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TIP(1)                      General Commands Manual                     TIP(1)

     tip, cu - serial terminal emulator

     tip [-v] -speed system-name
     tip [-v] -speed phone-number
     cu [options] phone-number
     cu [options] "dir"
     cu --help

     tip and cu are used to connect to another system over a serial link.  In
     the era before modern networks, they were typically used to connect to a
     modem in order to dial in to a remote host.  They are now frequently used
     for tasks such as attaching to the serial console of another machine for
     administrative or debugging purposes.

     The following option is available for tip:

     -v    Set verbose mode.

     The following options are available for cu:

     -a acu
           Set the ACU port.

     -c number
           Call this number.

     -E char
           Use this escape character.

     -e    Use even parity.

     -F flow
           Set flow control to hard, soft, or none.

     -f    Use no flow control.

     -h    Echo characters locally (half-duplex mode).

     -l line
           Specify the line to use.  Either of the forms like tty00 or
           /dev/tty00 are permitted.

     -n    No escape (disable tilde).

     -o    Use odd parity.

     -P parity
           Set parity to even or odd.

     -p acu
           Set the ACU port.

     -s speed
           Set the speed of the connection.  Defaults to 9600.

     -t    Connect via a hard-wired connection to a host on a dial-up line.

     For cu, if both -e and -o are given, then no parity is used.  This is the
     default behaviour.

     If speed is specified it will override any baudrate specified in the
     system description being used.

     If neither speed nor system-name are specified, system-name will be set
     to the value of the HOST environment variable.

     If speed is specified but system-name is not, system-name will be set to
     a value of "tip" with speed appended.  e.g. tip -1200 will set
     system-name to "tip1200".

     Typed characters are normally transmitted directly to the remote machine
     (which does the echoing as well).  A tilde (`~') appearing as the first
     character of a line is an escape signal; the following are recognized:

     ~^D or ~.
           Drop the connection and exit (you may still be logged in on the
           remote machine).

     ~c [name]
           Change directory to name (no argument implies change to your home

     ~!    Escape to a shell (exiting the shell will return you to tip).

     ~>    Copy file from local to remote.  tip prompts for the name of a
           local file to transmit.

     ~<    Copy file from remote to local.  tip prompts first for the name of
           the file to be sent, then for a command to be executed on the
           remote machine.

     ~p from [to]
           Send a file to a remote UNIX host.  The put command causes the
           remote UNIX system to run the command string ``cat > 'to''', while
           tip sends it the ``from'' file.  If the ``to'' file isn't specified
           the ``from'' file name is used.  This command is actually a UNIX
           specific version of the ``~>'' command.

     ~t from [to]
           Take a file from a remote UNIX host.  As in the put command the
           ``to'' file defaults to the ``from'' file name if it isn't
           specified.  The remote host executes the command string ``cat
           'from';echo ^A'' to send the file to tip.

     ~|    Pipe the output from a remote command to a local UNIX process.  The
           command string sent to the local UNIX system is processed by the

     ~$    Pipe the output from a local UNIX process to the remote host.  The
           command string sent to the local UNIX system is processed by the

     ~C    Fork a child process on the local system to perform special
           protocols such as XMODEM.  The child program will be run with the
           following arrangement of file descriptors:

                 0    <->    remote tty in
                 1    <->    remote tty out
                 2    <->    local tty out

     ~+    Synonym for ~C, provided for compatibility with other versions of

     ~#    Send a BREAK to the remote system.  For systems which don't support
           the necessary ioctl call the break is simulated by a sequence of
           line speed changes and DEL characters.

     ~s    Set a variable (see the discussion below).

     ~^Z   Stop tip (only available with job control).

     ~^Y   Stop only the ``local side'' of tip (only available with job
           control); the ``remote side'' of tip, the side that displays output
           from the remote host, is left running.

     ~?    Get a summary of the tilde escapes

     tip uses the file /etc/remote to find how to reach a particular system
     and to find out how it should operate while talking to the system; refer
     to remote(5) for a full description.  Each system has a default baud rate
     with which to establish a connection.  If this value is not suitable, the
     baud rate to be used may be specified on the command line, e.g.  `tip
     -300 mds'.

     When tip establishes a connection it sends out a connection message to
     the remote system; the default value, if any, is defined in /etc/remote
     (see remote(5)).

     When tip prompts for an argument (e.g. during setup of a file transfer)
     the line typed may be edited with the standard erase and kill characters.
     A null line in response to a prompt, or an interrupt, will abort the
     dialogue and return you to the remote machine.

     tip guards against multiple users connecting to a remote system by
     opening modems and terminal lines with exclusive access, and by honoring
     the locking protocol used by uucico(8).

