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RXN Communications offers UUCP connectivity and site.rxn.com domain hosting in the form of RXN UUCP Service The following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about UUCP services. Please direct any additional questions you may have to support@rxn.com .

RXN UUCP FAQ - Q uestion and A nswer Table of Contents:


1. What is UUCP?
2. Why would I use UUCP today?
3. Where does UUCP fit in with other forms of mail transport?
4. How can I learn more about UUCP?
5. How can I run UUCP under DOS?
6. How can I run UUCP under OS/2?
7. How can I run UUCP under UNIX?
8. How can I run UUCP on my Mac?
9. What UUCP services does RXN offer?
10. What is the DNS MX service?
11. What UUCP service performance measures exist?
12. What usenet newsgroups are available to RXN UUCP Service sites?
13. What fees are associated with the RXN UUCP Service?
14. How do I setup a RXN UUCP Service?

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Q 1. What is UUCP?
A "First designed in 1976 as part of a research project at AT&T Bell Laboratories, UUCP -- which stands for Unix-to-Unix CoPy -- gave UNIX systems the ability to transfer files and execute programs remotely via a telephone line or serial connection. Although 20 years have passed since the first version of UUCP appeared, it is still very much in use, doing the same basic things." --from Ed Ravin et al, " Using & Managing UUCP ", O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. , 1996.
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Q 2. Why would I use UUCP today?
A UUCP allows systems that do not have a permanent connection to the Internet (such as dialup computer bulletin boards and small company offices) to send and receive internet email and usenet news, for multiple users, in a store and forward manner, over existing dialup phone lines. The host site and the UUCP site communicate on a predetermined schedule, leaving the UUCP site phone line free for other use (voice, FAX, or BBS) between transfers.
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Q 3. Where does UUCP fit in with other forms of mail transport?
A The following is a crude comparison of mail transport mechanisms typically used over conventional analog telephone lines:
Service    User    Network    Network   Transport  Application
Type       Type    Interface  Protocol  Protocol   Service
=========  ======  ========== ========= ========== ============
On-demand  Single  SLIP       IP        TCP        POP3
On-demand  Single  PPP        IP        TCP        POP3
On-demand  Multi   UUCICO     UUCICO    UUX/RMAIL  UUCP
Dedicated  Multi   SLIP       IP        TCP        SMTP
Dedicated  Multi   PPP        IP        TCP        SMTP
SLIP and PPP TCP / IP links offer the flexibility of accessing Internet services in addition to POP3 and SMTP , but UUCP is unique in offering multi-user mail transport on a non-dedicated analog telephone line. This makes UUCP a useful option for sites without a dedicated telephone line (small offices) or sites with additional needs for their telephone line (electronic bulletin board systems). Additional information can be found in John Wobus' Email Protocol FAQ in both hypertext or plain text .
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Q 4. How can I learn more about UUCP?
A A number of online resources provide good background reading for the UUCP student:
RFC 976 - UUCP Mail Interchange Format Standard
comp.mail.uucp usenet newsgroup for UUCP discussion
UUCP Internals Frequently Asked Questions
UUCP g Protocol
UUCP t Protocol
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Q 5. How can I run UUCP under DOS?
A UUCP implementations vary from operating system to operating system. Non-UNIX operating systems typically require additional software to provide full UUCP connectivity.

DOS: Tom Dell's Waffle BBS shareware includes a Usenet news and UUCP mail system that runs under DOS. Jorge Cwik's shareware uucico implementation runs under DOS and works well with Waffle.

UUCP and News Software for PCs and MACs
waf165.zip Tom Dell's Waffle BBS v1.65
fxuci1.zip Jorge Cwik's FXUUCICO v1.00
Jorge Cwik's FXUUCICO v1.00 Documentation
Those interested in gating internet email and usenet news to FTN netmail and FTN echomail , respectively, may wish to consider Jason Fesler's GIGO gateway software. Fredgate is another option, although not for the faint of heart...
gigo0109.zip GIGO v010997 gatway executables for DOS
gigd0121.zip GIGO v012197 gateway documentation
fred19q.arj Fredgate v19q gateway package
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Q 6. How can I run UUCP under OS/2?
A UUCP implementations vary from operating system to operating system. Non-UNIX operating systems typically require additional software to provide full UUCP connectivity.

OS/2: An OS/2 version of Jason Fesler's GIGO gateway software is also available.

gigp0109.zip GIGO v010997 gateway executables for OS/2
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Q 7. How can I run UUCP under UNIX?
A UUCP implementations vary from operating system to operating system. Most UNIX variants include some level of UUCP implementation.

