SZ(1)                                                       SZ(1)

       sx, sb, sz - XMODEM, YMODEM, ZMODEM file send

       sz [-+8abdefkLlNnopqTtuvyY] file ...
       sb [-adfkqtuv] file ...
       sx [-akqtuv] file
       sz [-oqtv] -c COMMAND
       sz [-oqtv] -i COMMAND
       sz -TT

       Sz uses the ZMODEM, YMODEM or XMODEM error correcting pro-
       tocol to send one or more files over a dial-in serial port
       to a variety of programs running under PC-DOS, CP/M, Unix,
       VMS, and other operating systems.

       While rz is smart enough to be called from cu(1), very few
       versions  of  cu(1)  are  smart enough to allow sz to work
       properly.  Unix flavors of Professional-YAM are  available
       for such dial-out application.

       Sz sends one or more files with ZMODEM protocol.

       ZMODEM  greatly simplifies file transfers compared to XMO-
       DEM.  In addition to a  friendly  user  interface,  ZMODEM
       provides  Personal  Computer and other users an efficient,
       accurate, and robust file transfer method.

       ZMODEM provides complete END-TO-END data integrity between
       application  programs.  ZMODEM's 32 bit CRC catches errors
       that sneak into even the most advanced networks.

       Advanced file  management  features  include  AutoDownload
       (Automatic  file Download initiated without user interven-
       tion), Display of individual and total  file  lengths  and
       transmission  time  estimates,  Crash  Recovery, selective
       file transfers, and preservation of exact  file  date  and

       Output  from another program may be piped to sz for trans-
       mission by denoting standard input with "-":
                              ls -l | sz -
       The  program  output  is  transmitted  with  the  filename where PID is the process ID of the sz program.  If
       the environment  variable  ONAME  is  set,  that  is  used
       instead.  In this case, the Unix command:
                       ls -l | ONAME=con sz -ay -
       will  send a "file" to the PC-DOS console display.  The -y
       option instructs the receiver to open the file for writing
       unconditionally.   The  -a  option  causes the receiver to
       convert Unix newlines to PC-DOS carriage returns and line-

       Sb  batch  sends  one  or more files with YMODEM or ZMODEM
       protocol.  The initial ZMODEM initialization is not  sent.
       When  requested by the receiver, sb supports YMODEM-g with
       "cbreak" tty mode, XON/XOFF flow  control,  and  interrupt
       character  set  to CAN (^X).  YMODEM-g (Professional-YAM g
       option) increases  throughput  over  error  free  channels
       (direct connection, X.PC, etc.)  by not acknowledging each
       transmitted sector.

       On Unix systems, additional information about the file  is
       transmitted.   If the receiving program uses this informa-
       tion, the transmitted file length controls the exact  num-
       ber of bytes written to the output dataset, and the modify
       time and file mode are set accordingly.

       Sx sends a single file with XMODEM or  XMODEM-1k  protocol
       (sometimes  incorrectly  called  "ymodem").  The user must
       supply the file name to both sending  and  receiving  pro-

       If  sz  is  invoked  with $SHELL set and iff that variable
       contains the  string  rsh  ,  rbash  or  rksh  (restricted
       shell),  sz  operates in restricted mode.  Restricted mode
       restricts pathnames to the current  directory  and  PUBDIR
       (usually   /usr/spool/uucppublic)   and/or  subdirectories

       The fourth  form  sends  a  single  COMMAND  to  a  ZMODEM
       receiver  for execution.  Sz exits with the COMMAND return
       value.  If COMMAND includes spaces or  characters  special
       to the shell, it must be quoted.

       The fifth form sends a single COMMAND to a ZMODEM receiver
       for execution.  Sz exits as soon as the receiver has  cor-
       rectly received the command, before it is executed.

       The  sixth  form  (sz -TT) attempts to output all 256 code
       combinations to the terminal.  In you  are  having  diffi-
       culty sending files, this command lets you see which char-
       acter codes are being eaten by the operating system.

       If sz is invoked  with  stdout  and  stderr  to  different
       datasets,  Verbose  is  set  to  2, causing frame by frame
       progress reports to stderr.  This may be disabled with the
       q option.

