sendfile consists (besides a complete documentation) of the following parts:
Examples for the sendfile client:
$ sendfile doku.ps firstname.lastname@example.org $ sendfile -a Sources *.f90 Makefile zrxh0370
Sendfile invokes the compressing algorithm before transfering files and will save network bandwith by doing so. Furthermore, it is possible to send directories or multiple files within an archive file (see second example above). An automated encryption using PGP can be performed optionally.
The sendmsg client is a user software for sending one-line text based messages to the sendfiled of the recipient's host. The sendfiled will write the message directly to the terminal of the recipient.
Example for sendmsg:
$ sendmsg email@example.com message: start making pizza, we'll arrive soon!
For receiving files from the local spool area the recipient invokes the receive client. Example:
$ receive -l From firstname.lastname@example.org (Ulli Horlacher) 1) 1995-08-10 15:41:24 3 KB README 2) 1995-08-10 15:41:37 30 KB doku.txt 3) 1995-08-10 15:42:09 113 KB Sources (archive) $ receive R* %receive-I, README received
If there are existing files with the exact same file name, the receive client will ask for confirmation before overwriting the file. Before creating filenames containing special characters (escape codes, meta characters) receive will ask the user for confirmation. Concerning security reasons sendfile is non critical. All clients will run as normal user software programs and the server will be controlled by the (x)inetd. The sendfiled writes only into the spool area directory, using the UID of the recipient. The system administrator can create a config-file of user names which are denied from using the sendfile service and limiting the size of the spool area. The user himself can create a file of sender names for which receiving of files will be denied.
Sendfile has been ported to AIX, BSDI, Convex-OS, Digital Unix, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, MacOSX, NeXTstep/Mach, OSF/1, SunOS 4, Solaris and Ultrix.
Sendfile must be installed by root (super user), because the sendfiled is a privileged Internet daemon. An automated installation script is included in the packet, a 40 pages documentation (in German language) and man pages for the clients and the server.
Sendfile requires an ANSI-C-compiler for compiling and gzip at runtime. If you are interested in trying, installing and using sendfile, the software can be downloaded.
The active development of sendfile has been stopped, it is now in maintenance mode: only bugs will get fixed, but no more new features will be added.
F*EX (File EXchange) is the successor of SAFT/sendfile.