The UNIX® CRONicle

November 1997

Official Publication of the STL!/unix/usr/group

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, November 8, 1997 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "String manipulation in vi" by Joe Bohnenstiehl
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 "UNIX Storage Management" by Charlie Cler, IBM


"UNIX Storage Management" by Charlie Cler, IBM

The growth of disk storage attached to servers has been growing at an explosive rate. Hardware selection, data protection, backup, and disaster recovery planning have become hot buttons for many systems administrators. Charlie will present issues which should be considered along with current and future storage management solutions to these challenges.

Charlie Cler is an RS/6000 Technical Specialist working for IBM in St. Louis, MO. He has a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, were he focused on computer aided design and manufacturing. After working as a manufacturing engineer for IBM in Boca Raton, Florida he relocated to St. Louis where he has been working with UNIX systems since 1989. Charlie currently helps customers design and implement commercial UNIX server solutions.


"String manipulation in vi" (Or ...are you an old dog?) by Joe Bohnenstiehl

From simple word replacement to advanced text manipulation, if you're using vi, this tutorial should be of interest. Yes freinds, we revisit that endless topic of which no one ever tires because everyone can always learn ... new tricks!

Joe is a Sr. Network Consultant for Williams Communication Group's Critical Technologies Consultants. He has worked with UNIX since 1984. He has been at MasterCard & Anheuser Busch in St. Louis. In 1995, he was one of the first two people brought in to build Concentric Network Corporation's (CNC) North American Network Control Center. CNC still utilizes Joe as a Network Management Specialist.

Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting November 12, 1996 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee November 18, 1996 at 6:00 PM

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

Linux SIG November 20, 1996 at 7:00 PM

Visit the Linux SIG home page ( for the latest meeting details.

CTI SIG November 5, 1996 at 6:30 PM
Interactive Intelligence

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.

(NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and attendees may not be able to enter.)

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)

Visit the Linux SIG home page ( for the latest meeting details.

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

For more information on SLUUGLS refer to the WWW home page for the group at or contact Matthew Feldt at

Computer Telephony Integration User's Group (SLUUG CiTI)

Interactive Intelligence To Appear At Next CTI User's Group

Interactive Intelligence recently released an "All in one communications server" that replaces the traditional PBX, ACD, IVR, Fax, Voice Mail, Web Chat, and does away with the need for the CTI gateway. This Java based single server application is changing the way companies communicate with their customers.

Paul Weber is the Central Area Director and will be presenting. Please feel free to do an on-line chat at their web site,

The Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) Users Group is a non-profit organization open to developers, end-users, sales people, and others who share the common interest of melding the telecommunications and computing worlds.

Next meeting date/time: Wednesday, November 5, 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)878-9855.

Digital Alpha SIG

The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at for more information.

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.

Keeping up with the Jones'

Many veteran SLUUGies may remember Janet Jones, former president of SLUUG and former newsletter editor. Well, Janet and her husband Rick have had their second baby; another son. Janet and the baby are doing fine.

Vital statistics:

The Jones' now live in Lexington Kentucy and can be reached at

St. Charles Computer Show

November 8-9, 1997

GIG-ANTIC ®Show and Sale -- COMPUTER CENTRAL - The Midwest's Oldest and Largest Multi-Vendor PC Show and Sale for Home and Business.

printersmonitorsdisk drives
gamessoftwareexpansion boards


Show Hours:



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

Borland will present JBuilder this month. Door prizes and JBuilder certificates will be handed out at the meeting. Here is a description from Borland:

JBuilder is the easiest visual development tool for creating Pure Java applets, applications, and JavaBeans. Simplify development with drag-and-drop, reusable JavaBeans, wizards, and the best selling tutorial book Teach Yourself JBuilder in 14 Days. Become instantly productive with the most integrated Java development environment, including visual designers, application browser, editor, debugger, and compiler. Simplify development and deployment with wizards. Create JavaBeans in record time with JavaBeans Express. And get full support for the latest Java standards - JDK 1.1, JavaBeans, JAR files, JNI, Inner Classes, and more.

Also at this meeting...

Free copies of a new magazine titled "Java Pro" will be handed out. We have forty copies -- first come, first serve!

Next meeting details:

  When:    Thursday, November 13, 1997, 6:30 PM
  Where:   Novell, Inc., 600 Emerson Road, Suite 203
  Topic:   Borland's JBuilder

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 User Interface Society

The next meeting of the St Louis User Interface Society will feature a presentation by Joe Grant, Usability Specialist, Tripos, Inc., titled "Designing for your Users on the Web."

When: Wednesday, November 5, 1997, 7:00 pm
Where: Tripos, Inc. 1699 S. Hanley Road, Suite 303

Anyone with an interest in creating better user interfaces is welcome and encouraged to attend. More information about this meeting, and about the society, is available at, or from Joe Grant (


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 Phone: (314)878-9855

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 deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next main meeting.


The St. Louis UNIX Users Group has a 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