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Herman J. Woltring
05-07-1992, 07:23 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

Some of the files in the Biomch-L database have been classified as PRV, i.e.,
for subscribers only. A problem may arise if a subscriber has double addres-
ses on, e.g., BITNET and on the Internet, if (s)he is known as a subscriber
under only one of these, and if (s)he tries to retrieve a PRV file from the
other address.

BITNET has the possibility that equivalent Internet names are recognized for
the appropriate BITNET name, so file retrieval does not pose a problem, then.
However, making this information available to the BITNET servers is the local
networking staff's responsibility, and this is not always taken care of, or
only after a considerable delay (depending on user complaints). For example,
my BITNET node name HNYKUN53 is aka ("also known as") nici.kun.nl and as
psych.kun.nl. Until recently, email notes using the Internet mailer for the
kun.nl Internet domain could not be mapped to the HNYKUN53.BITNET address,
and PRV (or list-owner) commands to the ListServer were rejected as I am
known in the Biomch-L database under my BITNET address only.

In principle, one might subscribe under all one's different addresses, and
set all of them except one to NOMAIL. A much better approach is, however, to
ensure that equivalent names are registered on BITNET. Recently, this was
done for HNYKUN53.BITNET, as you can see from the Internet entry in the reply
from NETSERV@HEARN.BITNET / NETSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL to the query

SEND NODENTRY HNYKUN53

Anyone having trouble in retrieving PRV files (e.g., the recently announced
VENDOR92 EMG BIOMCH-L file) should verify whether (s)he is ordering a file
from his/her known subscription address. If you don't know which one this
is, do a QUERY BIOMCH-L or a REVIEW BIOMCH-L (COUNTRIES to the LISTSERVer
address. Last but not least, ask your system mgt to upgrade the BITNET
database for your node with the equivalent Internet information; you can
find out who this is by sending a

SEND NODENTRY your_BITNET_node

to any NETSERVer on BITNET, e.g., NETSERV@BITNIC in the USA, or NETSERV@DEARN
in Germany.

With kind regards -- hjw.