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lynx-dev Lynx Windows 9X/NT instructions (was: No subject)

From: Webmaster Jim
Subject: lynx-dev Lynx Windows 9X/NT instructions (was: No subject)
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 08:25:19 -0400

On Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 02:37:03PM -0700, Jeffrey Liggett wrote:
> I am pretty much an end user (i.e., no programming experience) but I am 
> interested in trying out Lynx. I am running Windows 95 on an HP with a 
> Pentium Pro and downloaded the Win32 version of Lynx from
> Unfortunately I have no idea where to go from here, and the documentation 
> doesn't appear to be geared towards someone like myself. Is there a bare 
> bones set of instructions (or is there even a bare bones way) to get Lynx up 
> and running?

I've unpacked the readme file from the lynx I built a couple weeks ago,
and and am reproducing it here.  It's online at:

Win95/98/NT Lynx Instructions (pre-compiled format):

Follow these simple instructions to get Lynx to work in Windows 95/98/NT:

1) Make certain that your "lynx_w32" folder is on your hard drive,
   probably the "C:" drive, and not within another
   directory. (C:\lynx_w32\)

2) Open Notepad. Notepad is a text editor program in Windows,
   normally found on the "Start" menu under "Accessories". If you do
   not know where it is, use the "Find File" option from the Start
   menu. If you are still unable to find it, use another word
   processor instead, making sure to save the file as plain text,
   "word processors" being prone to add formatting stuff. (but chances
   are that you do have Notepad).

3) Select "Open..." from the File menu. The "Open" window will
   appear. In this window there is a pop up menu entitled: "Files of
   type:".  From that pop up menu, change "Text Documents" to "All
   Files (*.*)".

4) In the "Open" window, navigate to your "lynx_w32" folder
   (remember, it should be in your C: drive!). Now got to into the
   "samples" folder, which is within the "lynx_w32" folder. Open the
   file "Lynx.bat" (it is in the "samples" folder;
   C:\lynx_w32\samples\Lynx.bat).  The following text should appear:

set term=vt100
set home=d:\win32
set temp=d:\tmp
set lynx_cfg=d:\win32\lynx.cfg
d:\win32\lynx.exe %1 %2 %3 %4 %5

   Change the all the drive letters to the drive where you have Lynx.
   This is most likely "C:", but may be "D:" or "E:" or whatever.
   Change the directory names from win32 to where you have put Lynx.
   Like this:

set term=vt100
set home=c:\lynx_w32
set temp=c:\tmp
set lynx_cfg=c:\lynx_w32\lynx.cfg
c:\lynx_w32\lynx.exe %1 %2 %3 %4 %5

   Once you have made those changes, save the document as
   "C:\lynx_w32\lynx.bat". Close Notepad.

5) Create a Shortcut to "lynx.bat" (C:\lynx_w32\lynx.bat) by doing
   "Right-Click => New => Shortcut" on your desktop. Double click this
   shortcut and Lynx will begin to load.

   Once you have a shortcut to a batch file that runs lynx.exe, you
   can then modify the properties of that shortcut to allow pasting by
   going to Misc->Other->Fast (Win98: Properties->Misc->FastPasting)
   pasting and turning it off.

Happy browsing!

This file was made by Scythe_X.
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 1999 16:09:48 PDT
From: Scythe X <address@hidden>

[ leftover text from older readmes follows ]

originally from
newer borland builds from

readme.txt    This message.  A compiled Win32 Lynx.exe, lynx.cfg, cp.exe, mv.exe and
              sendmail.exe along with some config info.

The 2-8-3dev10 version was compiled using Borland C++Builder.
There are known bugs with using the included sendmail.exe, which
we are working on.
This version differs from Wayne Buttles 2-8-2 release in that it 
includes some patches created by Hiroyuki Senshu.
Full sources are available on
and its mirrors.
I've changed xsystem.c and LYcurses.c to get this release to compile.

The Win32 version will work on Win95/8 or WinNT using the standard winsock.
Win3.11 will NOT work -- not even with win32s and wolverine installed.
This is a console application meaning that it appears to run in a DOS box
within Windows, but it accesses the Windows network layer and other kernel
functions directly.

If you want to run helper apps then they *may* need to be in your path.  I
haven't tested this much yet.

lynx uses cp.exe to make a copy of a temp file when you download and then
choose a destination.  Don't delete it.  It works best when put in your

This version uses BLOCKING lookups and connects.  I wasn't ready to
butcher the code to install non-blocking calls yet.  The Win32 version
should now at least have non-blocking lookups.

This is NOT guaranteed to be a secure client.  Don't just slap it on an NT
server or DOS BBS and open it up to the public without testing it!!!

File access looks like this:


Here are some useful environment variables which you should set up
in a lynx.bat file:

HOME         Where to keep the bookmark file and personal config files.
TEMP or TMP  Bookmarks are kept here with no HOME.  Temp files here.
USER         Tells Lynx you are real instead of an anonymous user(?)
LYNX_CFG     Where to find the lynx.cfg.

Look in SAMPLES for an idea on how to create a good lynx.bat.

43 line mode works fine in the Win32 version as long as you start it that

I am sure there will be questions, opinions, flames...they should ALL be
sent to address@hidden since this is a real port.  If you are not
subscribed to lynx-dev then you can read responses from the web archive at

Happy browsing,
... and Jim

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