Subject: Re: Adding gkermit
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/30/2006 15:57:41
On Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 09:14:11PM +0100, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> I think if we go this route we should import lrzsz instead of gkermit.
> Most embeded device talk the x, y or z modem protocol and I think if we
> add something to transfers files over serial (which I support), it should
> also be usefull for non-netbsd (or non-unix) boxes. FWIW, hyperterminal will
> do at last x-modem too.

Actually, Kermit may be the most widely ported (to different operating
systems) communications software out there.  Between C-Kermit, MS-Kermit,
Kermit-95,and G-Kermit, it's hard to find anything you can't run some
implementation of the Kermit protocol on.

I agree that x/y/zmodem are more commonly used for this purpose, and I don't
care very much, but in my experience kermit as a protocol is more robust
in difficult conditions, and I think that the idea that it is not as widely
available is something of a misperception.