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MAP22: GOPHERMAIL

Posted by: Patrick Douglas Crispen
Date Mailed: Friday, November 11th 1994 04:30 PM

MAP22: GOPHERMAIL


     "(T)he International Standards Organization (ISO) and the
      International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) designated
      Oct. 14 as World Standards Day to recognize those volunteers
      who have worked hard to define international standards ....
      The United States celebrated World Standards Day on Oct. 11;
      Finland celebrated on Oct. 13; and Italy celebrated on Oct. 18"
      -- Open Systems Today, 10/31/94


One of the most frustrating experiences in the world is being told that
you can't do something. For those of you who only have "Level One"
Internet connectivity, this week must have been especially trying.

Fortunately, thanks to a server program called GopherMail, those of
you with Level One connectivity can now access all of the neat Gopher
sites we talked about this week using nothing but a simple e-mail letter

There are really just four basic steps to using GopherMail:

     1. You send an e-mail letter to a GopherMail server. In your letter
        to the GopherMail server, it really does not matter what you
        put in the subject line or the body of your letter, so long
        as you don't use the word "help" ("help" tells the GopherMail
        server to send you its help file).

     2. Gophermail responds to your letter by sending you its main
        Gopher menu in the body of an e-mail letter.

     3. You respond to this Gopher menu letter by forwarding it back to
        the GopherMail server after you have cleaned the letter up a
        little and marked which menu options you want the GopherMail
        server to send you.

     4. Gophermail responds to your response by sending the information
        that you requested. If what you have requested is another menu,
        Gophermail sends you the menu in the body of another e-mail
        letter, and the cycle keeps repeating itself :)


GopherMail sites are incredibly dynamic -- they appear and disappear
every second -- so any list of GopherMail sites is immediately outdated.
Nonetheless, here are the addresses of a few of the GopherMail servers
that were working recently (1):


     E-mail Address                            Location
     -----------------------------------       ---------------

     gophermail@calvin.edu                     Michigan (US)
     gopher@ucmp1.berkeley.edu                 California (US)
     gophermail@mercury.forestry.umn.edu       Minnesota (US)
     gopher@pip.shsu.edu                       Texas (US)
     gophermail@eunet.cz                       Czech Republic
     gopher@earn.net                           France
     gopher@ftp.technion.ac.il                 Israel
     gopher@solaris.ims.ac.jp                  Japan
     gopher@nig.ac.jp                          Japan
     gopher@nips.ac.jp                         Japan
     gopher@join.ad.jp                         Japan
     gomail@ncc.go.jp                          Japan
     gopher@dsv.su.se                          Sweden


Let's try one of these addresses and see what happens!

To keep Net traffic to a minimum, you should always use the server that
is closest to you. Since Texas is closer to Alabama than any of the
other locations, I am going to use the gopher@pip.shsu.edu address.

I send an e-mail letter to

     gopher@pip.shsu.edu

and leave the subject line and body blank (remember, it does not matter
what I put in body or the subject line, so why waste the effort?).

It may take the GopherMail server several hours to respond to my letter --
just like every other Internet server, GopherMail is almost always
incredibly overburdened -- but eventually I will receive the following
e-mail letter from the GopherMail server:


     Date: Fri, 7 Oct 1994 02:59:04 -0600
     From: gopher@pip.shsu.edu
     To: PCRISPE1@UA1VM.UA.EDU
     Subject: Sam Houston State University Gopher Server
     X-Menu: Max. 100 items/message

     Mail this file back to gopher with an X before the menu items that you
     want. If you don't mark any items, gopher will send all of them.
     For best results, remove this message and all e-mail headers above it
     prior to returning it to the GopherMail server.


           1.  Sam Houston State University Information/
           2.  Current Time and Weather in Huntsville, Texas, USA.
           3.  Daily Almanac (from UChicago).
           4.  Economics (SHSU Network Access Initiative Project)/
           5.  Information by Subject Area/
           6.  DEU Library Prototype Demonstration Area/
           7.  Network-based Information and References/
           8.  Other Gopher and Information Servers in the World/
           9.  TeX-related Materials/
           10. Literate Programming Library/
           11. VMS Gopher-related file library/
           12. Veronica (search menu items in most of GopherSpace)/
           13. Professional Sports Schedules from culine.Colorado.edu/
           14. anonymous ftp archives on Niord.SHSU.edu/
           15. anonymous ftp archives on ftp.shsu.edu/
           16.
           17. GopherMail -- Gopher via Electronic Mail!!.


