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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    As of this morning, the Biomch-L archives are accessible via anonymous
    FTP at hearn.nic.surfnet.nl, login anonymous, no password, cd biomch-l.
    Hans-Ulrich Giese, the national EARN/BITNET coordinator for The Nether-
    lands, has kindly set up this facility for us.

    The regular, monthly archives can be retrieved in ASCII mode via the
    standard commands GET BIOMCH-L.LOGyymm, where yy = 89 ... 92, and mm =
    01 ... 12 (the earliest archive is BIOMCH-L.LOG8906, i.e., for June 1989).
    Also all other files are available here, but a disadvantage is that
    they do not have their original names, but are numbered sequentially
    as 00000001.BIOMCH-L, 00000002.BIOMCH-L, etc. It is not clear at this
    moment how this should be changed. The commands appear to be case
    insensitive, while a dot must be placed between file name and file
    extension; when issueing a DIRectory command, the listed index does
    not provide these dots, though.

    Furthermore, there are files BIOMCH-L.DBINDEX and BIOMCH-L.DBNAMES which
    are for internal ListServer use. The former contains the list of all
    postings, with their originators and Subject lines plus a numerical code
    which, I presume, indicates the year, month, and position in an archive
    file, while the latter merely contains the names of the monhtly archives
    and the number of records in each of them.

    I hope that this facility will make it easier for the membership to access
    our archives, especially in view of the increasing number of subscribers on
    the Internet and BITNET subscribers whose machines are also on the Internet.
    Note that (as posted some time ago) such double identities should be regis-
    tered on BITNET, as you can find out by sending the command

    SHOW ALIAS your_site_name

    either interactively (on BITNET) or in the main body of an email note to
    ListServ@hearn.bitnet or to ListServ@nic.surfnet.nl. If your receive a
    negative reply, I suggest that you inform your local system management
    that this should be done (if you do not know who they are, just send a

    SHOW ADMIN your_bitnet_sitename

    to the ListServer).

    For those of you new on Biomch-L, I'd like to mention the existence of a
    DataBase search facility. Send the command INFO DATABASE to the ListServer
    for details, in the same manner as above for the SHOW ALIAS command, and
    the command INFO ? for information on various other information files.
    The latter command provides the INFO keyword command for the particular
    file, and (in parentheses) the real name of that file as retrievable from
    the ListServer through the GET or SEND commands.

    hjw.

    P.S.: It would be nice if someone could provide a "pretty print" utility
    that operates on the DBINDEX file (VM, VMS, UNIX, MSDOS, etc.?),
    including the possibility to order on keywords in the Subject lines
    or poster ID.
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