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Re: lynx-dev lynx compilation ... the last question :-)

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev lynx compilation ... the last question :-)
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 05:08:58 -0400
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 09:07:56 -0700

In "Re: lynx-dev lynx compilation ... the last question :-)"
[11/Sep/2000 Mon 07:00:48]
address@hidden wrote:

Just wanted to throw in a word or two.  Saw a couple things here
that *might* be ambiguous:

> > >Baby steps.  If you find nothing obviously wrong with WWW_HOME in your
> > >environment nor with STARTFILE in lynx.cfg, start lynx with the command:
> > >
> > >    lynx "."
> > >
> > >to use the current working directory as your startfile.
> > 
> > Until now I can't test the above on my FreeBSD-Box (I'm at work... 
> > configure 
> > NT-Server :-)). In .../work/ I found a file called lynx. Is it the binary 
> > start file that you mean? When I started it then an error occurs like 
> > "unknow 
> > filename" or so.

The "working directory" he's talking about is your default starting
directory or login directory on a shared machine: ~/  Not the one
actually named "work".

So I guess you could also start Lynx with;
lynx ~/
from the command line.
[Does that work on single-user machines too?]

Lynx's startfile isn't a binary.  It's the first page Lynx loads
when it starts up.  Can be plaintext, but preferably HTML [usually
has some links in it you'd want to start off the browser session.
Links to search engines maybe].

The STARTFILE definition in lynx.cfg tells Lynx what file [or
server] to look for when it's launched.  "cfg" is short for
"configuration" file.  If the startfile's local, and yours, you'd
write it as;
or you can use the full path instead of "/~/"

Hope this was some help to you.  The stuff seems obvious when
you already know it, but it can be hard to figure out at first.
I've never compiled it even -- just used it.

> No, that's the executable, the Lynx program itself, I believe.  Somewhere 
> there
> should be a lynx.cfg file that contains a line identifying the STARTFILE, 
> which
> is the URL of the first page you want displayed.  If Lynx can't load this
> page, it terminates with the message you reported, giving you no opportunity
> to recover.
>     lynx "."
> tells Lynx to use the current working directory as the first page to display.
> This is simply the most robust test of basic Lynx operation I can think of.
> -- gil
> -- 
> StorageTek


        "It's not a `program' anymore.  It's wildlife."
                                -- Invizigothe

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