COOLNESS!!

This is a *real* Gopher menu. Just like the UNIX Gopher server examples
we looked at earlier this week, entries that have "/" at the end of
them are menus, and entries that have a "." at the end of them are
documents.

The only difference between this Gopher menu and one that I access
through a Gopher client or through Telnet is that I have to send my
responses back to the GopherMail server before my responses can be
processed.

Notice that the letter tells me to "remove this message and all e-mail
headers above it prior to returning it to the GopherMail server." If
I don't do this, I run the chance of getting an error message from
the GopherMail server when I forward the letter back to the server.

(In MAP04: E-MAIL, I asked you to contact your local Internet service
provider to learn how to "include text in a reply (and how to edit
this text)." You *NEED* to know how to do this if you want to use
GopherMail).

Before I send the letter back to the GopherMail server, I need
to mark which menu item(s) I want to select. To do this, I put
an "X" next to the menu item(s) that I want the GopherMail server
to send back to me:


           1.  Sam Houston State University Information/
           2.  Current Time and Weather in Huntsville, Texas, USA.
           3.  Daily Almanac (from UChicago).
           4.  Economics (SHSU Network Access Initiative Project)/
           5.  Information by Subject Area/
           6.  DEU Library Prototype Demonstration Area/
           7.  Network-based Information and References/
        X  8.  Other Gopher and Information Servers in the World/
           9.  TeX-related Materials/
           10. Literate Programming Library/
           11. VMS Gopher-related file library/
           12. Veronica (search menu items in most of GopherSpace)/
           13. Professional Sports Schedules from culine.Colorado.edu/
           14. anonymous ftp archives on Niord.SHSU.edu/
           15. anonymous ftp archives on ftp.shsu.edu/
           16.
           17. GopherMail -- Gopher via Electronic Mail!!.


Hopefully, this will send me a menu that looks like the "Other
Gopher Servers" menu that we used earlier this week.

I mail the menu back to the GopherMail server. Eventually, I get the
following reply:


     Date: Fri, 7 Oct 1994 03:18:03 -0600
     From: gopher@pip.shsu.edu
     To: PCRISPE1@UA1VM.UA.EDU
     Subject: Other Gopher and Information Servers in the World
     X-Menu: Max. 100 items/message

     Mail this file back to gopher with an X before the menu items that you
     want. If you don't mark any items, gopher will send all of them.
     For best results, remove this message and all e-mail headers above it
     to returning it to the GopherMail server.


           1.  All the Gopher Servers in the World/
           2.  Search All the Gopher Servers in the World <?> (Send keywords in
               Subject:)
           3.  Search titles in Gopherspace using veronica/
           4.  Africa/
           5.  Asia/
           6.  Europe/
           7.  International Organizations/
           8.  Middle East/
           9.  North America/
           10. Pacific/
           11. Russia/
           12. South America/
           13. Terminal Based Information/
           14. Texas-based Gopher Servers/
           15. VMS-based Gopher Servers/
           16. WAIS Based Information/
           17. Gopher Server Registration.


YIPPEE!! This menu *IS* like the menu that we used earlier this
week!! SURAnet, here I come ...

Nah ... I wouldn't do that to you again :)

One last thing, and I will send you home for the weekend: to do a
Veronica or a Phonebook search using GopherMail, put the keyword
in the subject line of the letter that you send back to the
GopherMail server.


HOMEWORK:

     -  Have a great weekend!

     -  I've decided to be kind and move the pop quiz to next week.
        You may want to review FTP and Gopher just to be on the
        safe side, though.

     -  If you do NOT have regular Gopher access through a client
        or through Telnet, play around with GopherMail. You may
        want to get the help document too by putting the word
        "help" in the body of your initial letter to the GopherMail
        server.

SOURCES:

     (1) from Yanoff's List (10/15/94), Veronica searches with the
         keyword "Gophermail", and letters posted to NETTRAIN by
         Glee Willis and Thomas Copley


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