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Subject: Amiga Mosaic & WWW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Archive-name: amiga/AMosaic-faq Last-modified: 1997/05/13 URL: http://www.phone.net/ATCPFAQ/amosaic.html Posting-Frequency: semimonthly Version: 1.18
Amiga Mosaic & WWW Frequently Asked Questions 1: What is Mosaic? Mosaic is a client for the World Wide Web. The World Wide Web is a new application on the Internet which allows pictures, sounds, animations to be viewed from anywhere on the Internet. Amiga Mosaic (AMosaic) is available from Aminet <ftp://aminet/comm/net/Mosaic1.2.1_AmiTCP.lha> and the Amiga Mosaic site. <ftp://ftp.omnipresence.com/pub/amiga/amosaic> Mosaic can also be used to access FTP servers from a GUI front end, and to access Gopher and many other services. The next release of Mosaic will even allow you to connect to telnet services listed on WWW pages. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2: What version of AmigaOS do I need? AMosaic version 1.2 works with 2.x Amigas. You need AmigaOS 3.x to view inlined images. Other versions (including 1.2.1) work only on AmigaOS 3.x. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3: Why does Amiga Mosaic not do inlined images in AmigaOS 2.x? AMosaic uses 3.x's DataTypes system to display inlined images. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4: What networking software do I need? There are versions of AMosaic 1.2 for use with any of DNET, AmiTCP 3.0b2, or AS225r2. Software derived from those two TCP/IP stacks or emulating it can also be used. Later versions should all be available for either AmiTCP 3.0b2 or AS225r2. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5: Amiga Mosaic keeps saying "failed to create application" when I try to start it. Why? Because you don't have MUI installed, or don't have a recent enough version for Amiga Mosaic. Install the latest version. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6: Why does AMosaic require MUI? I hate MUI! We like MUI. It made creating AMosaic much easier for us. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7: AMosaic crashes when I iconify it, or change the preferences using MUI Prefs. This is fixed in Amiga Mosaic 1.4 and later. If you can't run those versions, then don't do that. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8: Why doesn't Amiga Mosaic display external images? Could be any number of reasons. First, make sure that you have an env:mosaic/mailcap file. Next, make sure that there is an entry in it for the type you are trying to display. Finallly, make sure that that entry has a %s in the command. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9: How do I use forms with Amiga Mosaic? You have to use version 1.4 beta or later. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10: How do I have Amiga Mosaic use a proxy server? Set the environment variable for the protocol to the appropriate proxy. For example, to cause HTTP request to go to www.hut.fi:8001, set HTTP_PROXY to http://www.hut.fi:8001/. This only works with Amiga Mosaic 1.3 and above; previous versions use an obsolete proxy protocol. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11: Why doesn't the NO_PROXY variable work? Because it isn't implemented yet. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12: I just get a window popped open on my screen when I tried to play at an external sound/view an external image: Title=AmiTCP:bin Please send email to witbrock@cs.cmu.edu telling him that you passed through the unsupported pipe code and which URL it happened on. Also say: file HTFWriter.c:HTSaveAndExecute line 461 compiled Jun 14 1994 20:07:49 The problem is that you removed the %s from the line handling audio in your mailcap file. Amosaic is trying to pipe the audio to your player, but it can't. You need to fix your mailcap file. This answer applies to non-audio data too, and to versions of mosaic more recent than 1.3. As a side note, hours of fun can be had by turning up the speakers loud and playing that URL with a cat in the room. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13: How do I get Mosaic to open on it's own screen? For MUI 2,3, run the MUI application, and take the following steps in it: 1) Make sure you are on the "System" page. 2) Change application selector from "«Global»" to "AmigaMosaic". 3) Use the screen selector to create a new public screen for Mosaic. 4) Edit it as appropriate. 5) Exit MUI with the Save button. You may need to run and exit Amiga Mosaic before you can select it in the application selector. For MUI 3.1, start with the MUI application, doing the folllowing: 1) Go to the "Windows" page. 2) Click on the button closest to the "Gadgets:" label in the "Window Control" frame. 