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Re: lynx-dev Re: Lynx for DOS

From: Doug Kaufman
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: Lynx for DOS
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 22:19:14 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 10 May 1998, Al Gilman wrote:

> > I am currently searching for a DOS based Lynx browser.  I do see that
> > you have a wonderful FAQ based on it, but I was unable to determine a
> > location for testing.  I have tried a few different ones, but they seem
> > to wish me to have a certain TCP/IP stack on the machine.  By any
> > chance, are you aware of one that will use whatever stack is currently
> > installed?
> > 
> As I understand it, the answer is no, because there is no
> standard socket-like interface to the stack from DOS, and this is
> in large measure because there is not a standard approach to
> multitasking in DOS.

My understanding is that for DOS applications, each application has its
own built-in TCP/IP stack, as opposed to Windows applications that share
a stack. The WATTCP stack is built into all the DOS binaries. What you
need is a packet driver to interface with your system. For a serial
dial-up connection, DOSPPP works well. For other connections, see the
CRYNWR packet driver collection (
Doug Kaufman
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