The UNIX® CRONicle

August 1997

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, August 13, 1997 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "Setting up PPP" by Rich Seibel and Steve Pautz
7:00 PM Call For Help (An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)

7:15 PM Social, off-line conversations, & book sales

7:30 PM Presentation "High Availability UNIX" by Scott Smallie, PMSI


"High Availability UNIX" by Scott Smallie, PMSI

Scott Smallie has been managing networks and Unix workstations for over seven years. Scott is currently working for PMSI, a small local Information Systems firm, as a Systems Administrator/Engineer/Architect. Scott is familiar with a broad range of network topologies and many Unix variants including Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Linux.

Scott's current contract allows him to investigate and deploy HA (High Availability) solutions on multiple platforms for manufacturing and business applications.

You can reach Scott at


"Setting up PPP" by Rich Seibel and Steve Pautz

Rich and Steve will team up to talk about configuring PPP to run on Linux and Windows using the SLUUG BBS as a provider. The techniques can be applied to other service providers with appropriate modifications.

Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting August 13, 1996 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee August 19, 1996 at 6:00 PM

Daugherty Systems
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO

Linux SIG August 21, 1996 at 7:00 PM
Connecting to the Internet with Linux by Jerry Adlersfluegel

Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)
(Please note the location change!)

CTI SIG August 6, 1996 at 6:30 PM
"Movie Night" (manufacturer's videos) provided by Ed Mass

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044

Meeting Directions

The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester Blvd, just east of Hanley on Manchester.

Directions From Downtown

  1. Take 40 West to the Hanley exit.
  2. Turn left (south) onto Hanley.
  3. Turn left (east) onto Manchester, then turn right ASAP into the Sunnen Products driveway.

The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.

The SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUGLS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Indian Trails Public Library.

The SLUUG CTI SIG (SLUUG CiTI) meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Bridgeton Trails Public Library.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

As our membership grows, we have had some inquiries about the possibility of having Special Interest Groups in several areas. If you are interested in starting or participating in a SIG for System Administration, Networking, C, Object Oriented Programming, a specific vendor, etc., please call Dave Mills at 230-5151, extension 103, or contact any officer of the group.

St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG (SLUUGLS)

Connecting to the Internet with Linux by Jerry Adlersfluegel

Jerry Adlersfluegel, an Aerospace Engineering graduate of Parks College, will describe connecting to the Internet with Linux. Jerry has been using un*x since 1988 and has been acting as root since 1996. Jerry started using Linux in 1996 and has been webmaster for several companies since his first su. Jerry is currently writing web pages in an NT shop and satisfies his fix for Linux at home. Jerry's Linux configuration consists of a cheap, but nice, pc as his primary Linux box and a PowerMac dual-booting MkLinux.

Jerry will provide a real example of implementing a dial-on-demand internet connection. How to use the tools already installed with a 2.x system to cut down on telephone usage and never go superuser again just to check email. Don't tie up the phone for 39 days (for real!) just because you are too lazy to set it up right.

Additionally, find out how to use a single dialup account and modem to provide access for several computers at once. With IP Masquerading, an ISP will have no idea that there is more than one computer, and the other computers will have no idea they aren't really on the Internet (with some minor restrictions, of course, but even ping works!). It will work in any setting where only one IP address is available, but there are more computers than that.

Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)

From 170: Exit Page east to North-South Rd., go left on North-South Rd. to Midland,
go left on Midland one block to Delport, the Library is on your left
(see map at or contact Matthew Feldt at

Computer Telephony Integration User's Group (SLUUG CiTI)

"Movie Night" At Next Computer Telephony Integration Users Group

We have a number of manufacturer's videos available for our viewing pleasure. These videos come courtesy of Mr. Ed Mass, who is a frequent participant of our meetings. These videos demonstrate the latest CT developments by some of the largest Telephony manufacturers.

Some of the subjects to be shown include:

  1. Xantel talks about a Unified messaging system that they have developed.
  2. Nortel and a perspective on their product lines.
  3. Intel ProShare.

Note: If you plan on making our meeting and you have an interesting video to share, please bring it along and we will play as many as we can fit into the evening.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 6, 1997; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (approx)
Location: Bridgeton Trails Library (Rm #1) - 3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO (one block south of St. Charles Rock Road)
(see map at
Cost: None. New members welcomed monthly free of charge.
Note: All 1997 meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos at or (314)537-3959.

