FingerPost Program Documentation

The usual caveats hold true as to the precision of the documentation. Sometimes it will be slightly in front of the code, and at others the code will be ahead of the documentation. We will endeavour to keep them roughly in tandem.

The documentation is grouped as :

User Interface

program description
ip MUI - The Main User Interface (or MisUser Interface)
ipnt MUI - The Main User Interface (or MisUser Interface) for NT
ipresend Resend file from the Log files
peek Watch data arriving - Non-Destructive Line Monitor
ipmon Monitor incoming services
ipscan Monitor queues
ipsvce BUI - The Browser User Interface (for Netscape/IExplorer users)

Using FipSeq to extract and manage metadata

Link description
fipseq FipSeq for All !

Base System

program description
iproute Routing for incoming files
ipwheel Distribution
ipxchg Character Stripping and String Translation
ipspool Generic Input and/or Output spooler
ippost Postman for mail and other special traffic
ipprint Network printer and formatter
ippsc Simple PDF/PostScript formatter for printing
ipbatch File batcher
ipedsys Main PC and Mac file formatter
ipeddir Main PC and Mac directory formatter
ipkeyword Keyworder for incoming files (also see iproute)
iprobin Round-robin for file distribution like typeset and printers
ipsgml SGML &lt-&gt HTML &lt-&gt text convertor
iptimer Timer - run programs every few seconds
iptrigger Trigger program on new, change or delete of files
ipw4 W4 - Internet Wire Browser

Base System - Maintenance

program description
ipmaint Main Nightly maintenance
ipdelque Delete and purge of queues

Base System - Network>

program description
ipxnet Receive from Other Fips and Editorial systems
ip2net Send to Other Fips
ipredun Main redundancy program
ipbalan Balance Client
ipsvrd Balance Server
sffcheck Network Checker

Inbound Copy including Agency Reception

program description
wire Standard ANPA or IPTC text wires
vwire Variable, parameter-defined format wires
zwire Standard IATA (zczc) and AFX wires
pwire Precedent Character (like CCM) wires
ftpwire FTP wire (incoming server)
sftpwire SFTP wire - secure ftp (incoming server)
iimwire ANPA/IPTC binary format for mixed photo and text wires
moswire MOS Gateway
nitfwire XML/NewsML/NITF format text wires
nntpwire Get articles from an NNTP server
smtpwire Lightweight mail (SMTP) reader/receiver
imapwire IMAP mail reader
ampswire AMX / amps handler
lprwire LPR wire
ipdskwir ANPA/IPTC text disk files
tipwire Dutch IPTC text files using the TIP box
bkwire Broker wires - Reuters, Dow Jones, Knight-Ridder, WAVO
ipxbloom Download data from Bloomberg terminal -OLD
webwire Download data by Grabbing pages and RSS feeds from other Web Sites
ramswire Reuters RDF, AMS or SelectFeed Plus service
httpwire Simple HTTP server for uploading and downloading files.
ipsoap SOAP grabber
fixwire FIX and FIX/FAST encoded streams handler
nxwire BSW NX v4 feed handler


program description
ipbox MailBox - Cmd line - AAI replacement
ipzapbox Mailbox Maintenance
ipwires Wires for Mailbox
ipchkmail Process incoming InternetMail or W4 files from sffmail
ipsmtp Links to and from InternetMail - SMTP and POP3
ipserver Simple server for incoming files from remote users
ipsvrgtw MailBox server for J11 Gateway
ipsvrbox MailBox server for Word/Quark/QPS

Diagnostic programs

program description
ipdump Dump raw data from incoming feed in to file
ipbin Analyse file for binary characters and built XCHG
ipvi Editor/Maintain parameter files across several systems
ipsim Simulate incoming wire feeds
ipsimdmp Simulate incoming wire feeds
ipfox Test outgoing or printer lines
ipbod Convert Ascii files to/from Baudot
ipbincmp Compare 2 binary files
ipspider Maintain Spider terminal servers
iptstwir Test Wires

Connections to Content Management/Editorial/Advertising Systems

program description
ipout Ethernet/Rs232/v24 connection to Precedent chr-like lines
ipxv24 Rs232/v24 connection from Editorial Sysstems running SNDFIP
ipgtwy J11 Gateway connection
ipxgtw J11 Gateway connection
ipsndsnd J11 PCI-SNDSND connection
ipxbin Convert J11 Binary data to Ascii
ipxhypo Good News/Tera/Hyphen connection
ipeport SII EPORT connection
ipxrtf Convert from Microsoft RTF format
ip2db Connection to Generic/Prestige/Tera/Oracle/Sybase/SqlServer/Mysql/Dewar database
ipxdb Connection from Generic/Prestige/Tera/Oracle/Sybase/SqlServer/Mysql/Dewar database
ipxadora Connection from Adora
ipadorachk Rework Adora HiRes to OPI/PCI calls
ipxnued Connection from AFX Tagmaster database
ipxword Simple Conversion from Word or QPS Copy Desk
ipxmp MediaPlanner Paginator Parser
ipxmiles Miles AD ripper
ipmos MOS Processor
ip2life Life Copy Tasting
ipzapfsf maintenance for Life Copy Tasting
ipnotwir Lotus Notes uploader
ipsvrj11 Atex j11 access via web (!)
ipramstxt Reuters SelectFeed Plus text handler
ipramsflt Reuters SelectFeed Plus Filter
iprnsd LSE RNS driver
ipxrns LSE RNS distributor
ipicvd Thomson Global Topic driver
ipxicv Thomson Global Topic distributor

