axcall - make an AX.25, NET/ROM or Rose connection.
axcall [-b l|e] [-d] [-h] [-m s|e] [-p paclen] [-s mycall] [-r] [-t]
[-T timeout] [-v] [-w window] [-W] port callsign [[via]
axcall [-d] [-h] [-p paclen] [-r] [-t] [-v] port callsign
axcall [-d] [-h] [-r] [-t] [-v] port callsign address [[via]
Axcall is the general purpose AX.25, NET/ROM and Rose connection
program. As is normal in AX.25 it runs entirely in line mode. All CR/LF
translation is done transparently. The program provides ASCII, YAPP,
YAPP-C and 7+ file transfer facilities. Some of the options are only
valid in AX.25 mode, the program will quietly ignore them if given in
NET/ROM mode or in Rose mode.
This version of axcall incorporates many changes that include a much
improved user interface. The port name is mandatory and is the name of
the port which the connection will be made on. The port name may be
either an AX.25, a NET/ROM port or a Rose port, axcall will determine
When using NET/ROM the use of digipeaters is meaningless and is not
supported. However when using Rose up to one digipeater may be
specified, as well as the Rose address of the distant node and the
callsign of the remote station. The Rose address must be ten digits
long and it must exist in the Rose node tables. For Rose connects to
work axparms must have been used to set a callsign/uid mapping for the
userid in use.
-b l|e Sets the method of backoff to use with AX.25 connections. The
default is taken from the port specification, but can be
overridden by this option. Valid values are l for linear
backoff, and e for exponential backoff.
-d Turn on socket level debugging.
-h Selects Slave mode.
-m s|e Sets the AX.25 mode to use. The default is taken from the
port specification, but can be overridden by this option.
Valid values are s for normal (modulus 8) AX.25 operation, or
e for extended (modulus 128) AX.25 operation.
-p paclen Specify a specific maximum amount of data to be sent in each
-s mycall Connect using the specified source axcall (you may need to be
-R Disable all remote commands like autobin (#BIN#), 7plus
downloads, //echo, etc. This is useful for scripting where
you just don't like the remote site to trigger uncaught
-S Be silent. Useful for using axcall in shellscripts (together
with option -r) in order to be really transparent.
Set idle timeout seconds after a connection will be closed
automaticaly when there's no data being transferred (in- and
outbound). If timeout is set to 3600, the connection will
close after 1h inactivity. A value of 0.5 is 500ms.
-r Selects Raw mode.
-t Selects Talk mode.
-v Display the version.
-w window Specify a specific AX.25 window for this connection. Only
valid in AX.25 mode.
-W Wait for remote disconnect even if stdin is closed. Normaly,
"echo q | axcall ax0 db0fhn" closes immediately after "echo
q" terminates; thus we never see the greeting from db0fhn.
With the -W option, axcall waits until the ax25-connection is
disconnected (i.e. db0fhn disconnects after "q" command).
Very useful for scripting. You might like to combine it with
the -T option.
The axcall program interprets lines beginning with a '~' specially.
The following '~' escapes are available.
~? List escapes
~~ A ~ symbol
~. Close connection
~! [command] Run a command
~0 Change to Raw mode
~1 Change to Slave mode
~2 Change to Talk mode
~a Start a file transfer (Autobin)
~b Start a file transfer (Binary)
~c Close the logfile
~h List escapes
~o [filename] Open a logfile (default 'logfile.txt')
~r Reconnect to remote station
~s Stop an upload
~u [filename] Upload a file (ASCII upload)
~yu [filename] Upload a file (YAPP upload)
~yd [filename] Download a file (YAPP download)
~z Suspend program
The program provides no terminal emulation features. These are left up
to the console facilities of the terminal in use. The program is
however '8 bit clean'.
axlisten(1), mheard(1), ax25(4), netrom(4), rose(4), axports(5),
nrports(5), rsports(5), axparms(8), nrparms(8), rsparms(8).
Alexander Tietzel DG6XA <TIETZE_A@etech.fh-hamburg.de>
Joerg Reuter DL1BKE <email@example.com>
Alan Cox GW4PTS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jonathan Naylor G4KLX <email@example.com>
Steve Henson G6IXS <firstname.lastname@example.org>