Install GateKeeper as root using the Installer package. Configuration instructions are contained in the online NeXTHelp system. If you are building GateKeeper from source, building the app target will generate the Installer package. Proper operation of Dial on Demand under NeXTStep requires a local nameserver. See the named man page for details. SUBMISSION GateKeeper 3.0 Beta 4 GateKeeper 3.0 is an integrated GUI control and PPP package. CHANGES IN Beta 4 Loading of LKS's from ordinary user accounts has been fixed. Dial on Demand can be disabled, connection is then via the tools->start pppd menu item. Numerous minor enhancements. CHANGES IN Beta 3 Installation of this Beta should now be possible without 2.1. Some new sounds courtesy of Randi Joseph. Fixed bug in daemon's redial if password is rejected. GateKeeper now auto loads LKS and BPF if these are not loaded. CHANGES IN Beta 2 Fixed threading bug in GateKeeper.app (app would hang). RELEASE NOTES This is an early, experimental Beta. Minimal testing has been done on Intel hardware running 4.2 User with a SupraSonic modem. Building the source distribution requires NS 3.2/3.3 Developer. It should work with NS 3.2->4.2 User. This release is self contained and will not affect prior releases of GateKeeper or PPP if you install it in a different folder. In this release GateKeeper and the integrated PPP daemon communicate in a peer to peer fashion as necessary via Mach RPC (prior releases parsed the PPP log stream). This allows GateKeeper to dynamically alter the behavior of the running PPP daemon. The current Beta only implements a subset of the planned RPC so many things require the user to stop and start the PPP daemon (from GK) in order for changes to take effect. Central to the operation of this release is "Dial on demand" which I have enabled in the PPP daemon. This allows GateKeeper and the PPP daemon to provide the functionality of previous releases while operating independently of each other. For example, if GateKeeper is restarted while a PPP daemon is active it will contact the daemon and resume the peer to peer relationship. The integrated PPP package is based on the NeXT 2.3.1 release of the free PPP as ported by Steve Perkins and others. Significant changes include: GateKeeper.app Architecture has been extensively reworked to support the new model of operation. Preferences now consists of dynamically loaded bundles. PostPPP script execution upon termination of GK and daemon. PPP daemon Dial on demand has been enabled. Mach RPC and communications server thread added. chat Slight mod to overcome cheese ball NeXT POSIX support. Capture and reporting of connection speed via Mach RPC. PPP LKS nb_shrink_top reset per 0.4.5 kernel. BUGS A local nameserver is required for proper operation of dial on demand. A caching only configuration is ideal. If you are using the GK 2.1 stable release you must switch the PPP log from a FIFO to a file in GK 2.1's preferences. If you want old Gate docs to report connection speed you must add a line to your pppup file like: "REPORT CARRIER". See the enclosed example doc. The documentation does not reflect this Beta release. German localization has been removed from this Beta. DISTRIBUTION FILES GateKeeper.3.0.Beta.4.s.tar.gz contains a source distribution GateKeeper.3.0.Beta.4.NI.b.tar.gz contains a binary distribution SUPPORT My ability to provide support is very limited. Should you require assistance I will expect you to have the current stable release (2.1) running on your system. During the Beta period I will provide support without charge to those testing the Beta. Upon final release the following will apply: Comments and bug reports are always welcome, but if you would like support the following applies: 1. If you are a non-commercial user and are doing some type of FSF GNU or other freeware work for the UNIX community let me know and we'll call it even. The same is true if you provide software free to single non-commercial users or if you have contributed to the creation of GateKeeper. 2. If you would like E-mail support please register for it by sending in a one time registration fee of $20 USD. 3. If you would like telephone support please contact me via E-mail for details. FEATURES -- Dial on demand. -- Manual Dial and login to a ppp provider without a script. -- Compound document format for storing information necessary to access an Internet Service Provider. -- GUI document editor (partially implemented) -- Toolbar control -- Idle timeout with sound warning. -- Execute and check exit status of a preLink and a preUnLink script prior to the respective operation. -- displays pppStats -- Redial. -- App Icon session timer. -- Tri-state animated icon provides status feedback. -- Captures and displays connection information CURRENT RELEASE The current Beta release of GateKeeper is version 3.0 Beta 4 The current stable release of GateKeeper is version 2.1 HISTORY Version 3.0 -- Tenth public release GateKeeper's architecture has been extensively reworked. GateKeeper 3.0 contains an integrated ppp package. GateKeeper and the ppp daemon communicate as necessary via Mach RPC. Version 2.1 -- Ninth public release The manual dial mechanism has been rewritten to eliminate the need for tip. This was necessary to resolve a problem mentioned in the ppp FAQ which afflicts certain modems and ISDN adaptors when attempting to dial using comm programs such as tip. Manual dial should now work with all modems. Double clicking a Gate doc in the Workspace no longer launches a ppp session. Instead, the Gate doc is opened for editing using the Gate doc editor. The editor now has an integrated Link button which can be used to launch a ppp session using the edited doc. Instead of immediate redials, GK now has a built in back-off delay which doubles in period each time that an attempted redial fails. A GUI status window option has been added. This can be used in addition to or instead of the regular diagnostics window. To support this functionality I've added the ability to handle Bourne shell like comments to chat (i.e. preceded by a #). Comments embedded in a chat pppup file will be displayed in GateKeeper's status window. Newly, generated Gate docs will have default comments. Version 2.0 -- Eigth public release German translation provided by Uli Zappe, who also provided very helpful feedback and bug reports. The German translation is not complete because I did not fully prepare GK for multilingual support. GateKeeper is now installed from a package. Gate docs no longer require an absolute path to the chat pppup script. The threshold below which GateKeeper will trigger Inactivity Timeout can now be adjusted via GK's preferences. GateKeeper can now be set in preferences to use an ordinary log file as its IPC mechanism with pppd/syslogd. The polling technique from the UNIX tail command is used, although, this method is not as efficient as the FIFO option. GateKeeper can check for mail in the queue and provide an icon warning. Sound can be disabled in preferences. The options file within a Gate doc can now be edited graphically. GateKeeper now checks whether the real user has permission to access a file before allowing editing or Linking. Older versions required hardcoding and a recompile in order to achieve this. preLink and preUnlink script execution prior to the respective op. Version 1.0a -- Seventh public release This release became necessary because of a CERT advisory on 2/15/96 regarding versions of BIND prior to 4.9.3. GateKeeper recieves the signal to dial on demand from a slightly modified named daemon which runs while GateKeeper is running (if "dial on demand" is enabled in preferences). Version 1.0 -- Sixth public release Per suggestion of Steven J. Perkins added ToolBar. Added Inactivity timeout and dial on demand. New graphics created with Stone Design's awesome 3D Reality. See the info panel. Usual minor improvements. Version 0.9 -- Fifth public release Added manual dial and login, plus minor improvements. Thanks to Stephan Schneider for his help in debugging a problem with the manual dial feature and for numerous suggestions and comments. Version 0.8 -- Fourth public release Added Auto re-dial and some minor improvements. Version 0.7 -- Bug fix release Thanks to Hanspeter Schuab for numerous suggestions, bug reports and a bug fix. Version 0.6 -- Second public release Numerous enchancements including .Gate doc's Version 0.3 -- Initial release Thanks to Steven J. Perkins for evaluation and numerous suggestions. Comments, bug reports and suggestions should be sent to: Felipe A. Rodriguez 5315 Colodny st. #7 Agoura Hills, CA 91301 email@example.com (NeXTmail preferred) (MIMEmail welcome) ####################################################################
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