UNIX: Most UNIX variants include some level of UUCP implementation: either BNU UUCP (HoneyDanBer), BSD/OS UUCP (BSD 4.3 Version 2), or Taylor UUCP. If your variant does not have a UUCP implementation, you may wish to consider obtaining the Taylor UUCP sources from any FTP site that mirrors the GNU archives.

The Linux UUCP HOW-TO document
The Linux Modem HOW-TO document
The Linux Serial HOW-TO document
UUCP Internals Frequently Asked Questions
UUCP g Protocol
UUCP t Protocol
uucp-1.06.1.tar.gz Taylor UUCP 1.06 Source
uucp-doc-1.06.tar.gz Taylor UUCP 1.06 Documentation

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Q 8. How can I run UUCP on my Mac?
A UUCP implementations vary from operating system to operating system. Non-UNIX operating systems typically require additional software to provide full UUCP connectivity.

MAC: UUPC is a freeware implementation of UUCP for the MacIntosh. Some distributions can be found at the Mac software archive site at ftp://mac.archive.umich.edu .

UUCP and News Software for PCs and MACs
uupc3.1b29.cpt.hqx UUPC 3.1 implementation for Mac with PCMail 3.0 which is BinHex4.0 and Compact1.51
uupcsetup.cpt.hqx guide to setting up UUPC 3.0, ToadNews, and rnMac which is BinHex4.0 and Compact1.51
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Q 9. What UUCP services does RXN offer?
A RXN Communications offers a unique RXN UUCP Service.

RXN UUCP Service provides you with a conventional UUCP connection for internet email and usenet newsgroups. This service is of interest to administrators of UUCP-capable multi-user systems without a direct connection to the Internet (such as dialup computer bulletin boards and small company offices) who would like to make internet email and usenet newsgroups available to their users. This service includes:

  • DNS MX service for your domain.
    • Either your own domain under rxn.com with MX forwarding record. (example.rxn.com)
    • Or, your own virtual domain with MX forwarding record. (example.com)
  • Your own web page to advertise your domain on the rxn.com server. (http://www.rxn.com/~example)
  • Internet email batched for your site. (user@example.rxn.com)
  • Usenet newsgroups batched for your site.
  • AND a complimentary PPP account for the system administrator.

Due to significantly reduced demand, RXN no longer offers Gated RXN UUCP Service. This service provided internet email and usenet newsgroups translated, or gated , into Fidonet Technology Network (FTN) netmail and echomail . This service was of interest to dialup computer bulletin board system operators running FTN software who were interested in bringing internet email and usenet newsgroups to their BBS without the need for additional gating software.

If you have an interest in this type of service, please contact support@rxn.com. We will be happy to help you setup gating software at your site, and then configure you for the full RXN UUCP Service.

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Q 10. What is the DNS MX service?
A The Domain Name Service (DNS) Mail Exchanger (MX) records are used to point to a mail storage site (MX-receiver) for a site that does not typically have a permanent connection to the internet, like an UUCP site. RXN provides this service to each of our RXN UUCP Service customers.

For more information about MX-receivers, please see Burt Juda's An Explanation of MX-receivers .

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Q 11. What UUCP service performance measures exist?
A RXN provides the following UUCP service performance measures for RXN UUCP Service accounts...
  • Total Volume and Average Throughput
    • Posted weekly to the rxn.traffic usenet newsgroup, available to RXN customers only.
    • Posted weekly to the mn.traffic usenet newsgroup, available regionally.
  • Monthly Accounting
    • Emailed monthly to the UUCP site administrator.
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Q 12. What usenet newsgroups are available to RXN UUCP Service sites?
A RXN runs a secondary news server, uucp.rxn.com, in addition to its primary news server, news.rxn.com, specifically for batching news to UUCP sites. Please visit our Usenet FAQ for more information about Usenet services available via RXN UUCP.
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Q 13. What fees are associated with the RXN UUCP Service?
A See our services list for the current fee schedule. Send email to support@rxn.com if you have any questions about the fee schedule or this service.

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Q 14. How do I setup a RXN UUCP Service?
A Our UUCP smart host runs a BSD-nix flavor of UUCP that has satisfactorily batched email and news to customers running UUCP under BSD, UUCP under Linux, GIGO under OS/2, GIGO under DOS, Fredgate under DOS, and ViaUUCP under DOS. We will be happy to work with you to turn up UUCP service on your platform.

Send email to support@rxn.com to setup an RXN UUCP account.

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