fipremote This is the background server running on the client's site used to access data from a Fip Remote Server. It reads a parameter file called "REMOTE.FIP". This contains enough information to connect to - or be connected from - the remote host. ------------------------------------------------ Syntax of the parameter file is : ; comment --------- For the Connection to the Remote Server.... delivery-method:broadcast (one-way), server (logon/password protected) default is server If using broadcast, you MUST specify an end-of-message string connection-started-by:client or server Who makes the initial call - client connecting to the server or vice versa default is server If the delivery method is 'server', we need a port on this machine (and optionally a alternate hostname for multi-ip addressed boxes where the boot address is NOT the one we want to use - this is relevant for clusters and other HACMP type boxes where IPaddresses switch) port: port on this box to use default: 9123 You MUST make sure this port is NOT used by any other program. On UNIX, /etc/services holds the list of reserved ports host: hostname or IPaddress to use default: boot hostname If the delivery method is 'client'm we need a hostname AND a port on the remote server. An alternate or failver host and/or port can also be specified. host: hostname of the remote server no default port: port of the remote server no default host2: hostname of an optional alternate remote server. no default port2: port of the alternate remote server no default http-proxy-host: Hostname of Proxy HTTP server. default: direct connection http-proxy-port: Port Number of Proxy server. default: direct connection proxy-is-squid: (yes/no) Use squid style HTTP syntax for traversing a squid-like proxy server default: no http-proxy-logon: This is the logon and password to get thru the firewall if required. The format is (logon) (colon) (password) and is converted to base 64. http-proxy-logon:Y2hyaXMuaHVnaGpvbmVzOnBhbnRoZXIK= To generate (use 'type' on Winnt and just 'echo' for other Unix) : echo -n "logon:password" | sffb64 -i eg echo -n "chris:sleekpanther" | sffb64 -i gives Y2hyaXM6c2xlZWtwYW50aGVy http-proxy-logon:Y2hyaXM6c2xlZWtwYW50aGVy= http-header: Extra header information in FipSeq eg http-header:Accept: *|*\r\nUser-Agent: FipServer\r\n --------- Other parameters log-level: (0-99) Add information to the log file /fip/log/ALL default is to log only failures and errors. level 0 .. and Stop and Start level 3 .. and Connections, Disconnections level 6 .. and log each incoming file level 12 .. and log each Reply and Heartbeat log-every: (secs) Number of seconds between messages if the remote (or local relay) is down. default is 60 secs. timing-stats:yes Log timing stats default: no --------- For the Data on the local system.... local-delivery-method:(file, relay, passive-port, serial-line) file - leave the files in a folder on this system Other parameters for this option include : data-path: (optional) filename: (optional) relay - open a TCP raw socket to another host/port and stuff the data down. Other parameters for this option include : relay-host: (mandatory) relay-port: (optional) passive-port - wait for a connection on a TCP port for another host to connect to and then stuff the data down. Other parameters for this option include : passive-port: (mandatory) passive-host: (optional) You can test this option using a telnet on your PC/Mac/Sparc/Linux to this passive-host/port. serial-line: send all to a com port or tty port Other parameters for this option include : For Winnt serial-line:\\.\com3 For Unix serial-line:/dev/ttyh0 This also needs a parameter file in /fip/tables/stty to setup the Com port. For WinNT/2k this is MODE_(logon)_(COMMPORT) eg MODE_AGENCY1_COM3.fip Note that NT/2000 com ports need pin DSR raised high by the cable. For Unix this is STTY_(logon)_(TTYPORT) eg STTY_AGENCY1_TTYA0 In the case of NO logon the file is MODE_NONAME_COM3.fip keep-local-connection:Normally if there is nothing to send, the connection to the local output device is dropped (to allow another program to connect perhaps). This flag states that this copy of the program has full-use of the device - so keep the connection alive. keep-local-connection: will leave the connection open keep-local-connection:no will disconnect keep-local-connection:yes will leave the connection open poll-remote-server:Normally the connection to the remote server is kept open. Use this parameter for those connections which share a server and to state the number of seconds between attempts. If specified, the minimum is 30 secs. poll-remote-server:60 will reconnect every 60 secs poll-remote-server:0 will leave the connection open data-path: Path name for Folder/Directory where all the data files should be stored default is the path 'fipremote' was started from; unless it was '/' in which case the path is /fip/spool/xremote. filename: (new name) default: \SN Use FipSeq to change the filename of the incoming files \SN represents the existing filename which is the Service Designator and itemNumber eg filename:\SN.bag will add a '.bag' extention to the filename passive-host: