed.
2] Batch uploads are now implemented! To use them, simply select the batch
capable protocol you want (currently only Zmodem batch) and use the standard
batch control area accessed by X or B from the transfer menu. It will then
allow you to upload the batch in the order specified. A good deal of the transfer code was rewritteplement this.
3] When not using the Xfer Window, the text indicator would appear at the bottom of a node's window transfer occured. Now, the name of the
file being transferred will also be printed in that area.
4] Various strings were added and changed in the STR# resources.
5] The Free Downloads option did not work correctly with the downloads ratio
turned on, this has been fixed.
6] A date line was added to the //MAILR command to assist in determining the
age of a message.
7] External interface has been modified to support some new additions. None
of the externals which worked with previous versions will work with v1.9.
These changes will allow future expansion without breaking any externals and
give access to the email system to external authors. Do not attempt to run
old externals, they will crash without exception. A new HEI19 file will
be posted to the support BBS documenting the changes for programmers.
8] Hermes will now detect the portInUse error and switch to None for a port.
This will assist in determining the cause of connection problems. For
instance, if AppleTalk is on and you tried to access the Printer port with
Hermes in previous versions, it would mysteriously not work. Now, this
condition will be detected and the sysop will be notified. The port will then
be reset to None.
9] Selecting Hardware Handshake will now make sure that DTR Hangup is not in
use and will disable it whenever hardware handshake is on. The Mac serial
ports do not allow the two to be used simultaneously. Even though the manual
documented that these two features were not mutually compatible, this feature
10] The absolutely perennial problem that nearly every new user has had with
Hermes has been not knowing how to set the message path correctly. That
process has been slightly modified in this release to help alleviate the
problems. The "Set Path" button no longer exists. At startup, Hermes
will look for the Messages folder in the Hermes Files folder. If it is not
found, Hermes will bring up a dialog asking you to find it. You may hold down
the option key on startup to change the path. Just for reference, you can
also hold down the command key on startup to change the Hermes Shared file
path. What this essentially means is that 99% of users will never have to
set their message path. Those who do are those who want to keep their messages
separately on a RAM disk or other hard drive for instance.
11] The modem driver structure has been changed to allow better support
of the plethora of baud rates, compressions and error control standards. The
basic change is as follows. Only the result code lines have changed. The
"Writing Modem Drivers" document will be updated in the GFile section
of the support BBS to reflect the changes.
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