       The meanings of the available options are:

       -+, --append
              Instruct the receiver to append transmitted data to
              an existing file (ZMODEM only).
       -2, --twostop
              use two stop bits (if possible). Do  not  use  this
              unless you know what you are doing.
       -8, --try-8k
              Try to go up to 8KB blocksize. This is incompatible
              with standard zmodem, but a common extension in the
              bbs world. (ZMODEM only).
              Start with 8KB blocksize. Like --try-8k.
       -a, --ascii
              Convert  NL  characters  in the transmitted file to
              CR/LF.  This is done by the sender for  XMODEM  and
              YMODEM, by the receiver for ZMODEM.
       -b, --binary
              (ZMODEM) Binary override: transfer file without any
       -B NUMBER, --bufsize NUMBER
              Use a  readbuffer  of  NUMBER  bytes.  Default  ist
              16384,  which should be enough for most situations.
              If you have a slow machine or a bad disk  interface
              or  suffer  from  other hardware problems you might
              want to increase the buffersize.  -1 or auto use  a
              buffer  large  enough  to buffer the whole file. Be
              careful with this  option  -  things  normally  get
              worse, not better, if the machine starts to swap.

              Using  this  option  turns of memory mapping of the
              input file. This increases memory and cpu usage.
       -c COMMAND, --command COMMAND
              Send COMMAND to the receiver for execution,  return
              with COMMAND's exit status.
       -C N, --command-tries N
              Retry to send command N times (default: 11).
       -d, --dot-to-slash
              Change all instances of "." to "/" in the transmit-
              ted pathname.  Thus, C.omenB0000  (which  is  unac-
              ceptable  to  MSDOS  or  CP/M)  is  transmitted  as
              C/omenB0000.  If the resultant  filename  has  more
              than 8 characters in the stem, a "." is inserted to
              allow a total of eleven.

              This option enables the --full-path option.
       --delay-startup N
              Wait N seconds before doing anything.
       -e, --escape
              Escape all control characters; normally XON,  XOFF,
              DLE, CR-@-CR, and Ctrl-X are escaped.
       Force the sender to rename the new file if a file with the
              name already exists.
       -f, --full-path
              Send Full pathname.   Normally  directory  prefixes
              are stripped from the transmitted filename.

              This  is  also  turned  on  with  to --dot-to-slash
       -h, --help
              give help.
       -i COMMAND, --immediate-command COMMAND
              Send COMMAND to the receiver for execution,  return
              immediately upon the receiving program's successful
              recption of the command.
       -k, --1k
              (XMODEM/YMODEM) Send files using 1024  byte  blocks
              rather than the default 128 byte blocks.  1024 byte
              packets speed file transfers  at  high  bit  rates.
              (ZMODEM  streams  the  data  for  the best possible
       -L N, --packetlen N
              Use ZMODEM sub-packets of length N.  A larger N (32
              <=  N  <= 1024) gives slightly higher throughput, a
              smaller N speeds error recovery.   The  default  is
              128  below  300  baud,  256 above 300 baud, or 1024
              above 2400 baud.
       -m N, --min-bps N
              Stop transmission if BPS-Rate  (Bytes  Per  Second)
              falls  below  N  for a certain time (see --min-bps-
              time option).
       -M N, --min-bps-time
              Used together with --min-bps. Default is 120  (sec-
       -l N, --framelen N
              Wait  for  the receiver to acknowledge correct data
              every N (32 <= N <= 1024) characters.  This may  be
              used  to  avoid network overrun when XOFF flow con-
              trol is lacking.
       -n, --newer
              (ZMODEM) Send each file if  destination  file  does
              not  exist.   Overwrite  destination file if source
              file is newer than the destination file.
       -N, --newer-or-longer
              (ZMODEM) Send each file if  destination  file  does
              not  exist.   Overwrite  destination file if source
              file is newer or longer than the destination  file.
       -o, --16-bit-crc
              (ZMODEM) Disable automatic selection of 32 bit CRC.
       -O, --disable-timeouts
              Disable read timeout handling. This makes lsz  hang
              if  the  other  side  doesn't  send  anything,  but
              increases performance (not much) and decreases sys-
              tem  load  (reduces number of system calls by about
              50 percent).

              Use this option with care.
       -p, --protect
              (ZMODEM)  Protect  existing  destination  files  by
              skipping transfer if the destination file exists.
       -q, --quiet
              Quiet suppresses verbosity.
       -R, --restricted
              Restricted mode: restricts pathnames to the current
              directory and PUBDIR  (usually  /usr/spool/uucppub-
              lic) and/or subdirectories thereof.
       -r, --resume
              (ZMODEM)  Resume interrupted file transfer.  If the
              source file is longer than  the  destination  file,
              the  transfer commences at the offset in the source
              file that equals  the  length  of  the  destination
       -s HH:MM, --stop-at HH:MM
              Stop  transmission at HH hours, MM minutes. Another
              variant, using +N instead of HH:MM, stops transmis-
              sion in N seconds.
       -S, --timesync
              enable  timesync protocol support. See timesync.doc
              for further information.

