How to access origami-related files

1 How do I access the archives of this group via anonymous FTP?

You may get files by logging in to that server by FTP using the following commands:

    Start FTP:     FTP
    Login:         anonymous
    Password:      'your IP-address'
    Change dir:    cd origami
Add another cd to change to one of tha data directories (e.g., models, archives, etc).

Keep in mind when you download from the archives. The best time of day from North America is in the afternoon. Making FTP connections from Holland to the USA, I did in the morning and in the afternoon. The last were very, very much slower. That is because when it is 10:00 a.m. here, it is about 4:00 a.m. (Eastern) to 1:00 a.m. (Western) in the USA. At that time, the trans-Atlantic connections are not so busy.

2 How do I access the archives of this group via Gopher?

You may access these files with GOPHER by selecting (sequentially from menu to menu):

    University of Groningen
    Rekencentrum RUG Anonymous FTP
    Origami Interest Group
This last menu shows you the main menu of the archives. To access one of the available directories select the apropriate item.

For a shortcut, click here.

3 How do I access the archives of this group via Mail?

To access the archives via Email send a message to:
with one or more commands in the body (the subject is ignored). To get the HELP information, give the command HELP in the message. When you get binary files they will be uuencoded. See question 6 for information on how to uudecode these.

4 What information is available in the archives?

As the information in the archives is not static, only an overview of the available information is given here. You may get an index of the actual status by getting the file:

This file contains a `short' index on all available information. It shows tree structure of the information (directories and files).

Some special items are:

Directory with several FAQs in it.
This directory contains the archive files of all mail that has been sent via this mailing list.
Some members of this list have put the drawings of models on PostScript file. The available models are put in this directory.
On this directory programs pertaining to origami and also pkunzip and uudecode are available.
Contains files with the GhostScript system for MSDOS. You may use this to print PostScript files when you don't have a PostScript printer.
Directory with several lists with addresses valuable to the Origami Interest Group.
Index of 2869 models from 72 books showing type of model, type of fold, author, etc.
Contains three forms of the Online Origami Magazine.

5 How do I unzip .zip files?

Get the program pkunzip from the archives. It is available in directory programs/compress. It explains itself by starting it without parameters or options.

6 How do I uudecode binary uuencoded files sent via Mail?

You need the program uudecode. On large computer systems, this program should be available. If you need it on a PC you may get one of three versions of the uudecode program source from the archives. They are available in directory programs\compress:

If you have a GW-BASIC interpreter, run the UUDECODE.BAS program. It will create UUDECODE.COM.

If you have the MS-DOS DEBUG program, create UUDECODE.COM by feeding UUDECODE.DBG to DEBUG by giving the command:

This will create UUDECODE.COM.

If you have a C compiler, compile the UUDECODE.C program.

Start the uudecode program by giving the command:

    UUDECODE  codedfile

Last updated by Maarten van Gelder on August 5, 1994.
Converted to HTML by Joseph Wu on February 15, 1995.

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