The Arachne Minimalist -
Vol 1 Num 3
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Arachne configurations for automating email download.
Arachne allows you to make application specific configurations.
Today I will describe a few changes you can make to Arachne.cfg
that may help you with your email.
You will start with a configuration that has already been tested
to work manually with your email service. One simple change you
can make is to assign hotkeys to your email functions. I now use
shiftF1 to get my email (pop3) and shiftF2 to send any mail (smtp)
in my outbox. Just edit arachne.cfg with a text editor. I use the
built-in one. Hit F3 and enter file:arachne.cfg in the URL window.
Hit enter. Hit F4. Scroll down the screen until you
find the hotkey definitions. Edit your choice to this form:
Save this Arachne.cfg. (F2) WARNING! This change does not affect your
current settings. You must got to the Options screen (O) and select
"Use new Settings". Then, from the dialer screen,(D) select Profiles.
Finally, select "Save Profile".
If you wish to make a more advanced improvement, like being able to
tell Arachne to get your mail from the command line, or even have her
get the mail automatically, start with a working configuration that has
been saved as above and make the following changes to arachne.cfg with
Use terminal No
Save the above (F2). Shell to DOS (altE). Copy Arachne.cfg to Mail.acf.
IMPORTANT! Now copy your previous working .acf to Arachne.cfg or
Arachne will attempt to get your mail immediately when you return.
You couldn't have used the Save Profile function at this point because
the file you edited isn't active (and available for saving) until you select
"Use new Settings" and then it becomes an automatic Arachne configuration.
Type Exit [enter] to return to Arachne.
To use this new configuration properly, you must have a configuration
switching batch file as described in VOL1NUM2. To test it, at the DOS
prompt type: SPIDER MAIL [enter]. Arachne should load, dial in, download
mail and exit to the DOS prompt. If there is any kind of problem, you
may have to re-boot and start Arachne with SPIDER (your working acf name).
After making any necessary adjustments and confirming that MAIL.acf is
working properly, you may want to make one more change. Optionally, you
can have the modem connection made silently. If you wish, change the
modem init string so it contains an L0 (zero) instead of whatever it
had before. If there was no "L" in the string, just add L0 to the end.
If you add the line SPIDER MAIL to the end of your autoexec.bat, Arachne
will automatically get your mail as soon as you boot up. An even better
option is to use a timer launched mail pickup. Download the DOS scheduler
place it in your path. I would put it in C:\.
Others might prefer to place it in C:\DOS. Now, if you wanted to get your
mail automatically at 6:00 p.m., you would place this line in your
AT 18:00 SPIDER MAIL
Space has run out, so we will have to wait until next week to add some
finishing touches to this function. We will be adding a command to tell
Arachne to pick up the mail periodically at any interval from 1 hour to
one day. We will also display a count of the total unread messages when
Arachne returns to the DOS prompt - and more. One late note:
It now seems that the latest versions of Arachne won't delete the lock
file when Exit on Hangup is set to Yes. This will definitely be fixed soon.
Have FUN. 8-)
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