              This option is incompatible with  standard  zmodem.
              Use it with care.
              turn  syslogging  on  or off. the default is set at
              configure time.  This option is ignored if no  sys-
              log support is compiled in.
       -t TIM, --timeout TIM
              Change timeout to TIM tenths of seconds.
       -T, --turbo
              Do  not  escape  certain  characters  (^P, ^P|0x80,
              telenet escape sequence [CR +  @]).  This  improves
              performance  by  about 1 percent and shouldn't hurt
              in the normal case (but be careful -  ^P  might  be
              useful if connected through a terminal server).
       --tcp  Try  to  initiate a TCP/IP connection. lsz will ask
              the receiving zmodem to open a  TCP/IP  connection.
              All  handshaking (which address / port to use) will
              be done by the zmodem programs.

              You will normally not want to use  this  option  as
              lrzsz  is the only zmodem which understands what to
              do (private extension). You might want to use  this
              option   if   the   two   programs   are  connected
              (stdin/out) over a slow or  bad  (not  8bit  clean)
              network connection.

              Use  of  this option imposes a security risk, some-
              body else could connect to the port in between. See
              SECURITY for details.
       --tcp-client ADDRESS:PORT
              Act  as a tcp/ip client: Connect to the given port.

              See --tcp-server for more information.

              Act as a server: Open a socket, print out  what  to
              do, wait for connection.

              You  will  normally  not want to use this option as
              lrzsz is the only zmodem which understands what  to
              do  (private extension). You might want to use this
              if you have to use zmodem (for which  reason  what-
              ever), and cannot use the --tcp option of lsz (per-
              haps because your telnet doesn't allow to  spawn  a
              local  program  with  stdin/stdout connected to the
              remote side).

              If you use this option you have to start  lsz  with
              the  --tcp-client  ADDRESS:PORT  option.   lrz will
              print the address and port on startup.

              Use of this option imposes a security  risk,  some-
              body else could connect to the port in between. See
              SECURITY for details.

       -u     Unlink the file after successful transmission.
       -U, --unrestrict
              Turn off restricted mode (this is not  possible  if
              running under a restricted shell).
       -w N, --windowsize N
              Limit the transmit window size to N bytes (ZMODEM).
       -v, --verbose
              Verbose output to stderr. More  v's  generate  more
       -X, --xmodem
              use XMODEM protocol.
       -y, --overwrite
              Instruct  a  ZMODEM  receiving program to overwrite
              any existing file with the same name.
       -Y, --overwrite-or-skip
              Instruct a ZMODEM receiving  program  to  overwrite
              any  existing  file with the same name, and to skip
              any source files that do have a file with the  same
              pathname on the destination system.
              use ZMODEM protocol.
       -Z, --zmodem
              use ZMODEM protocol.

       Restricted  mode restricts pathnames to the current direc-
       tory and  PUBDIR  (usually  /var/spool/uucppublic)  and/or
       subdirectories thereof, and disables remote command execu-

       Restricted mode is entered if the R option is given or  if
       lsz  detects  that  it runs under a restricted shell or if
       the environment variable ZMODEM_RESTRICTED is found.

       Restricted mode can be turned of with the U option if  not
       running under a restricted shell.

       Use of the
              --tcp-client  or  --tcp-server  options  imposes  a
              security risk, as somebody else  could  connect  to
              the  port  before you do it, and grab your data. If
              there's strong demand for  a  more  secure  mode  i
              might introduce some sort of password challenge.

       ZNULLS may  be used to specify the number of nulls to send
              before a ZDATA frame.

       SHELL  lsz recognizes a restricted shell if this  variable
              includes rsh or rksh

              lrz  enters restricted mode if the variable is set.

       TMPDIR If this environment variable is set its content  is
              used  as  the directory to place in the answer file
              to a timesync request.  TMP Used instead of  TMPDIR
              if  TMPDIR is not set. If neither TMPDIR nor TMP is
              set /tmp will be used.

       ZMODEM File Transfer (Unix to DSZ/ZCOMM/Professional-YAM)
       % sz -a *.c
       This single command transfers all .c files in the  current
       Unix directory with conversion (-a) to end of line conven-
       tions appropriate to the receiving environment.  With ZMO-
       DEM AutoDownload enabled, Professional-YAM  and ZCOMM will
       automatically recieve the files after performing  a  secu-
       rity check.

