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PODTYP copies disk files to a user terminal. The command format is:
where "output" is the physical or logical name of the output device (the
default is TTY:), and "input" is the standard file specification of the
file to be typed (the default extension is POD). The command must
contain an equal sign and a file name. The switches are:
[NO]PAUSE If one of the special characters is encountered in the
input file, [do not] pause until the user types
control-G (default: PAUSE).
START:n Start printing at the nth page (default: n=1).
TERMINAL:xxxxxx Terminal type. Legal terminal types are:
DIABLO Diablo 1620 (default)
1620 Diablo 1620
1641 Diablo 1641
TTY standard hardcopy
HELP Type this message.
Any of these switches may be specified in the user's options file
(SWITCH.INI), if desired.
If the PAUSE switch is in effect, PODTYP will ring the terminal's bell
and stop printing when it encounters a form feed (control-L). After the
user has taken some appropriate action (such as changing paper in the
terminal), typing control-G (bell) will cause the output to continue
until the next form feed is found. The program always pauses before and
after a file is printed.
PODTYP was designed to copy output from the SCRIBE text processor to
DIABLO terminals ("POD" is an acronym for Prince of Darkness). It does
so by recognizing whether a form feed indicates the beginning of a new
page or is part of an escape sequence which is meaningful only to a
PODTYP supports standard TTY devices as well. In this mode PODTYP will
stop output whenever it encounters any form feed or stop code
(control-Y). No special escape sequences are recognized. At the moment
the only terminal types supported are DIABLO and TTY. However, other
terminals can easily be added to the program.