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#996
Configuration Wishlist ? 14 Years, 8 Months ago  
I am using AbsoluteTelnet 4.01 on a Win 2000 laptop.
I've a couple of issues:
?(01)
In my current configration (with keepalives enabled)
I still get:
=>
Shell will time out in 60 seconds.
ksh: Timed out waiting for input.
Sometimes there's "thinktime" between actions, this,
however is an annoyance. Would it be possible in
a future release to send an escape sequence (like
a newline) every so often (time configurable to
say 850 seconds)
?(02)
Can I add to the fonts that AbsoluteTelnet recognizes?
I fonts I see aren't clear enough for me. In PuTTY. I'm
using Win92 font that's perfect for me (qws3270p.fon), raize,
proggy, andale mono all come close, but don't quite make it.
?(03)
would it be possible to set word delimiter characters in our
configuration? I would like to use a space, * and / as I
set an alias "alias ls='ls -CF'". I don't want to pick up
the '/' when I double click to select a word.

Maybe that's all possible now, but I haven't been able to find where. Thanks

[ April 03, 2006, 10:59 AM: Message edited by: Brian T. Pence ]
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#997
Re: Configuration Wishlist ? 14 Years, 8 Months ago  
All very good comments. Let me try to address them....

> ?(01)
> In my current configration (with keepalives enabled)
> I still get:
> =>
> Shell will time out in 60 seconds.
> ksh: Timed out waiting for input.
> Sometimes there's "thinktime" between actions, this,
> however is an annoyance. Would it be possible in
> a future release to send an escape sequence (like
> a newline) every so often (time configurable to
> say 850 seconds)

There's a shell variable that controls this. What is the value of your
TMOUT variable? Try setting it to something higher.

> ?(02)
> Can I add to the fonts that AbsoluteTelnet recognizes?
> I fonts I see aren't clear enough for me. In PuTTY. I'm
> using Win92 font that's perfect for me (qws3270p.fon), raize,
> proggy, andale mono all come close, but don't quite make it.

All fixed with fonts that are in Windows should be available to Absolute.
However, according to your 'translation' setting, some fonts may not
appear available. Try changing the 'translation' setting on
Options->Properties->Appearance to 'None' to see all of the fonts. If a
transation setting is chosen, only fonts supporting the selected
characeter set will be in the list.

Can you send me a copy of the font?

> ?(03)
> would it be possible to set word delimiter characters in our
> configuration? I would like to use a space, * and / as I
> set an alias "alias ls='ls -CF'". I don't want to pick up
> the '/' when I double click to select a word.

I think I understand what you mean. You want to change the list of
characters that will/ Will not be considered part of a word when you're
doing word selection. I'll consider that for an enhancement. I'll put it
on my todo list.
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#998
Re: Configuration Wishlist ? 14 Years, 8 Months ago  
Thanks. As to (1) sysadmin guys have protected TMOUT, so no I can't set it. I've also used Van Dykes secureCRT (It has that feature I was suggesting)
As to (2) I'll try as us suggest, and yes I will send you the font... just as soon as I find your email address
as to (3) you got it.
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Re: Configuration Wishlist ? 14 Years, 8 Months ago  
Ok, I've got an update that includes these fonts. The problem is that the font was flagged as fixed_pitch but was not in the 'Modern' font family. The new version only requires that it be fixed pitch.

http://www.celestialsoftware.net/telnet/...teTelnet4.04RC64.exe
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BTW, how did they 'protect' the TMOUT variable?

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Re: Configuration Wishlist ? 14 Years, 8 Months ago  
BTW, how did they 'protect' the TMOUT variable? Never mind. I just read about 'readonly' shell variables. I'm surprised I'd never heard about that feature before.

Still, I hate to implement a feature whose express purpose is to override an administrative setting. Can you ask your admins to increase your timout settings? Perhaps they meant to set it for 60 minutes. Values for the TMOUT variable are in seconds.

The keepalives implemented in Absolute are at the protocol level. They keep the network connection active by sending data packets that are discarded on the receiver side. The advantage is that it keeps the network connection hot, while not injecting any *real* data into the shell or whatever program the user may be running. When you start sending data into the shell to avoid timeouts (a newline for example), you start running into the real possibility that your newline may be interpreted incorrectly (like selecting an option in a menu or something).

Generally, there are better ways to eliminate or increase the duration of the shell timeouts. Pursue those first.
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