Automated Connections

Node Files

Node files are text files that contain commands that describe how to connect to a PacketCluster node, a bulletin board, etc.

Use F5 or choose Connect/Start Node File to select a node file and start the sequence that will connect you to your destination. To have a node file selected automatically when the Packet window starts up choose Options/Packet Options and Port Select, pick the Port tab and set Node File Name.

When you use F5 or choose Connect/Start Node File a list is displayed. The entries in this list represent the "node" files residing in XMLog's working folder (usually c:\mlog). Node files are plain text files with extensions of .nod - the file w1dxa.nod will appear as w1dxa in the list.

Internet Connections

For Internet connections node files will contain lines of the form "connect" or "connect".

TNC Connections

For TNC connections node files can contain multiple lines of the form "connect nodename". XMLog will make successive connections to the nodes named in these connect commands.

When using a TNC you will typically be making the first connection while your TNC is in a disconnected state so be sure to include "send #cmd" as the first line in your node file or hit the F2 key to put the TNC in command mode before starting a connection sequence.

Command Descriptions and Examples

For examples and information on the commands that can appear in node files see TNC Node Connections and Node Commands.

Aborting a Connection Sequence

To abort a node file choose Node/Stop Node File.

Receiving one of the following messages will automatically abort the node connection sequence: