TIP(1) BSD General Commands Manual TIP(1)NAMEtip — connect to a remote system
SYNOPSIStip [-nv] [-speed] [system-name]
The tip utility establishes a full-duplex connection to another machine,
giving the appearance of being logged in directly on the remote CPU. It
goes without saying that you must have a login on the machine (or equiva‐
lent) to which you wish to connect.
The options are as follows:
-n No escape (disable tilde).
-v Set verbose mode.
If speed is specified, it will override any baudrate specified in the
system description being used.
If neither speed nor system-name are specified, system-name will be set
to the value of the HOST environment variable.
If speed is specified but system-name is not, system-name will be set to
a value of “tip” with speed appended. For example, tip-1200 will set
system-name to “tip1200”.
Typed characters are normally transmitted directly to the remote machine
(which does the echoing as well). A tilde (‘~’) appearing as the first
character of a line is an escape signal; the following are recognized:
~^D or ~.
Drop the connection and exit. Only the connection is dropped –
the login session is not terminated.
Change directory to name (no argument implies change to home
~! Escape to a shell (exiting the shell will return to tip).
~> Copy file from local to remote. The tip utility prompts for the
name of a local file to transmit.
~< Copy file from remote to local. The tip utility prompts first
for the name of the file to be sent, then for a command to be
executed on the remote machine.
~p from [to]
Send a file to a remote UNIX host. This command causes the
remote UNIX system to run the following command string, sending
it the from file:
stty -echo; cat > 'to'; stty echo
If the to file is not specified, the from file name is used.
This command is actually a UNIX specific version of the ~> com‐
~t from [to]
Take a file from a remote UNIX host. As in the ~p command, the
to file defaults to the from file name if it is not specified.
The remote host executes the following command string to send the
file to tip:
cat 'from'; echo '' | tr '\012' '\01'
~| Pipe the output from a remote command to a local UNIX process.
The command string sent to the local UNIX system is processed by
~$ Pipe the output from a local UNIX process to the remote host.
The command string sent to the local UNIX system is processed by
~C Fork a child process on the local system to perform special pro‐
tocols such as XMODEM. The child program will be run with the
following arrangement of file descriptors:
0 <-> remote tty in
1 <-> remote tty out
2 <-> local tty stderr
~# Send a BREAK to the remote system. For systems which do not sup‐
port the necessary ioctl() call, the break is simulated by a
sequence of line speed changes and DEL characters.
~s Set a variable (see the discussion below).
~v List all variables and their values (if set).
~^Z Stop tip (only available with job control).
~^Y Stop only the “local side” of tip (only available with job con‐
trol); the “remote side” of tip, the side that displays output
from the remote host, is left running.
~? Get a summary of the tilde escapes.
To find the system description, and thus the operating characteristics of
system-name, tip searches for a system description with a name identical
to system-name. The search order is as follows:
1. If the environment variable REMOTE does not start with a ‘/’
it is assumed to be a system description, and is considered
2. If the environment variable REMOTE begins with a ‘/’ it is
assumed to be a path to a remote(5) database, and the speci‐
fied database is searched.
3. The default remote(5) database, /etc/remote, is searched.
See remote(5) for full documentation on system descriptions.
The br capability is used in system descriptions to specify the baud rate
with which to establish a connection. If the value specified is not
suitable, the baud rate to be used may be given on the command line, e.g.
“tip -300 mds”.
When tip establishes a connection, it sends out the connection message
specified in the cm capability of the system description being used.
When tip prompts for an argument, for example during setup of a file
transfer, the line typed may be edited with the standard erase and kill
characters. A null line in response to a prompt, or an interrupt, will
abort the dialogue and return the user to the remote machine.
The tip utility guards against multiple users connecting to a remote sys‐
tem by opening modems and terminal lines with exclusive access, and by
honoring the locking protocol used by uucico(8) (ports/net/freebsd-uucp).
During file transfers tip provides a running count of the number of lines
transferred. When using the ~> and ~< commands, the eofread and eofwrite
variables are used to recognize end-of-file when reading, and specify
end-of-file when writing (see below). File transfers normally depend on
hardwareflow or tandem mode for flow control. If the remote system does
not support hardwareflow or tandem mode, echocheck may be set to indicate
that tip should synchronize with the remote system on the echo of each
When tip must dial a phone number to connect to a system, it will print
various messages indicating its actions. The tip utility supports a
variety of auto-call units and modems with the at capability in system
Support for Ventel 212+ (ventel), Hayes AT-style (hayes), USRobotics
Courier (courier), Telebit T3000 (t3000) and Racal-Vadic 831 (vadic)
units is enabled by default.
