AmigaNOS-help version 2.0

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Richard Akerman

Jan 18, 1993, 6:17:51 PM1/18/93
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Last-modified: 1993/01/18
Version: 2.0

Filename: AmigaNOS-help
Created-by: Richard Akerman (

This file is designed to help you get SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol)
running using AmigaNOS. If you have any more questions or comments, or
especially any help to offer, please email me. As well, if you are
successfully running AmigaNOS at your site (especially using PPP) and would
be willing to help others to do so, please contact me.

This file, and some files to help you if you want to use PPP
(Point-to-Point Protocol), are available for anonymous FTP from []:


You will need to get some very specific information from the person who
maintains the local connection you want to use:

1. Do I need to register for SLIP?
2. How do I start up SLIP?
3. What will my hostname and IP address be?
4. What IP address should I use for the default route?
5. What is the hostname and IP address of the domain name server?
6. What is the hostname and IP address of the SMTP gateway?
7. What is the hostname and IP address of the NNTP news server?

You will need these answers when setting things later on.


Now for some more specific information about AmigaNOS

This information is based on AmigaNOS 2.9k (which includes SLIP and PPP)
obtained by anonymous FTP from [], which is the main site for AmigaNOS.

If you're just starting with AmigaNOS, you want the setup package
/pub/amiga/setup/setupv4.lha 419364 bytes

Note that this setup package contains some information which is quite specific
for the site only.

If you already have an earlier version of setup and just need AmigaNOS 2.9k,

/pub/amiga/anos/anos29k.lha 196742 bytes

Starting with setup v4, GRn (a news reader) and the other utilities are no
longer in the setup archive. They are now in

/pub/amiga/grn/grn-1.16f.lha 152158 bytes

The following document is an edited version of readmeNOW!.txt from
AmigaNOS/Docs. I'm not sure of the original author. I think it is

Read to the end of this entire help document before starting your customization

NOS Set-up

Here is a brief guide to getting AmigaNOS set up on your machine.
Consult the other files to fully customize your setup.

Running NOS

(1) You must edit the following files putting in your own IP address
and site name where indicated;

domain.txt in directory AmigaNOS/SLIP
NOS-Startup in directory AmigaNOS/SLIP

Also in NOS-Startup you will need to tell it what speed your modem
will be logging on to the host machine.

(2) Edit the FTPusers file in directory AmigaNOS/SLIP
(This is for when you logon to your NOS BBS.)

The following is your choice;

yourname : (Same as cix would be a good choice)
Password : (Anything not obvious)

(If you don't want any tom, dick or fis logging on get rid of the line
that says anonymous *).

(3) In your S:user-startup put the following;

Assign SLIP: <device>:AmigaNOS/SLIP
Assign TCPIP: <device>:AmigaNOS/SLIP
Assign NNTP: <device>:AmigaNOS/SLIP/Spool/articles

(4) Edit the NOS-Dial file and put in your own site name and password.

(5) Copy files in AmigaNOS/C to your C: directory.

(6) To start simply click the icon (NOS) - it will then load and dial
your site to connect.


Q: It won't even open a window
A: You need 1MB or more of memory

Q: How do I log on to my own node?
A: Type "telnet yoursite" or "bbs" at the nos prompt.

Q: What are all these commands for?
A: Type help <command> for info.


You will need the answers to the questions at the beginning of this file in
order to configure your system.


In the examples, I will use the following SAMPLE answers:

Q3. Your address: Amiga.SLIP.FooUniv.EDU []
Q4. Default route:
Q5. Domain name server:
Q6. SMTP gateway:
Q7. NNTP server:

1. OK, in AmigaNOS/SLIP/domain.txt put entries of the form

hostname IN A <IP address>

e.g. IN A

domain.txt is the first place AmigaNOS will check if it needs to figure out
an address. The addresses you should put in are

The domain name server (question 5).
The SMTP gateway (question 6).
The NNTP server (question 7).
Your address (question 3).

2. Next, change AmigaNOS/SLIP/NOS-Startup

2a. After "domain suffix" put your domain suffix :) This is the base that
AmigaNOS will append after hostnames if it can't resolve them. It is the
common end part of your university address. For example, if your
university has addresses of the form, then the domain suffix is

domain suffix

2b. Next put your hostname (from question 3) in where it says "hostname"


2c. After that put in your IP address (from question 3).

ip address

2d. Next change the attach line to correspond to your modem speed. Also,
you may need to change the MTU. The line format is:

attach asy serial.device 0 slip nos 4096 MTU SPEEDc

(the "c" at the end is for RTS/CTS handshaking)

attach asy serial.device 0 slip nos 4096 1006 2400c

2e. Next change the mask to correspond to your site IP prefix (the first two
numbers in the IP address of the default route).

ifconfig nos netmask 0xffffffff broadcast #.#.255.255

ifconfig nos netmask 0xffffffff broadcast

2f. Next put in your default route IP address (from question 4).

route add default nos

2g. Next put in the address for your domain name server (from question 5).

domain addserver

2h. Next put in the address for your SMTP gateway (from question 6).

smtp gateway

2i. Next put in the address for the news server (from question 7).

nntp addserver 600

2j. Next pick the groups you want to receive, and put them after nntp groups

nntp groups comp.sys.amiga*

2k. Finally, put the nntp news server address after nntp kick

nntp kick

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