[rc5] Best setup for infrequent dial-up connection

Slim slim at ipapilot.org
Sun Oct 26 01:22:10 EST 1997

So if dial-on-demand is installed, there's no way to have the client look
for an existing dial-up connection without making one itself. What I'm
trying to avoid is saying, "Okay, Mom, now what you want to do is open a
command line and flush and refill your buffers with the -update switch." I
realize I could set up a shortcut or something, but ideally I'd like to
make it *completely* transparent. There are a bunch of computers I could
run this on if it required absolutely nothing from the computer's owner.
I'd let them know what it was and what it did, but I wouldn't expect them
to do anything in the way of maintenance or allow it to be at all
intrusive, by making unexpected dial-up connections for example.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Charron <tcharron at interlog.com>
To: rc5 at llamas.net <rc5 at llamas.net>
Date: Sunday, October 26, 1997 12:51 AM
Subject: Re: [rc5] Best setup for infrequent dial-up connection

> There's been some mention of -frequent and -runoffline command-line
> switches, some combination of which may accomplish what I'm trying to
> but they don't appear to be documented anywhere. Can someone shed some

This is pretty weak in terms of documentation, but until a client faq
is created...

'rc564 help' will give a quick list of command line options. Most
of the options correspond to those configurable via 'rc564 -config'.
Other options of interest are:
-runoffline: Never try to access the network for fetches/flushes
             when buffers are empty, generate random ones.
             (useful for non-connected clients, or when sharing buffers)
-runbuffers: Like -runoffline, but when the current input buffer
             is empty, quit.
-frequent:   This will make the client perform an update every couple
             of minutes.  If dial-on-demand is not installed, then
             this is the best way to automatically take advantage of
             an occassional network connection.
-nodisk:     No buffer files are saved on disk.  Everything is held
             in memory.  This will allow hard disks to go into power
             save modes.
-nofallback: Usually, after failed server connection attempts, an
             attempt to rc5proxy.distributed.net will be made.  This
             will disable this behaviour.
-forceunlock:It is possible for a buffer to become locked permanently
             if the client should crash while the buffer is locked.
             This option will force the buffer to be unlocked.

-- Tim

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