Re: HTTP problem or Mosaic problem?

Jon P. Knight (
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 19:56:00 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 15 Jun 1994 wrote:
> One problem there. Is vsafecsh available for mac, pc/windows, NeXT, OpenVMS,
> Amiga ...

No, but neither are alot of the tools I use it to launch.

> Larry's solution had the merit of platform independence which c shell, safe or
> otherwise, does not. I mention this in particular because Mac users seem to use
> applications like CUSeeMe (?sp) which is, I think, a VAT application.

Well, Maven on the Mac will interoperate with VAT (CUSeeMe is the video;
nv can supposedly read its output but its a bit clunky to use the two
together). The problem with the Mac is that its difficult to pass
arguments to the application (things like which IP
address/port/ttl/conference ID/window title/etc to use). I'd guess that
the PC is similar, though I steer clear of Windoze so I'm not so sure

> Limiting to a single platform, in this case Unix, seems undesirable unless there
> is no other way. In this case the shell is only launching another application,
> so the original MIME type suggestion seems to be the bigger win.

Ah, but (in my case at least) vsafecsh is launching more than one
application simulatenously with different command line arguments. Its
these arguments that are in the script passed out from the server as the
document. Can you get MIME to launch multiple applications each with its
own arguments? If so, I'd agree with you that a MIME type would be nicer.


Jon Knight, Research Student in High Performance Networking and Distributed
Systems in the Department of _Computer_Studies_ at Loughborough University.
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