St. Louis UNIX Users Group Steering Committee

The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur. The guard can direct you to the meeting location. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to become more involved in the planning of SLUUG, feel free to join us at the next Steering Committee meeting. Meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours.


  • Analysts International
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Arbor Consulting
  • Ask/Ingress Software
  • AT&T Global Information Solutions
  • The Charron Law Firm
  • CIBER, Inc.
  • Computer Task Group
  • Cyborg Consulting Enterprise
  • Cypress Systems, Ltd.
  • Daugherty Systems
  • Ferguson Consulting, Inc.
  • Gundaker Realtors Better Homes & Gardens
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Informix Corporation
  • Lindenberg & Associates
  • Maryville Data Systems, Inc.
  • Mastercard International
  • Nascote Industries
  • O'Reilly & Associates
  • Pyramid Technology Corporation
  • Rave Computer
  • SEI
  • Shamrock Computer Resources Ltd.
  • Software Systems Specialists, Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Sunnen Products
  • Sybase
  • Unisys
  • Venmar Systems, Inc.
  • WTI Systems, Ltd.

For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner

SLUUG on the World Wide Web

The St. Louis UNIX Users Group maintains a WWW page at Visit us to learn more about who we are and what we do, visit other UNIX user groups' WWW pages, sign up for a SIG, or just to browse.


We publish other user group meeting schedules on a reciprocal basis. If you are a member of another non-profit group, please inform them of our policy and invite them to exchange meeting information with, or call any of the SLUUG officers.

St. Louis Java SIG

The next meeting of the St. Louis Java Special Interest Group (Java SIG) will feature a very special presentation by Vinay Murthy, a Senior Engineer with JavaSoft in Cupertino, CA. Mr. Murthy will discuss the "Java Server Toolkit" and "Servlets."

Next meeting details:

  When:    Thursday, August 14, 1997, 6:30 PM
  Where:   Novell, Inc., 600 Emerson Road, Suite 203
  Topic:   "Java Server Toolkit and Servlets" by Vinay Murthy,
           Senior Engineer, JavaSoft, Inc.

Be sure to visit the Java SIG's Web site at for the latest news about the Java SIG and an updated schedule of events. The Web site also includes presentation slides from previous meetings, a form for subscribing to the Java SIG mailing list, and a map to the meeting location. You may direct any questions about the Java SIG to

St. Louis Object Oriented SIG

    Topic: MFC (An overview of Microsoft Foundation Classes)
           by Jeff Heaton of Daugherty Systems
    When:  Thursday, August 21, 1997 4:30 - 6:30 pm
    Where: One CityPlace Auditorium (in Creve Coeur):
           I-270 to Olive, East on Olive to 3rd stop light,
           North on CityPlace (leads right into the building).

The St. Louis Object Oriented Special Interest Group (OOSIG) meets every second month (beginning in January), for presentations and discussions on topics of interest relating to the use, management, and business issues of Object Oriented Technology. There is no charge for attending these meetings and there are no membership fees. All are welcome to attend. However, reservations are requested and Emailed RSVP's are preferred.

Send email to or call Mike Taterka (314)344-5007.


Address Changes
and Membership
Klaus Mueller Home: +1 (573) 334-6477
331 S Spring Ave
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

BBS Questions Jim (Knight) Ford

Corporate Sponsors Ed Wehner

Editorial team:

Publisher: Sanjiv Bhatia Home: (314)519-9272
Work: (314)516-6520
FAX: (314)516-5400

Editor: Steve Totten Home: (618)931-0037

O'Reilly Books Fred Govier Work: (314)342-7846

Presentations Dave Dickerson

Steering Committee
Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644

SLUUG Treasurer Steve Pautz

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Computer Telephone
Integration (CTI)
Tony Zafiropoulos

Linux Matthew Feldt Home: (314)429-5433

Submitting Articles to the SLUUG CRONicle

If you would like to submit an article to the CRONicle of general interest to the members of the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, email it to


The St. Louis UNIX Users Group has a new P.O. box. All official correspondence with SLUUG should now be sent to:

    St. Louis UNIX Users Group
    P.O. Box 1184
    Fenton, MO  63026-1184