How to read usenet news with MINUET and PMAIL.
Pegasus Mail for DOS is the ultimate mail client for this
fossil, but reliable operating system.
It has excellent reading capabilities, but no simple
possibility of working with usenet news. It supports
noticeboards that can be acceded from the main menu.
Minuet for DOS is an internet client that has excellent
capabilities to download usenet news, but is not very good at
reading them because it lacks MIME and wordwrap of long
lines. Both programs run in DOS, needing only a 286
or better and 1 MBy of memory.
Pmail and Minuet download and read new mail and news in
individual files. They are not compatible because Minuet
downloads each message as a file named with consecutive
numbers and null extension (i.e. 12345678. ), but PMail can
only read messages in its noticeboard as files with extension
..CNB (i.e. 122345678.CNB).
You could download usenet news with Minuet, rename all the
files by adding the extension .CNB and then read them with
Pmail. This is not very easy, as Minuet downloads each
message in diferent subdirectories, one for each newsgroup.
A better way is to modify PMAIL.EXE so that it searches for
files with null extension instead of .CNB. You can do this
Modifying is easily done by editing PMAIL.EXE in two
places. You simply have to find the three letters CNB and
replace them with three spaces.
1)- In autoexec.bat add: SET NB=c:\minuet. This is the way
to tell Pmail where the Notice Board is located.
2)- In c:\minuet add file: NB.ID with the following
(should be the same name you use when you login Pmail i.e.
the name after the -u option)
You can also put here:
Short name: (directory name if empty)
Long name: (the name of the newsgroup)
Expiry: (How long to keep the messages, you need a other tool to
delete expired messages).
3)- A NB.ID in every minuet newsgroup directory, otherwise it
will NOT be detected by Pmail as a newsbox!
If you want I can send PMAIL 3.51 to you.
Minuet can be downloaded from www.fdisk.com.
The command-line interface is a vestige of an era of macho computing.
Ing. Alejandro Lieber