     During file transfers tip provides a running count of the number of lines
     transferred.  When using the ~> and ~< commands, the ``eofread'' and
     ``eofwrite'' variables are used to recognize end-of-file when reading,
     and specify end-of-file when writing (see below).  File transfers
     normally depend on tandem mode for flow control.  If the remote system
     does not support tandem mode, ``echocheck'' may be set to indicate tip
     should synchronize with the remote system on the echo of each transmitted

     When tip must dial a phone number to connect to a system it will print
     various messages indicating its actions.  tip supports the DEC DN-11 and
     Racal-Vadic 831 auto-call-units; the DEC DF02 and DF03, Ventel 212+,
     Racal-Vadic 3451, and Bizcomp 1031 and 1032 integral call unit/modems.

     tip maintains a set of variables which control its operation.  Some of
     these variables are read-only to normal users (root is allowed to change
     anything of interest).  Variables may be displayed and set through the
     ``s'' escape.  The syntax for variables is patterned after vi(1) and
     mail(1).  Supplying ``all'' as an argument to the set command displays
     all variables readable by the user.  Alternatively, the user may request
     display of a particular variable by attaching a `?' to the end.  For
     example ``escape?'' displays the current escape character.

     Variables are numeric, string, character, or boolean values.  Boolean
     variables are set merely by specifying their name; they may be reset by
     prepending a `!' to the name.  Other variable types are set by
     concatenating an `=' and the value.  The entire assignment must not have
     any blanks in it.  A single set command may be used to interrogate as
     well as set a number of variables.  Variables may be initialized at run
     time by placing set commands (without the ``~s'' prefix in a file .tiprc
     in one's home directory).  The -v option causes tip to display the sets
     as they are made.  Certain common variables have abbreviations.  The
     following is a list of common variables, their abbreviations, and their
     default values.

     beautify      (bool) Discard unprintable characters when a session is
                   being scripted; abbreviated be.

     baudrate      (num) The baud rate at which the connection was
                   established; abbreviated ba.

     dialtimeout   (num) When dialing a phone number, the time (in seconds) to
                   wait for a connection to be established; abbreviated dial.

     echocheck     (bool) Synchronize with the remote host during file
                   transfer by waiting for the echo of the last character
                   transmitted; default is off.

     eofread       (str) The set of characters which signify an end-of-
                   transmission during a ~< file transfer command; abbreviated

     eofwrite      (str) The string sent to indicate end-of-transmission
                   during a ~> file transfer command; abbreviated eofw.

     eol           (str) The set of characters which indicate an end-of-line.
                   tip will recognize escape characters only after an end-of-

     escape        (char) The command prefix (escape) character; abbreviated
                   es; default value is `~'.

     exceptions    (str) The set of characters which should not be discarded
                   due to the beautification switch; abbreviated ex; default
                   value is ``\t\n\f\b''.

     force         (char) The character used to force literal data
                   transmission; abbreviated fo; default value is `^P'.

     framesize     (num) The amount of data (in bytes) to buffer between file
                   system writes when receiving files; abbreviated fr.

     host          (str) The name of the host to which you are connected;
                   abbreviated ho.

     prompt        (char) The character which indicates an end-of-line on the
                   remote host; abbreviated pr; default value is `\n'.  This
                   value is used to synchronize during data transfers.  The
                   count of lines transferred during a file transfer command
                   is based on receipt of this character.

     raise         (bool) Upper case mapping mode; abbreviated ra; default
                   value is off.  When this mode is enabled, all lower case
                   letters will be mapped to upper case by tip for
                   transmission to the remote machine.

     raisechar     (char) The input character used to toggle upper case
                   mapping mode; abbreviated rc; default value is `^A'.

     record        (str) The name of the file in which a session script is
                   recorded; abbreviated rec; default value is ``tip.record''.

     script        (bool) Session scripting mode; abbreviated sc; default is
                   off.  When script is true, tip will record everything
                   transmitted by the remote machine in the script record file
                   specified in record.  If the beautify switch is on, only
                   printable ASCII characters will be included in the script
                   file (those characters between 040 and 0177).  The variable
                   exceptions is used to indicate characters which are an
                   exception to the normal beautification rules.

     tabexpand     (bool) Expand tabs to spaces during file transfers;
                   abbreviated tab; default value is false.  Each tab is
                   expanded to 8 spaces.

     tandem        (bool) Use XON/XOFF flow control to throttle data from the
                   remote host; abbreviated ta.  The default value is true
                   unless the nt capability has been specified in /etc/remote,
                   in which case the default value is false.

     verbose       (bool) Verbose mode; abbreviated verb; default is true.
                   When verbose mode is enabled, tip prints messages while
                   dialing, shows the current number of lines transferred
                   during a file transfer operations, and more.

     tip uses the following environment variables:

     SHELL       (str) The name of the shell to use for the ~! command;
                 default value is ``/bin/sh'', or taken from the environment.

     HOME        (str) The home directory to use for the ~c command; default
                 value is taken from the environment.

     HOST        Check for a default host if none specified.

     The variables ${REMOTE} and ${PHONES} are also exported.

     /etc/remote             Global system descriptions.
     /etc/phones             Global phone number data base.
     ${REMOTE}               Private system descriptions.
     ${PHONES}               Private phone numbers.
     ~/.tiprc                Initialization file.
     tip.record              Record file.

     Diagnostics are, hopefully, self explanatory.

     phones(5), remote(5)

     The tip command appeared in 4.2BSD.

     The full set of variables is undocumented and should, probably, be pared

NetBSD 10.99                   November 29, 2006                  NetBSD 10.99