Hostname for this machine if not the boot address. Use this for servers with more than one network card or IP address and you need to sit on a particular address only. passive-port: Port number on this server relay-host: Hostname of another server that we will forward the data to relay-port: Port number on the other (forwarded-to or relayed-to) server. add-fiphdr: (yes/no) Add a FipHdr on the incoming file default: no extra-fiphdr: Extra FipHdr information which can be added to the incoming file or used for the filename default: none archive: (yes/no) Add the ZI: Fiphdr to the incoming file default: yes This option only takes effect if 'add-fiphdr:yes' is also selected --------- General Parameters to be set the same as the remote server. no-logon-required: Trusted connection default: logon/pwd required allow a connection WITHOUT a logon/password logon: logon to use to connect no default password: password to use to connect no default encrypt-size: (number) encrypt-string: (FipSeq string of encrypt-size) These state a length and string to map to the data. They MUST be exactly the same as the Remote system. check-md5-signature: Check the MD5 signature of the incoming file. The file is logged if in error decrypt-script: External script to decrypt or uncompress the data. This option is only valid for 'local-delivery-method:file' There is one and only one parameter to this script which is the name of the file to decrypt and in which the new contents will be stuffed. decrtpy-script:/fip/local/remote_unpgp end-of-message: For Broadcast deliveries, this specifies the string which defines the end of each file. Eg for ANPA-1312 or IPTC-7901 end-of-message:\004 for a tagged format like NewsML end-of-message:</NewsML> default:\004 Ths string is case-insensitive. --------- Running redundant fipremote on two Fip systems check-primary-server: pseudo-host name that is specified in tables/sys/DEST_REDUN that is used whether the current host should be getting the files or not. ie check-primary-server:remotewire and in the DEST_REDUN is ; psuedohost primary secondary remotewire fip1 fip2 Then if fip1 is up, the fipremote on fip1 will always get while on fip2 it will just check/loop. if fip1 is down, the 'fipremote' on fip2 will start getting. Input switches are (all optional) : -install : install the program default: no (For WIN2K, this installs FipRemote as a Service) -I : WIN2K installation only - Disk Drive to use eg fipremote -install -Ie default default drive -D : display state for debugging default: no logging -remove : remove the program default: no (For WIN2K, this removes FipRemote as a Service) -S : Step through the files default: no This prompts after each file has been received. Use this for debugging only! -T : write audits to log/remote_trace file default: no -z : Name of Parameter file default: REMOTE.FIP -W : do NOT run as a WIN2K Service default: do for WIN2K Use this parameter if running from a Command Window -v : print version number and quit default: no ------------------------------------------------------------ Installation ------------ 0. First the disclaimer... 'fipremote' and any associated files are supplied at no charge with the previso that they remain Copyright FingerPost and there is absolutely no support/warranty/guarantee implied what so ever. The Source is not available for general use but in every other case the Gnu GPL licence holds. Having said that, all bugs/wishes may be emailed to FingerPost and will be gratefully received. 1. Download the relevant files for your system from the Fip Web Site : Note that some old versions of NetScape cannot download binary files. Check this documentation at http://www.fingerpost.co.uk/progs/fipremote.html for any site specific settings you might need. UNIX i. program ii. sample REMOTE.FIP parameter file iii. S99fipremote WIN2K i. program.exe ii. sample REMOTE.FIP parameter file iii. note that it is generally safe to map the '.fip' extension to be opened by 'NOTEPAD' (or 'WORDPAD' but watch out for file locking). 2. On your server, decide : UNIX - which partition do you want the data files which logon do you want the files to have for permissions WIN2K - which drive to have the data files. Note that 'fipremote' will make a top folder '/fip' on the drive you choose, plus a couple of sub-folders. The total disk space used should be under 5 mb even during running. 3. To install the program the first time. If '/fip' or '/fip/bin/fipremote' does NOT exist UNIX open a telnet/Xterm window cd (folder-you-have-downloaded-too) mv fipremote.(full-download-name) fipremote chmod 700 fipremote ./fipremote -install WIN2K open a 'command' window cd (folder-you-have-downloaded-too) either fipremote -install or fipremote -install -Ix where x is a drive letter The install process will automatically make folders : /fip /fip/bin you need to copy the 'fipremote' program here. /fip/x (temporary files folder) /fip/fix (system files folder) /fip/log A log file called ALL and REMOTE.STATUS.FIP /fip/tables/remote please copy REMOTE.FIP in here. /fip/spool/xremote default folder for data files. In the current version you will need to manually copy - 'fipremote' program to /fip/bin 'REMOTE.FIP' parameter file to /fip/tables/remote For WIN2K you can either run 'fipremote' as a service' - run 'fipremote -install' a second time to make sure you have everything matched up. or run it manually on logon - in Explorer, make a ShortCut from /fip/bin/fipremote to 'Start Menu', if required. 