Support for Bizcomp 1031[fw] (biz31[fw]), Bizcomp 1022[fw] (biz22[fw]),
DEC DF0-AC (df0), DEC DN-11 (dn11) and Racal-Vadic 3451 (v3451)
units can be added by recompiling tip with the appropriate defines.
Note that if support for both the Racal-Vadic 831 and 3451 is enabled,
they are referred to as the v831 and v3451, respectively. If only one of
the two is supported, it is referred to as vadic.
The tip utility maintains a set of variables which control its operation.
Some of these variables are read-only to normal users (root is allowed to
change anything of interest). Variables may be displayed and set through
the ~s escape. The syntax for variables is patterned after vi(1) and
Mail(1). Supplying “all” as an argument to the set command displays all
variables readable by the user. Alternatively, the user may request dis‐
play of a particular variable by attaching a ‘?’ to the end. For exam‐
ple, “escape?” displays the current escape character.
Variables are numeric, string, character, or boolean values. Boolean
variables are set merely by specifying their name; they may be reset by
prepending a ‘!’ to the name. Other variable types are set by concate‐
nating an ‘=’ and the value. The entire assignment must not have any
blanks in it. A single set command may be used to interrogate as well as
set a number of variables. Variables may be initialized at run time by
placing set commands (without the ~s prefix) in the initialization file
~/.tiprc; the -v option additionally causes tip to display the sets as
they are made. Certain common variables have abbreviations. The follow‐
ing is a list of common variables, their abbreviations, and their default
(num) The baud rate at which the connection was established;
(bool) Discard unprintable characters when a session is being
scripted; abbreviated be.
(num) When dialing a phone number, the time (in seconds) to wait
for a connection to be established; abbreviated dial.
(bool) Synchronize with the remote host during file transfer by
waiting for the echo of the last character transmitted; default
(str) The set of characters which signify an end-of-transmission
during a ~< file transfer command; abbreviated eofr.
(str) The string sent to indicate end-of-transmission during a ~>
file transfer command; abbreviated eofw.
eol (str) The set of characters which indicate an end-of-line. The
tip utility will recognize escape characters only after an end-
escape (char) The command prefix (escape) character; abbreviated es;
default value is ‘~’.
(str) The set of characters which should not be discarded due to
the beautification switch; abbreviated ex; default value is
force (char) The character used to force literal data transmission;
abbreviated fo; default value is ‘^P’.
(num) The amount of data (in bytes) to buffer between file system
writes when receiving files; abbreviated fr.
(bool) Whether hardware flow control (CRTSCTS) is enabled for the
connection; abbreviated hf; default value is off.
host (str) The name of the host to which you are connected; abbrevi‐
(num) The line discipline to use; abbreviated ld.
prompt (char) The character which indicates an end-of-line on the remote
host; abbreviated pr; default value is ‘\n’. This value is used
to synchronize during data transfers. The count of lines trans‐
ferred during a file transfer command is based on receipt of this
raise (bool) Upper case mapping mode; abbreviated ra; default value is
off. When this mode is enabled, all lowercase letters will be
mapped to uppercase by tip for transmission to the remote
(char) The input character used to toggle uppercase mapping mode;
abbreviated rc; not set by default.
record (str) The name of the file in which a session script is recorded;
abbreviated rec; default value is tip.record.
script (bool) Session scripting mode; abbreviated sc; default is off.
When script is true, tip will record everything transmitted by
the remote machine in the script record file specified in record.
If the beautify switch is on, only printable ASCII characters
will be included in the script file (those characters between 040
and 0177). The variable exceptions is used to indicate charac‐
ters which are an exception to the normal beautification rules.
(bool) Expand tabs to spaces during file transfers; abbreviated
tab; default value is false. Each tab is expanded to 8 spaces.
tandem (bool) Use XON/XOFF flow control to throttle data from the remote
host; abbreviated ta. The default value is true unless the nt
capability has been specified in /etc/remote, in which case the
default value is false.
(bool) Verbose mode; abbreviated verb; default is true. When
verbose mode is enabled, tip prints messages while dialing, shows
the current number of lines transferred during a file transfer
operations, and more.
HOME The home directory to use for the ~c command.
HOST The default value for system-name if none is specified via the
PHONES A path to a phones(5) database.
REMOTE A system description, or an absolute path to a remote(5) system
SHELL The name of the shell to use for the ~! command; default value is
~/.tiprc initialization file
tip.record record file
/etc/phones default phones(5) file
/etc/remote global remote(5) database
/var/log/aculog line access log
/var/spool/lock/LCK..* lock file to avoid conflicts with uucp(1)
SEE ALSOcu(1), phones(5), remote(5)HISTORY
The tip command appeared in 4.2BSD.
The full set of variables is undocumented and should, probably, be pared
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