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Gopher Commands


Documents in Gopher are displayed using a special program called LOOK. At the top of the LOOK screen display is a highlighted bar which displays the name of the current file being viewed, the current cursor location (row and column), and the approximate % of the file length where the cursor is located.

At the bottom of the LOOK screen display is a highlighted bar listing the LOOK commands that can be used while viewing a document. Only the capitalized letter of the command must be typed in order to execute the command; the letter can be in either uppercase or lowercase. A description of those LOOK commands is given below:

eXit Exits document and allows to save displayed file before returning to current menu

helP Help screen displays list of LOOK commands

Home Moves cursor to beginning of document

End. Moves cursor to end of document

scrRight Moves cursor to right end of screen

scrLeft Moves cursor to left end of screen

Find Searches for specified word/phrase (searches forward, case insensitive 20character limit on search)

findNext Searches for next occurrence of word/phrase

eDit Enables document to be edited by user (C Z to exit and save; C Y to abort)

QuitExits document

Go (#,%)Move to specified line or % of document (type: 25 to move cursor to line 25 of doc.) (type: 50% to move to midpoint of displayed file.)

SpawnExits KCINFO temporarily to "$" prompt; (type: LO to return)

chWid Changes screen width to 132 or 80 characters per line

Txt/hex Changes document display: "text" mode or "hexidecimal"

C W Refreshes screen

The following cursor movement keys also work in LOOK, although they are not listed on the menu:

Page Up moves cursor back one screen

Page Down moves cursor forward one screen

After a document is exited, there are three options for making a copy of that document:

m Mails document to the username specified

sSaves document to user's current directory under default filename


User can delete default filename and specify [DIRECTORY]FILENAME where document is to be saved

pPrints document to System's default printer queue, at CHA3HP in the Data Center in Chalmers Library (see instructions below for setting user's default printer queue). Please remember that the P must be lower case.

Capture Gopher Data

Exit the document in the LOOK program by typing x . Gopher will ask if you wish to print the information, save the information in a file, mail the information to someone (such as yourself), or just continue back to the current menu.

Press R to continue back to the current menu

Type m to send this file as a mail message to yourself or to someone else's username that you can specify.

Type s to save a copy of this file to a filename that you can specify. Delete the default filename that appears and put in your own. The file can also be saved to a directory other than the one you are in by specifying its name, along with the filename.

Type p to print a copy of the file to your default printer that you can specify in your LOGIN.COM file. The p must be lower case. If no printer is specified, the copy will not print; so don't use the print option until you have entered the default printer command in your LOGIN.COM file! To do so edit your

LOGIN.COM (use a VAX system editor, not Word Perfect) and add the following. (Substitute the name of the print queue you prefer for the phrase Default_Printqueue_Name.)

for example ...

After you exit the KEDT editor ( C Z ), this command will not take effect until you log off and back on OR until you type

@LOGIN R at the $ prompt.

After trying out these options, you can press R to get back to the menu where you were browsing when you accessed the document. To quit Gopher, type q .

To Get Gopher

There are several types of help available in Gopher.

All Gopher menus contain a "?" Help option, where you can get help in learning to use Gopher.

The LOOK program's Help is reached by entering P (from the helP listed among the choices at the bottom of the screen).

Bookmarks: To Make A Customized Menu

A customized Gopher main menu of other selected Gopher

menus/documents can be set up using the Bookmark feature. The

following commands can be executed while any Gopher menu is


a Add selected topic to Bookmark menu

A Add selected directory/search to Bookmark menu

v View Bookmark menu

d Delete Bookmark entry

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