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archie Clients


There are two main-stream archie clients, one called (naturally enough) `archie', the other `xarchie' (for X-Windows). They query the archie databases and yield a list of systems that have the requested file(s) available for anonymous FTP, without requiring an interactive session to the server. For example, to find the same information you tried with the server command `prog', you could type

% archie vine.tar.Z
Host athene.uni-paderborn.de
    Location: /local/X11/more_contrib
           FILE -rw-r--r--      18854  Nov 15 1990  vine.tar.Z

Host emx.utexas.edu
    Location: /pub/mnt/source/games
           FILE -rw-r--r--      12019  May  7 1988  vine.tar.Z

Host export.lcs.mit.edu
    Location: /contrib
           FILE -rw-r--r--      15548  Oct  9 00:29  vine.tar.Z

Note that your system administrator may not have installed the archie clients yet; the source is available on each of the archie servers, in the directory `archie/clients'.

Using the X-windows client is much more intuitive--if it's installed, just read its man page and give it a whirl. It's essential for the networked desktop.

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