: Does anyone know how to get minicom to talk over a serial line directly
: for simple file transfer? It doesn't seem to know anything about this,
: and wants all kinds of modem commands (setting them all blank doesn't seem
: to help in itself). I know that it is possible, because I've read before
: of people using it for this purpose sucessfully.
: I would use kermit, but I need to transfer the files to/from windows
: machines, for which DOS C-kermit doesn't often work...
Because it was written for DOS, not for Windows:
: ... g-kermit doesn't seem to have a port for yet...
And if it did, it wouldn't help you -- it's not a communications program,
it's the far end for Kermit transfers over an existing connection (similar
to rz/sz on Unix). This makes sense in Unix, but not in Windows. You can't
log in remotely to a Windows shell and run arbitrary programs.
: ... and the windows c-kermit is $too much: it seems to
: be a choice between this and direct fiddling about with the serial port,
: which I *don't* fancy.
So your time is worth something?
As others have pointed out, you can use some combination of minicom and rz/sz
on Linux and Hyperterminal on Windows, but this assumes the two PCs are in
the same room and you can control both of them from their keyboards. This
is apparently your situation.
Others who might want to do the same thing, but at a distance, using modems
(or Telnet), might be interested to know that Kermit 95 for Windows includes
a "host mode" that receives incoming serial (direct or dialed) or Telnet
connections, requires the caller to login, and then presents a menu offering
various choices, including uploads and downloads. More info:
http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/k95.html Kermit 95 for Windows
http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/k95host.html Kermit 95 host mode
http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ckermit.html C-Kermit for Linux