The UNIX® CRONicle

March 1998

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "TBD"
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 "Revision Control System (RCS)" by Sanjiv Bhatia, Associate Professor, UMSL Department of Mathematics & Computer Science


"Revision Control System (RCS)" by Sanjiv Bhatia, Associate Professor, UMSL Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

RCS is a public domain tool for project management, specifically version control. It provides the ability to group files by revision (or snapshot). With RCS, the project team gets the support for concurrent development -- an important feature not available in UNIX. It allows for the rebuild of different revisions of a software project. Such rebuilds are important due to the fact that some clients may not upgrade to the most recent release of the software and still may require technical support for the older versions of the software.

In this presentation, you will learn how to use RCS for software development and other activities (such as documentation) where you may need to save older revisions.

Sanjiv Bhatia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln. He has been working in UNIX for more than ten years now, and is generally a UNIX NUT.



Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting March 11, 1998 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee March 17, 1998 at 6:00 PM

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

Linux SIG March 19, 1998 at 7:00 PM

Details coming soon...
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)

CTI SIG March 4, 1998 at 6:30 PM

"Experience with IVR" by Steve Meier, Innovative Communications
Bridgeton Trails Library - 3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO
(one block south of St. Charles Rock Road)

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)

Presentation: Details coming soon...

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)

CTI User Group Member Steve Meier to Discuss His Experience with IVR

The March meeting will have guest speaker Steve Meier, who has been involved with IVR for the last 5 years. He has worked with several different application generators and has had the privilege of working for large companies as well as on his own. He will talk mostly about the applications developed and how companies are using IVR and CTI today.

Steve Meier has been around the industry since 1992. He owns and operates Innovative Communications. He has written IVR programs for Merrill Lynch, The Washington Post, Seimens Rolm, Michigan Consolidated Gas, Chevron and Union Electric. Applications include, Benefits Enrollment, Job Posting, Online 401k Plans, Auto-Attendants, Police and Fire reporting system and Outage reporting systems.

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, March 4, 1998; 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.

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.


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

Next meeting details:

  When:     Thursday, March 12, 1998, 6:30 PM
  Where:    Novell, Inc., 600 Emerson Road, Suite 203
  Speaker:  Dwight Huddleston of Object Design

Dwight Huddleston of Object Design will be our featured presenter. More details will follow soon.

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 Chapter, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The Saint Louis Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
invites you to a discussion of:

Looking At Computer Technology For The Next Decade
by Dr. Barry Flachsbart, Union Pacific Technologies

When: Monday, March 9, 1998 Social & Dinner: 5:45 PM. Program: 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Where: Grones Cafeteria: 4409 Woodson Rd, 423-7880

Abstract: Although we often can't be very sure about where computer technology is going in the next few months, there are some surprisingly constant long-term trends that make a 10 year look not totally silly!

This grew out of a paper prepared for internal strategic planning at Union Pacific, where a snapshot of technology trends over the next decade were desired. The presentation will deal with computer power, bandwidth, access to computing capability, collaboration, object-oriented trends, artificial intelligence ("intelligent systems," in more recent terminology), data mining, multimedia, identification of everything, storage requirements, wearable devices, voice recognition, virtual reality, internet/intranet, and, of course, mainframes. With all those topics, some part of the discussion is sure to agree with your views -- it's hoped that some significant interaction with the audience will take place!

Biography: Dr. Barry Flachsbart is Director, Emerging Technologies, for Union Pacific Technologies. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Rolla's Engineering Education Center here in St. Louis. Prior to joining Union Pacific, he was with McDonnell Douglas, in the Information Systems Group (Advanced Technologies), the Research Laboratories (the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Laboratory, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research), and numerous other jobs.

Barry holds a B. S. degree from St. Louis University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University (a long time ago).

St. Louis User Interface Society

When: Wednesday, March 4, 1998, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Maritz, at 270 and 44. Detailed directions will be posted at the web site.

Organizational Meeting and Intranet Design Workshop

The Intranet Design Workshop will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to practice user-centered design techniques, particularly paper prototyping, in creating web pages for an intranet site.

The workshop begins sharply at 7:15 p.m. A number of people have replied and we expect a very good turnout. In order to prepare the logistics and prototyping supplies adequately, please be sure to contact me as soon as possible if you haven't yet but plan to participate.

The Organizational Meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., includes consideration of establishing ourselves as an official ACM/SIGCHI chapter.

Please consult the St. Louis User Interface Society web site for the latest and most recent meeting information, including the agenda and detailed directions to the March meeting.


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