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This 13K program, sv-02, requires System 5 and the curses library. It will not run on a Macintosh, except perhaps under A/UX. Oguz Isikli, a graduate student at Bilkent University in Turkey, wrote the code. Oguz ported the parsing engine from Akif Eyler's Easy View, and Oguz based the user interface on the Unix Gopher client.

Oguz and Akif do not consider sv-02 complete, and are looking for comments, suggestions, and possibly source code contributions to the project.

Although anyone who knows enough about how to compile a program under Unix probably knows how to deal with uudecode, uncompress, tar, and so on, Akif provided the following instructions for defunking the file. Since the sumex moderators changed the name, you may wish to rename it to sv-02.tar.Z.uue before starting out.

Instructions for defunking:

uudecode sv-02.tar.Z.uue
uncompress sv-02.tar.Z
tar -xvf sv-02.tar
cd sv-0.2
sv tidbits-184.etx
-- Information from:
Akif Eyler -- eyler@trbilun.bitnet


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