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Message-Id: <202111130931.1AD9VGXg023214@delorie.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 22:21:51 +0100
From: "Juan Manuel Guerrero (juan DOT guerrero AT gmx DOT de) [via djgpp-announce AT delorie DOT com]" <djgpp-announce AT delorie DOT com>
To: djgpp-announce AT delorie DOT com
Subject: ANNOUNCE: DJGPP port of Lynx 2.9.0dev.10 uploaded.

This is a port of Lynx 2.9.0dev.10 to MSDOS/DJGPP.

   Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) client for users running
   cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices such as vt100 terminals
   and vt100 emulators running on character-cell display.  It will display
   Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) documents containing links to files on the
   local system, as well as files on remote systems running http, gopher, ftp,
   wais, nntp, finger, or cso/ph/qi servers, and services accessible via logins
   to telnet, tn3270 or rlogin accounts.

   DJGPP specific changes.
   This port is based on the current develop code of lynx (aka lynx2.9.0dev.10)
   available as:

   The code has been adjusted to detect at runtime if LFN support is available
   or not.  If LFN support is available then the original posix style file
   names will be used else DOS compatible ones will be used.

   The port will use cp850 as default code page instead of using iso-8859-1 as
   it is in the current code.  It is clear that having iso-8859-1 on plain DOS
   as character set is useless as soon as spanish, german or other non-english
   texts shall be displayed.  You can always select another character set by
   either setting the corresponding environment variable or by editing lynx.cfg

   The current version of lynx requires that the HOME environment variable is
   set to a writable directory or it will refuse to start.  To alleviate this
   situation, if HOME is not set, the current directory will be used instead
   by this port version.

   The port has been configured using the configure script provided by the
   source package.  This means that neither old DJGPP specific scripts nor
   makefiles distributed by the package have been used.  A lot of the porting
   work has been invested in the DJGPP specific configuration scripts.

   This port has been configured to be compiled with BZIP2, ZIP and PDCURSES
   support.  This means that if you want to recompile the preconfigured sources
   you must have installed the following ports:

   The port has been configured and build without NLS support enabled.
   To enable this feature, the latest ports of libiconv and gettext must be
   If you prefer NLS, then reconfigure the sources passing the nls flag to
   the config.bat file.

   The port has been configured with IDN support.  Having IDN support requires
   installing the iconv port.  The following ports have been used:
   No other versions have been tested.  Linking with libidn always requires
   also linking with libiconv to provide the requires character set recoding

   The port has been configured with OPENSSL support.  OpenSSL support requires
   installing the WATT-32 port.  The following ports have been used:
   No other versions have been tested.  To be able to use this program compiled
   with OpenSSL and WATT-32 a noise source must be installed.  A noise source
   can be obtained as:
   If for some reason you decide to reconfigure the source package, then you
   will have to set the WATT_ROOT environment variable to point to the
   directory where the headers and the library reside.  This is:
     set WATT_ROOT=/dev/env/DJDIR/net/watt

   To be able to run the program, configuration files are expected to be found
   at their canonical place.  This is the /dev/env/DJDIR/etc directory.  The
   configuration files lynx.cfg and lynx.css are stored in the /etc directory
   and reflect, to certain extent, the conditions during the configuration and
   compilation process of this port.  You may need to adjust the entries to
   fit your requiriments.  If lynx.cfg and lynx.css are not found at their
   canonical place then the program will try to load them from the installation
   directory of lynx.  To run the program, a working version of wattcp.cfg is
   required.  This file is __NOT__ distributed with this port.  That file will
   reflect your network environment and hardware.  It is the task of the user
   to write one that matches his environment.  As a starting point you can use
   the one distributed with the WATT-32 port.  Please note that the location of
   wattcp.cfg must be specified by setting the WATTCP.CFG environment variable.
   This can be done either in the environment, in autoexec.bat or in djgpp.env.
   If the file cannot be found at any of the canonical places the program will
   try to load it from the installation directory of lynx.

   To be able to run the program, a DOS packet driver (PKTDRVR) is required.
   This may be obtained from the card manufacturer or from one of the archives
   of packet drivers (such as
   Even when only browsing local files, a NULLPKT packet driver is required like
   nullpkt.zip.  The zip file can be downloaded as:

   The lynx executable itself handles http:, https:, ftp:, file:, news:, nntp:
   and gopher: protocols. You will need external programs if you want to access
   telnet:, tn3270:, or mailto: URLs.  In this case a port of kermit may be

   Please note that lynx does _NOT_ support javascript at all.  So nothing will
   work that requires this feature.  If you need this, look for a different
   text web browser.

   It is important to realize that this port is a _PURE_ DOS port.  If for some
   reason you want to use lynx under Windows, you should download a windows
   port of lynx.

   If you decide to use this port as stand alone program then you can set the
   following environment variables to point to the required configuration
     LYNX_CFG      Set to the full path and filename for lynx.cfg
     LYNX_LSS      Set to the full path and filename for lynx.lss
     WATTCP.CFG    Set to the full path for the WATTCP.CFG directory
     SSL_CERT_FILE Set to the full path and filename for your file of
                   trusted certificates
   As a last resort, if the above environment variables are not set, the
   program will try to load all those files from its installation directory.
   There is also a batch file stored in the /share/lynx_doc/samples directory
   that shows how to run lynx as a stand alone application.

   The DJGPP port now checks the OS version it is running on.  If it is equal
   or less than MSDOS 6.22 the double quotes around the file name passed to
   edit.com will be removed.  If this is not done, edit.com refuses to start.
   For OS like Win95 and above this is not necessary.  edit.com is the editor
   used by lynx at last resort.  The program's behaviour is not changed if an
   editor different from edit.com is selected in lynx.cfg.

   The DJGPP port now checks if LFN support is available.  If available then
   files with a leading dot are allowed/supported in case that this has been
   allowed by setting NO_DOT_FILES to FALSE in lynx.cfg.  In all previous
   versions, the setting of this value had absolute no influence in program's
   behavior if compiled with DJGPP.

   When connecting to a site via https, lynx will require that a file of
   trusted certificates is available.  It is your's responsability to create
   such a file and the port will _NEVER_ provide one.  This .PEM file is
   created using openssl tools.  Read the openssl documentation.  A working
   linux installation provides always one.  It may be found by the name
   "ca-bundle.pem" or similar.  In the end it must be a file in PEM format.
   Store it where you like and point to it by setting the corresponding lynx
   environment variable like this:
     set SSL_CERT_FILE=/dev/env/DJDIR/share/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.pem
   Of course the value propossed is arbitrary and reflects the way I do it
   for my own installation of lynx.  A starting point for reading about how
   to create your own PEM files is:

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