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Re: cu take not working?

Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for pointing me at this.

I also discovered how to use the cu from
the base system this morning; here is an
excerpt to another mail I just sent - I am
forwarding it to you, should you even need
to use the "base system cu" and miss that
other mail.

"This morning I discovered how to make it
work though, and I think this also explains
what is going wrong: when I say ~take file,
it hangs indefinitely. However, when you
press a few times wildly Ctrl-D (I guess
that does the trick), Ctrl-C and Ctrl-X, it
stops the transfer - which has been even
quite successful. Just: The received file
has two lines that the original does not
have: an empty line and below it a shell
prompt of the kind myhostname$. - Guess
when I transfer the file, it transfers it,
then kicks up this shell prompt, and then
just stops until you "exit" this prompt,
which of course normally you cannot do as
you do not even expect its existence.

So, in short, ~take file + a lot of Ctrl-D,
Ctrl-C & Ctrl-X works."

... And now I shall have a look at minicom,
lrzsz and uucp...

Kind regards,


-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 03:27:49 +1000
> Von: Chris Baird <>
> An:
> Betreff: Re: cu take not working?

> >> But I am experiencing problems when I try to transfer files. When I
> >> try to "put" a file, it works perfectly. When I try to "take" a file,
> >> cu just appears to hang; on my local machine, where I try to get the
> >> file, a file with the right name is created - but it always stays at
> >> zero length. I have to pkill cu at the end, and the file is never
> >> filled.
> Long-time cu user here. NetBSD replaced the GNU Taylor UUCP cu
> with one of its own, and not surprisingly it's a repeat of
> the alpha-quality 'BSD gzip' problems all over again...
> Aside from using minicom/lrzsz, the original 'and still the best' cu is
> available from $PKGSRC/net/uucp
> It's a fact of life that you need pkgsrc to get around problems in
> NetBSD's base now.. :/
> -- 
> Chris Baird,, <>

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