Preliminary FAQ for using the apple2 file archives at grind.isca.uiowa.edu
The Iowa Students Computing Association (ISCA) runs three machines at the
University of Iowa. These provide a BBS (ISCABBS), file archives, and a
gopher-like information service (Panda).
ISCABBS resides on whip.isca.uiowa.edu (telnet bbs.isca.uiowa.edu)
ISCA File System resides on grind.isca.uiowa.edu (telnet/ftp grind.isca.uiowa.)
Panda Data Service resides on chop.isca.uiowa.edu (telnet panda.isca.uiowa.edu)
The file system for ISCA is on grind.isca.uiowa.edu. It can be contacted via
dial-up modem (319/335-6408 or 335-6409, 8 bit/No parity/1 stop bit), telnet,
or anonymous ftp.
By dial-up and telnet you have the following protocols:
Xmodem Ymodem Zmodem Kermit FTP
By anonymous FTP you have ftp, of course.
However, due to limitations of Weegs (the U of Iowa computer center) networks
only Kermit and Zmodem work for downloads. (of course FTP works too)
To login to the ISCA File System on grind:
telnet grind.isca.uiowa.edu and login as 'iscabbs' (no quotes)
or ftp grind.isca.uiowa.edu and login as 'anonymous' or 'ftp', use
you email address for a password.
login in as 'anonymous' or 'ftp', use email addr for password
Use ls or dir to see files/directories
Use cd [directory] to move down a level, cd .. to move up a level
Use get or mget to download files to your local system
Use put or mput to upload a file(s) into the 'upload' directory. Send
obvious as to content.
(Consult you local man page on ftp and/or ftpd for more information)
login as 'iscabbs' (no quotes, lowercase)
Select a download protocol (FTP, XYZmodem, Kermit). If you are from somewhere
other than the Univeristy of Iowa, your best bet is to use FTP. You would
choose FTP as a download protocaol, download the file(s) to a local machine,
and then do whatever is necessary to get the files from that system to your
You will have a menu at bottom of screen. Use a single key-press to
Files System Commands:
<?> - Gives you this short list of help.
<H>elp - Gives you a more complete listing of help.
<F>iles - Shows what is available in the current directory.
<C>hange dir - Change directory.
<V>iew - Show contents of a file, either text or archive.
<D>ownload - Send a file to your computer.
<A>dd file - Add file to batch download list.
<N>ew - Show all the new files since a date.
<S>earch - Show files/descriptions matching a text pattern.
<T>ree - Shows you the tree structure of the file system.
<U>pload - Upload a file.
<Z>ap - Resets (asks again) for the machine/account to ftp to.
< > (space) - MORE prompt continue.
<Q>uit - MORE prompt stop.
<K>onfig - Configure rows/columns, IRC.Telnet kludge.
<L>ogout - Leave the system.
<P> - Specify download protocol.
When you first enter the filesystem menu, you will be in the "root"
directory called /, which has no files. However, if you type F (files),
you will get a list of available directories that may change to. Type C
(change) and at the prompt enter "apple2". At this point, you would again
type F to see what files are available. To choose another directory type
C and enter the directory name. Use .. to move up a directory. If you see
a file that looks interesting, type D to download it, and at the prompt, enter
its name. The file transfer will start.
Other useful things would be V to view a file, or T to see the file system
Good luck. I hope to have the 1 Gig drive up before fall semester. The file
system is at 120Meg now, and no space problem (yet). I'll have admin help
soon. Give your suggestions on organization.