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AmiTCP/IP - TCP/IP PROTOCOL STACK FOR AMIGA RELEASE 2.0
AmiTCP/IP - TCP/IP protocol stack for Amiga
The AmiTCP/IP Programming Project Group in Helsinki University
of Technology, referred further on as AmiTCP/IP Group:
Tomi Ollila <Tomi.Ollila@cs.hut.fi>
Pekka Pessi <Pekka.Pessi@hut.fi>
Markus Peuhkuri <Markus.Peuhkuri@hut.fi>
Jarno Rajahalme <Jarno.Rajahalme@hut.fi>
E-mail address for the group: firstname.lastname@example.org
AmiTCP/IP is the first publicly available TCP/IP protocol stack
for the SANA-II interface. AmiTCP/IP provides an application level
socket interface to the Internet protocol suite as an Amiga shared
The Internet protocols, commonly known as TCP/IP, consist of user
level protocols TCP and UDP and IP as the network level protocol.
There is a wide variety of different network applications and
services using TCP/IP protocols. The BSD compatible socket
interface to Internet protocols makes it possible to port existing
applications with minor modifications.
AmiTCP/IP connects to the network via SANA-II compatible device
drivers. SANA-II is a hardware and protocol independent network
adapter interface specification published by Commodore. Several
network adapter manufactures have made available SANA-II device
drivers for their hardware. Currently there are SANA-II drivers
available at least for Ethernet, Arcnet and serial line
interfaces. You can connect to Internet with Ethernet LAN, or via
modem line with Serial line IP (SLIP) optionally with compressed
A typical application is to use (C)SLIP to connect univeristy and
have multitasking connection: you can read mails and news,
transfer files and use IRC at the same time over one modem line.
1. Standard SANA-II network device driver interface.
2. BSD-compatible socket interface as a Amiga shared library.
3. ARexx port for configuration and statistics.
4. Over 200 pages of documentation including:
- Installation and configuration
- ARexx port commands
- Programmer's manual based on the BSD IPC manual. This
is a fairly complete tutorial for developing powerful
- Internal description of the implementation
- Utility and API function reference guide in AutoDoc form.
5. Basic applications with source included.
6. Based on the BSD Net/2 release.
7. Full source code included.
While all Internet services and applications (telnet, ftp, news,
mail) can be accessed with AmiTCP/IP, many applications are still
under development by us and others. Current release of the AmiTCP/IP
contains following applications:
* Telnet - standard program to log on other systems **
* Ftp - standard program to transfer files between systems **
* Napsaterm - a VT100 terminal emulator using remote login
* TCP - networking support for GNU Emacs. With TCP you can use any
elisp-based networking applications (gnus, gopher, irchat etc.)
* LetNet - a simple filter for connecting to TCP based
services. Suitable for scripts and testing
* inetd - Internet super server, which starts other services
when needed and provides some simple services by itself
* FingerD - a Finger daemon which prints user information or
a banner file
* QWriter - an application to test and benchmark network
Following network utilities are also available:
* arp - tool to handle ARP hardware address translation tables
* ifconfig - tool to control network interface parameters
* netstat - a ARexx script to get statistical information
* ping - utility to test network connectivity
* route - tool to display and manipulate routing tables
* online/offline - utilities to control SANA-II device drivers
** = ported by Mark Tomlinson <email@example.com>
and Goeff McCaughan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AmiTCP/IP can be run from floppy and with one megabyte of memory,
but as usual, hard disk and more memory makes your life easier.
Amiga OS release 2.04 or newer is required.
SANA-II device driver is needed for your network adapter. A test
device driver, agnet.device, is included with sources. Also the
freely distributable Commodore A2060 (Arcnet), A2065 (Ethernet),
SLIP and CSLIP drivers are included. SLIP and CSLIP drivers
contains bug fixes made by Olaf Seibert.
LHA utility is required to unarchive distribution archives.
Most of the source files has been compiled with GNU C 2.3 and SAS C
6.3. Some utilities and libraries are compiled only with SAS C 6.3.
However, only the executable files compiled with SAS C are tested.
Also, the DICE C support is untested.
AmiTCP/IP software has been uploaded to the Aminet. It should be
shortly available at the following Aminet hosts:
Switzerland litamiga.epfl.ch (220.127.116.11)
Scandinavia ftp.luth.se (18.104.22.168)
Germany ftp.uni-kl.de (22.214.171.124)
Germany ftp.uni-erlangen.de (126.96.36.199)
Germany ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de (188.8.131.52)
Germany ftp.th-darmstadt.de (184.108.40.206)
Germany ftp.uni-paderborn.de (220.127.116.11)
USA ftp.etsu.edu (18.104.22.168)
USA ftp.wustl.edu (22.214.171.124)
Australia splat.aarnet.edu.au (126.96.36.199)
UK src.doc.ic.ac.uk (188.8.131.52)
For the convenience of Finnish users, AmiTCP/IP is also uploaded to
The latest version of AmiTCP/IP is located in kampi.hut.fi. This
archive is not meant for massive downloading. Major new versions
will be announced and distributed to other archives, too.
In Aminet: pub/aminet/comm/net
AmiTCP/IP revision 2.0 is distributed in 7 archives:
AmiTCP-bin-20.lha AmiTCP/IP binaries
AmiTCP-psA-20.lha Documentation for AmiTCP (PostScript, A4)
AmiTCP-dvA-20.lha Documentation for AmiTCP (DVI, A4)
AmiTCP-psL-20.lha Documentation for AmiTCP (PostScript, Letter)
AmiTCP-dvL-20.lha Documentation for AmiTCP (DVI, Letter)
AmiTCP-txt-20.lha Documentation for AmiTCP (plain text)
AmiTCP-src-20.lha Source for AmiTCP/IP
If you just want to use AmiTCP/IP you need only archive
AmiTCP-bin-20.lha containing also the basic documentation.
The separate documentation files consists of the full System manual
in different formats. It is available in text, PostScript and DVI
formats. PostScript and DVI documents are formatted for A4 and
"Letter" page sizes, PostScript fonts have 300 dpi resolution.
Normally you need only one version suitable to your printer. Full
documentation includes Programmer's Manual and Implementation Notes.
To develop your own applications or AmiTCP/IP you need
Archive name contains the release number, for instance archive
AmiTCP-bin-20.lha contains release 2.0.
PRICE AND DISTRIBUTION
AmiTCP/IP is distributed for free under GNU General Public License
The second release of AmiTCP contains some improvements and bug
fixes over first release. It is incompatible with previous version
in binary level. Some old applications and new library _DO_NOT_
work together. If you have an application compiled with previous
version of AmiTCP/IP, it _MUST_ be recompiled. We hope that this is
the only downward incompatible release.
Documentation is still not reformatted for (La)TeXinfo or
HOW TO CONTACT AUTHORS
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