Re: chat bugs
>>>>> On Mon, 12 Aug 1996 19:40:00 +0200, Jean Orloff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I'm still unsuccessfully fighting my chat problems reported over 2 weeks
> ago. [snip]
> Then the chatscript sends a character over the line, and hopelessly waits for
> the reply (a login prompt): just as if the line beyond the modem was cut.
Some ISPs require you to type a couple of carriage returns before they'll give
you a prompt. To do this, put "\d\r\d\r\d\r" as the first send string. A
single character may not be enough.
> If I had courage, I would rewrite a chat clone in Perl... But this problem
> has cost me about 15h playing around during the last weeks, and my faith in
> myself and debian is declining...
Don't blame Debian for this, chat is simply flaky, and always has been, as far
as I can tell. I used to use chat with MachTen, a Unix for the Mac, and had
very similar problems. I can pretty much guarantee that chat won't work any
better with any other system.
I was having lots of trouble with chat, and am still meaning to fix it when I
have time. Meanwhile, I looked at the source, and noticed a couple of buffers
that seemed awfully small. I increased their size from 50 to 5000 characters,
and I haven't had any trouble with chat for a few days now. So maybe that
worked, though I haven't looked at the code carefully enough to even know what
these buffers are for.
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