version 1.1 April 2003 -very
much under construction
note the "firstname.lastname@example.org" address above. This primer will be
relocating there during the summer.
Installing yEnc Proxies
The non Proxy way with
Outlook and Other Readers
The Agent "split file"
Posting with PPK2 and yEnc
As a preamble to this section, it is hoped that you
have reviewed the comments about yEnc made in downloading as well as in the new "how-to"
on posting (coming soon). At this point the there are only two drawbacks to
yEnc that we can see - 1. The lack of a decoding program for Mac OS9, and
2. The lack of implantation of the built-in crc check ( this only shows as
a problem due to some of the more crudely written programs using yEnc ).
Neither of these is any reason to avoid it's use - yEnc, despite having to
force itself on oh so many well meaning usenet admins, is a long over due
brilliant improvement for large binary posting over usenet.
Note that the inability of Outlook to decode yEnc
was not mentioned. Well sorry, but Outlook was, is, and probably never will
be a good tool for downloading large binaries - a tin can tied to an old
cat does as well for text messages as it does. For a few dollars by Agent
and get a quality large binary downloader, or if that's too much, download
XNews for free, then read up on how to use it here. Ok, rant over,
yEnc Proxies in Outlook
posted by PhoneR@nger.HiHo
1) Down load the program from the link here.
2) Install the program
A When you get to the set up screen, push the (next) button,
3) Now finish installing the program by clicking on the (next) buttons
B then (Iagree) button
C and then the push next two (next) buttons.
D You will then get a screen with some options, uncheck the first two
E and put a check in the last option,
by doing this, it will ensure that you will be able to view yEnc posts
after you reboot you machine.
Here is where you must pay attention!!!!
1. In Outlook Express Click on tools / accounts
2. find the tab labeled "News"
3. push the third button on the right labeled servers
4. In the new window find a box titled ' Server Name'
5. WRITE THIS DOWN - twice - give a copy to your wife for safekeeping
6. remove that server name and
7. replace it with 127.0.0.1
by doing this you are now calling the yproxy program
to view your downloads.
8. Close out of the account section and start up yproxy.
9. In the news server box of yproxy put in the info you wrote down for
your news server.
10. Hit start
11. Go into outlook express
12. Start viewing your yEnc downloads
Don't forget to press start on yproxy before you start" Outlook Express"
to view your Newsgroups
yEnc in Outlook and Other Readers
The following example of decoding yEnc posts "off-line" is done using
the Outlook newsreader, but the steps can be easily followed using almost
any other reader capable of downloading 8 bit messages (this excludes Newswatcher
3.2 and a few others that are strictly 7 bit).
We really didn't write much about ntx, partly in hopes that it would go
away. During the development of the yEnc compression system it was assumed
that it would be a long while before newsreaders changed to yEnc, and so
the extension "file-xxx.ntx" was created to allow encoding of the file outside
of the posting tool. Sadly, those using this system often encode the file
in yEnc, then turn around and post it using a posting tool that will encode
it again as mime or uue. What a waste.....
The only way to decode is tp reverse the encode. Goto:
To download the yenc Windows encoder/decoder. Install it with the "right
click" shell extension checked. Then simply go to the folder you downloaded
the ntx files to, and right click on the first one. Pick decode and that should
take care of it.
"split file" fix
One odd effect of some version of yEnc posting tools is that Agent fails
to display the posting chunks as a single file - instead of
all the sections of a part being combined into one header, each individual
xxxx line section was propagated as a header.....20 sections = 20 headers.
As Alice in Dallas explains, the fix is quite simple; but first
a.) make sure you've upgraded to the most recent version,
b.) under the Groups menu,
1. select Default Properties
2. look for check boxes that
talking about Join multipart messages
3. Make sure that it's checked.
If the problem persists, here's Alice's tip
Here it is and it works great.
RequireFilenameWithTag=1 (the default is 1)
4. change it to:
5. Save and exit Notepad
1. Look in Agent's "data" subdirectory
2. Find "Agent.INI" and open it with Notepad.
3. scroll to this area [Attachment]. It will read:
You will be fixed up after you exit and restart agent. In this message
that 0 is a Zero not a O as in O my god.
Posting with yEnc
Tests have been completed with 1 part binaries, two part binaries, 10
meg binaries, and a 100 meg binary.
6 files total posted each with build3,
build4, and JWc versions of PPK2.
Line size tested were 5000 (read 10,000 uue - way too big) and 3500 (read
7000 uue), creating part counts from (1/1) to (x/135).
Only JWc passed all tests. I would recommend it's use, until and unless
Juergen say No.
TL, december 2002
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