Archie Clients

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 archie Clients
 
There are two main-stream archie clients, one called (naturally
enough) archie, the other xarchie (for X-Windows).  They query the
archie databases and yield a list of systems that have the requested
file(s) available for anonymous FTP, without requiring an interactive
session to the server.  For example, to find the same information you
tried with the server command prog, you could type
 
% archie vine.tar.Z
Host athene.uni-paderborn.de
Location: /local/X11/more_contrib
FILE -rw-r--r--      18854  Nov 15 1990  vine.tar.Z
 
Host emx.utexas.edu
Location: /pub/mnt/source/games
FILE -rw-r--r--      12019  May  7 1988  vine.tar.Z
 
Host export.lcs.mit.edu
Location: /contrib
FILE -rw-r--r--      15548  Oct  9 00:29  vine.tar.Z
 
Note that your system administrator may not have installed the archie
clients yet; the source is available on each of the archie servers, in
the directory archie/clients.
 
Using the X-windows client is much more intuitive---if it's installed,
just read its man page and give it a whirl.  It's essential for the
networked desktop.
 
 Mailing archie
 
Users limited to email connectivity to the Internet should send a
message to the address archie@archie.mcgill.ca with the single word
help in the body of the message.  An email message will be returned
explaining how to use the email archie server, along with the details
of using FTPmail.  Most of the commands offered by the telnet
interface can be used with the mail server.