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    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.
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