3) Save this Now, run Amiga Mosaic (or find it's window if it was running), and notice that there's a gadget that looks like the one you just enabled in the MUI application. Click on it, then click on the "Settings" item in the resulting menu. It brings up what looks like the MUI preferences editor. In that, do the following: 1) Go to the "System" page. 2) Click the "Call Inspector" button in the "Public Screen" frame. 3) Set up the screen you want Amiga Mosaic to run on in the resulting requester, then save it. 4) Now, use the screen selector to select that screen. 5) Save the results. Amiga Mosaic should move to that screen. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14: Is there going to be a commercial version of AMosaic? Almost certainly not. AMosaic is a port of NCSA X Mosaic, and the right to sell it commercially requires a rather expensive license. However, at least three different Amiga GUI web browsers are being written from scratch. The group that did Amiga Mosaic is working on one of them, and it will be commercial. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15: Is the source to Amiga Mosaic available? Yes, from the Omnipresence FTP server <ftp://www.omnipresence.com/pub/amiga/mosaic/MosaicSrc.lha>. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16: How do I subscribe to the AMosaic mailing list? Send the message "subscribe amosaic" to the address "majordomo@omnipresence.com". Or, if you'd prefer to subscribe to the digest version and get one combined message per night, send the message "subscribe amosaic-digest" to the same address. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17: Are there any other web browsers for the Amiga? There are a number of other web browsers available. See the amiga browsers page <http://www.phone.net/home/mwm/amiga-browsers.html> for a current list. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18: What other references might be useful? [Authors note: I'm including both commercial and non-commercial references, along with how to find either them or more information. This is not an endorsement, merely a pointer to more information.] For a general discussion of AmiTCP issues, including application lists and help getting started, see the AmiTCP FAQ. <http://www.phone.net/ATCPFAQ/amitcp.html> Multilink (normally MLink) functions somewhat like TIA, but uses it's own protocol with replacement stacks, with source available for the Unix end. If you're considering TIA, you might want to look at the Multilink support page. <http://www.hut.fi/~oahvenla/MLink/> "Connect Your Amiga! A Guide to the Internet, LANs, BBSs and Online Services," by Dale L. Larson. ISBN 1-885876-02-5, US$24.95. For more info: Intangible Assets Manufacturing 828 Ormond Avenue Drexel Hill, PA 19026-2604 USA VOICE: +1 610 853 4406 FAX: +1 610 853 3733 EMAIL: info@iam.com WWW: http://www.iam.com/iam <http://www.iam.com/iam> --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19: Can I set up a World Wide Web Server with AmiTCP? Yes. You can find a copy of the Amiga Web Server (AWS) on the AWS site. <ftp://ftp.omnipresence.com/pub/amiga/aws/> The other Amiga-native WWW server is awebserver, available from aminet. If you prefer the NCSA http daemon, Graham Walter did an excellent port. It is available from the Amiga Mosaic site. <ftp://ftp.omnipresence.com/pub/amiga/amosaic/httpd.lha> A more recent port of Apache - derived from the NCSA httpd - is also available from Aminet. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20: How do I keep inetd from saying that httpd is looping? Inetd assumes that nobody would want to connect to a service more than 10 times a minute. For AmiTCP 3.0b2, this is hardwired into the code, and cannot be changed without source. You can ftp a patched version of inetd for AmiTCP 3.0b2. <ftp://ftp.phone.net/pub/mwm/inetd_for_httpd> For AmiTCP 4.1 and later, you can use the TOOMANY option on inetd to change this from the default value of 60 connections/minute. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21: What do I need to know about this document? That the latest version can be found on the world wide web. <http://www.phone.net/ATCPFAQ/amosaic.html> That any changes, corrections or updates should be sent to me <mailto:amosaicfaq@contessa.phone.net> and I will do my best to answer them. That it is copyright Mike W. Meyer. Permission is granted for this document to be freely distributed complete and unaltered. In addition, any portion of this document may be distributed on USENET, so long as the credits are included in any portion that includes more than two answers. 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