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1. What add-on products are available for Waffle ?

Lots... and I mean lots.

When in doubt poke around the Waffle directory on (old) SimTel or a
mirror site for the list of stuff that's purely Waffle related.

Also, keep your eyes open in the Waffle newsgroup for information
related to utilities that might not have been uploaded to (old) Simtel.

ftp.halcyon.com, on the Internet, has a huge anonymous ftp
section, in /pub/waffle, which was (but is no longer) mirrored
by remote.halcyon.com for anonymous UUCP.  There is an anonymous
UUCP list posted frequently to c.b.w -- see later.

Also, grep for `waffle' in the comp.os.msdos.mail-news FAQ.

Lastly, look in /waffle/docs/third.doc in 1.65

2. I don't like Waffle's user interface.  Is there another program that
    I can use to access news?

Current ftp locations and author addresses, as well as a
complete list of known packages, should be obtained from the
comp.os.msdos.mail-news FAQ.

There are about 20 waffle-compatible newsreaders listed there.

Any of the MS-DOS readers should be easy to hook into Waffle
1.65's Chrome hook - in RUN.BAT, instead of running CHROME,
run the reader that you like.  Under 1.64, if you don't find
yourself using `p' to poll often, you could put it there.

3. I don't like Waffle's user interface.  Is there another program
   that I can use to access the files section?

Harrison Page, one of the few people who knows Tom Dell personally
and posts trivia updates to c.b.w , has written a replacement files
section called `unfiles'.  mail at harrison@hedgehog.darkside.com

4. Duplicate message killers

checkdup - by Russell_Schulz@locutus.ofB.ORG
Must be run in each newsgroup directory seperately -- good if
you're only getting a few groups duplicated.  limits of 4000
articles/group, and 80 chars in a Message-ID: header.  you must use
a unix-like find (such as `stuff' or `ufind') to handle many groups.

  (no longer updated -- uufree's rnews has built-in history)

nscu11 - by chorn@eastwind.mcds.com (Christopher Horn)
Runs through whole directory tree, good if you get lots of
dupes.  Also resequences articles, so that your users don't get
to see weird article number jumps.  NSCU compares CRC's and not
full Message-ID's, so should be faster than the others.

dupweed - by kjhoule@iowegia.uucp (Kevin Houle)
Provides approximately the same functionality as nscu, but
compares full Message-ID strings.  Limited to 750 articles per
newsgroup, and 40 subdirectories per directory.


5. alternate UUCICO transfer engines

fxuucico - by jorge@satlink.net (and formerly *@uufx.net...)
since no waffle version of uucico (including 1.65) can prevent
a determined person on the other end from reading files you
didn't allow them to, and this one does, it seems worth the
cash for all but the most trusting sites.  unfortunately, it
does not work with 1.64-compatible config files.  it does work
with a variety of config files, including 1.65-compatible ones.

maybe with some messing about, it will work with 1.64 as well,
but it's probably easier to either write 1.65-compatible ones or
write one of the simpler supported formats from scratch.

uu_waf - long ago, I found patches to uupc's UUCICO which handled
waffle-style filename munging instead of uupc-style.  it was
Andrew.McMillan@folly.welly.gen.nz -- I am verifying this address.


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