Data Formats and PostScript Driver

program description
formhelp Overview of Data Formats
form Form User Interface and Test enviornment (FUI)
ipformd Format daemon
ipformbl Binary file generator
ipformat Main data formatting program
ipformch Form Checker - Simple File Combiner/Tracker
ipfsel Selection list program
ipfchk Error Checked line rechecker
ipfprep Pre processor for Listing files etc
ipsetter PostScript Paginator

Statistics Module

program description
stats Overview of the Statistics Module
ip2syb Generic Sybase uploader
ipxsyb Generic Sybase downloader
ipora Generic Oracle/Mysql up/downloader
ipstatd Stats demon
ipskey Stats Key generator
ipstatsvr Stats Server

Dial Out, Retrieve and FTP

program description
ipdial Dial out and send files to remote systems
ipretrev Dial out and retreive files from remote systems
ipftp Send or retrieve files via FTP from remote systems

Broadcast, Remote Delivery and Syndication

program description
ipbdcast Variable format text broadcaster
ipbdiim IIM binary text/pix broadcaster
iphdrchk Check those headers outbound and fix/msg
ipdelay Delay copy being broiadcast to set times
ipselect Automatic selection of keyworded data for Custom feeds
iplookup Lookup tables for FipHdr fields

syn Syndication User Interface or chop-SUI
ipsynd Syn demon
ipsyn Main syndication transmission program

fipremote Remote Delivery Client (To client)
fipserver Remote Delivery Client (To server)
ipremdata Remote Delivery DataBase feeder
ipremsvr Remote Delivery Server
ipremadm Admin/Monitoring the Remote Delivery

Telex and Fax

program description
telex Telex
hansbck Telex Box setup
fax Fax


program description
iplib Text reformatter for download to Nexis, Profile, BRS, ReuterFile, QL, RadioSuisse etc
ipbrs2lib Convert BRS to Fip Library format
ipqps2lib Convert QPS TextPorter to Fip Library format
ipqtags Convert From Quark or XTags
ipedpg Convert and get Atex EdPage data for Fip Library format
ip2life Back End to Life Systems lovely Wire Taster
ipzapfsf Maintenance for Life Wire taster
ipmerc Send to Mercury EasyLink/NewsLink/M7500 type systems
ip2mid MidSystem Tracker interface
ip2pulse PCS Pulse interface
ippass TCP passthru program for testing
ipj11hdr Create a J11 Header

Production, Planning and Pairing

program description
ipp3adm P4 Administration
ipp3in P4 Input
ipp3dist P4 Distribution
ippdfglue PDF Glue/Stitcher
ipxpdf PDF Text Extractor

Sffs - useful sripting utilities

program description
sffui GUI - Generic Used Interface
sffaddview Create a BinHdr for a PostScript file
sffb64 Simple convertor into/outof base64
sffcat Cat plus Fortran line ends, CR converts and PC stops
sffdmp Dumper in Octal, Dec and Hex
sffdate Date manipulator
sffexec Program Starter for interactive programs like FTP
sfffmt Like format but can handle > 1024 chrs
sffhdr Mangle and Unmangle most sort of file headers
sffhmac Generate a HMAC key - md5, sha1, sha256 or sha512
sffiim Mangle and Unmangle IIM file attributes
sfflogon External Logon handling for ipbox and w4
sffmail SMTP agent and W4 remote copy in
sffmap Fast One-2-one chr mapping
sffmd5 md5 generator
sffmny Split file into many output files
sffoauth Transact with OAuth server such as Google
sffparse Test or output FipSeq !
sffpdfmark Put a FipHdr into PS file and Extract it from a PDF
sffport Simple file transfer to remote TCP connection
sffpshop Mangle Adobe Photoshop res fork
sffredbal Redun balance for scripts
sffrcp Light weight RCP sender
sffsftp Light weight SFTP sender
sffsmtp Light weight SMTP mail sender
sffsort Sort a file with a FipHdr on
sffspeedy Feeder to speedy Fip work Flow
sffspl Simple spooler
sffswap Simple string swapper
sffsvrd Remote ASP server
sfftail Tail a file
sfftag Get Data from a Single Tag field
sffutf8 Convert UTF8 2/From Unicode
sffuuid Generate a UUID
chktiff Check and display TIFF information
croptiff Crop and mangle TIFF file