'fipremote' stops at the end of the install and does NOT go on-line. ***** do NOT start the WIN2K Service or start 'fipremote' manually .. ***** UNTIL you have checked the REMOTE.FIP file. 4. Modify the REMOTE.FIP parameter file. 'fipremote' expects this file to be in /fip/tables/remote Please change those parameters as per the Suppliers email/fax. WIN2K - if using WORDPAD or someother Word Processor, please store the file as MSDOS text and NOT WORD or RTF or any other format. WIN2K - please make sure that the file does NOT have a '.txt' extention on. The filename MUST be 'REMOTE.FIP' UNIX - please make sure the file name is UPPERCASE. The filename MUST be 'REMOTE.FIP' 5. Do you have to do something to your FireWall ? The System which starts the connection MUST be able to 'see' the other. If the Supplier's system starts and your (the Client's) system is behind a Firewall you MUST punch a hole through for TCP at the port number given to your IPaddress. If you (the Client) start, check you can get out of your own site first ! Or there is a hole already through for Browsers - like IExplorer and NetScape (see below) Often the bastard in charge of the Firewall has blocked all outgoing TCP ports except for a couple of well-known types like HTTP. To check, use 'telnet' to manually connect to the remote systeM : telnet suppliers-ip-address supplier-portno eg telnet www.fingerpost.co.uk 9012 You should get the characters '#%#%#%#' back. Stop the 'telnet' connection before you start 'fipremote' as ONLY one connection is allowed at any one time. If your only choice is using the Proxy Server for Browsers - like IExplorer and NetScape. You can look in 'Preferences' or 'Options' on the browser menu. and plug in same values into the REMOTE.FIP file using the 'http-proxy-host etc as described above. 6. Set the startup automatically (Unix/Linux only) - The startup script is S99fipremote - copy this (as root) : cp S99fipremote /etc/init.d/fipremote - then link it to the run level : ln -s /etc/init.d/fipremote /etc/rc2.d/S99fipremote (note in some versions of Linux, the link should be in /etc/rc3.d not rc2.d) (Win2K) - Go into ControlPanel->AdministrativeTasks->Services or ControlPanel->Services on older boxes - Open for 'FipRemote' - Set to run Automatically (and run if not already running) - Close and exit 7. Run it up ! The first time, for testing, you can run manually with the '-D' input switch to display what state the connection is at any point. 8. Good Luck ! 9. Status and Stats Note that Current Status is held in /fip/log/REMOTE. The actual file contains a number of lines, starting with a key. The Keys are : DAY - Current day of the year TRYCON - Logon attempts LOGON - Logons FILE - info about the number of files KALIVE - keep alives ERROR - last error message The file is visable/readable by 'NOTEPAD' or 'more' (please do NOT use 'WORDPAD' or any other editor which may lock the file and prevent it being updated). The actual Fields are pipe delimited : (Key) time of last entry total total since last logon total since midnight others Other Issues ------------ You may wish to trim/delete/process the Log file, /fip/log/ALL from time-to-time! This should be a nighlty/weekly/yearly maintenance task. The file is an ordinary text file and can be copied, deleted, moved etc The temporary system files area, /fip/x, should also be cleaned occasionally of any old files. Removing 'fipremote' -------------------- If it is the only FIP program running, just kill the program and zap the /fip folder. Take out any ShortCuts etc. For WIN2K, you MUST restop and remove the Service first though : c>fipremote -remove Release Notes for version 01c ----------------------------- WIN2K - running 'fipremote' as a Service is now available. It may be started by a specific logon by placing a ShortCut in the 'Winnt/Profiles/(Logon)/Start Menu'. WIN2K - able to specify drive. Pls run the Install from the drive you want it to run AND use the '-I' switch (capital eye) to denote the actual drive letter. ----------------------------- Version Control ;2e17 12dec07 mods for server version ;e2-4 redunBalanced ;7 for replysent bugette ;8-12 added add-fiphdr and extra-fiphdr and timings ;13-16 added remote_trace and -T ;16 add <LOG> ;001y2 22feb01 added no-logon-required ;a/b/c 20mar01 added http-proxy-logon ;d/e/f/g 22jun01 WIN2K Service and allow local ports ;h/j 17sep01 added TTY as a local port ;k/l 16nov01added logging ;m/n 25feb02 if WIN2K and TTY for local port, do NOT close. ;o 22may03 added primary/secondary ;p 26jul03 added logging with host and port ;q 20dec03 cleanup broadcast ;r-s 24feb04 added poll-remote-server ;t 01aug04 bugette in localSock ;u 15aug04 added decrypt-script and check-md5-signature ;v-y2 13jan05 better logging (copyright) 2021 and previous years FingerPost Ltd.