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I've just fired up my first Maximite; all working except for being unable to transfer files. As with many such things, most discussion assumes M$, but I'm a long-term Linux user and wanting to work using it.
I reflashed the BASIC to version 3 using an old copy of XP, but now that it's running under PCLinuxOS I need to get things configured. I'm using Minicom, which brings back fond memories of Telix, and can offer connection advice if anyone else hasn't got there yet; but Xmodem transfers don't work, and I need to fix this. Minicom invokes two external binaries - rx and sx - that handle X, Y, and Zmodem transfers, and using --help lists their commandline switches. Minicom has a configuration dialogue for them, and inserting appropriate switches should do the job. However, I don't yet know what they are.
If anyone else has already solved this I'd be much obliged for the info; otherwise I'll post my findings here, and if anyone else is willing to cooperate I'd be grateful for the assistance.
Typically you would start rx (i.e xmodem filename_to_be_transfered) on the Maximite first. Then initiate the file transfer using the minicom command i.e. Ctrl-a s, select XMODEM protocol and then the file.
In a nutshell how file transfer protocols start is the receiver sends a character to the sender to tell it is ready. The receiver will continue sending the ready character until either the sender starts the file transfer or a time out occurs.
OK, thanks for the tip. Not sure whether I can reverse the order of invocation; will check. Am wondering whether it's possible to invoke rx/sx directly from the commandline. Will do a bit more background research.
All getting too difficult. I've decided to take three steps back, which means getting on with a new Gentoo install, main reason being that most major distros these days use kernel patches, often significant, resulting in a non-standard compilation environment; so even if you resolve the b*&^%y dependencies, the d%$m thing STILL won't work because of some (probably irrelevant) kernel patch. Try to compile anything not in the repo and you're stuffed!
Will call back after I've got Gentoo working, probably with Xfce for want of anything better.