       % sz -Yan *.c *.h
       Send  only the .c and .h files that exist on both systems,
       and are newer on the sending system than the corresponding
       version  on  the  receiving system, converting Unix to DOS
       text format.
       $ sz -\Yan file1.c file2.c  file3.c  foo.h  baz.h  (R)(for

       ZMODEM Command Download (Unix to Professional-YAM)
           sz -c "c:;cd /yam/dist"
           sz -ya $(YD)/*.me
           sz -yqb y*.exe
           sz -c "cd /yam"
           sz -i "!insms"
       This  Makefile  fragment uses sz to issue commands to Pro-
       fessional-YAM to change current disk and directory.  Next,
       sz  transfers  the  .me files from the $YD directory, com-
       manding the receiver to overwrite the  old  files  and  to
       convert  from  Unix end of line conventions to PC-DOS con-
       ventions.  The third line transfers some .exe files.   The
       fourth and fifth lines command Pro-YAM to change directory
       and execute a PC-DOS batch file insms .  Since  the  batch
       file takes considerable time, the -i form is used to allow
       sz to exit immediately.

       XMODEM File Transfer (Unix to Crosstalk)
       % sx -a foo.c
       rx foo.c
       The above three commands transfer a single file from  Unix
       to a PC and Crosstalk with sz translating Unix newlines to
       DOS CR/LF.  This combination is much slower and  far  less
       reliable than ZMODEM.

       "Caught  signal 99" indicates the program was not properly
       compiled, refer to "bibi(99)" in rbsb.c for details.

       rz(omen),   ZMODEM.DOC,   YMODEM.DOC,    Professional-YAM,
       crc(omen),     sq(omen),     todos(omen),     tocpm(omen),
       tomac(omen), yam(omen)

       Compile time options required for various  operating  sys-
       tems are described in the source file.

       The  VMS  version does not support wild cards.  Because of
       VMS DCL, upper case option letters muse be represented  by
       \ proceding the letter.

       The  current  VMS  version  does  not support XMODEM, XMO-
       DEM-1k, or YMODEM.

       VMS C Standard I/O and RMS may interact to modify the file

       32 bit CRC code courtesy Gary S. Brown.

       sz.c, crctab.c, rbsb.c, zm.c, zmodem.h Unix source files

       sz.c,  crctab.c,  vrzsz.c, zm.c, zmodem.h, vmodem.h, vvmo-
       dem.c, VMS source files.

       /tmp/szlog stores debugging  output  (sz  -vv)  (szlog  on

       The command "sz -T file" exercises the Attn sequence error
       recovery by commanding errors with  unterminated  packets.
       The  receiving  program  should  complain five times about
       binary data packets being  too  long.   Each  time  sz  is
       interrupted,  it  should  send  a ZDATA header followed by
       another defective packet.  If the receiver does not detect
       five  long  data  packets, the Attn sequence is not inter-
       rupting the sender, and the Myattn string in sz.c must  be

       After  5  packets,  sz stops the "transfer" and prints the
       total number of characters "sent" (Tcount).   The  differ-
       ence  between  Tcount  and  5120  represents the number of
       characters  stored  in  various  buffers  when  the   Attn
       sequence is generated.

       Calling  sz  from  most  versions  of  cu(1)  doesn't work
       because cu's receive process fights sz for characters from
       the modem.

       On  at least one BSD system, sz would hang or exit when it
       got within a few kilobytes of the end of file.  Using  the
       "-w  8192"  flag  fixed  the  problem.   The real cause is
       unknown, perhaps a bug in the kernel TTY output  routines.

       Programs that do not properly implement the specified file
       transfer protocol may cause sz to "hang" the  port  for  a
       minute  or two.  This problem is corrected by using ZCOMM,
       Pro-YAM, or other program with a correct implementation of
       the specified protocol.

       Many programs claiming to support YMODEM only support XMO-
       DEM with 1k blocks, and they often don't  get  that  quite

       XMODEM  transfers  add  up  to 127 garbage bytes per file.
       XMODEM-1k and YMODEM-1k transfers use 128 byte  blocks  to
       avoid extra padding.

       YMODEM  programs  use  the  file length transmitted at the
       beginning of the transfer to prune the file to the correct
       length;  this  may  cause  problems with source files that
       grow during the course of the transfer.  This problem does
       not  pertain to ZMODEM transfers, which preserve the exact
       file length unconditionally.

       Most ZMODEM options are merely  passed  to  the  receiving
       program; some do not implement all these options.

       Circular  buffering  and a ZMODEM sliding window should be
       used when input is from  pipes  instead  of  acknowledging
       frames  each  1024  bytes.   If no files can be opened, sz
       sends a ZMODEM command to echo a suitable complaint;  per-
       haps  it  should  check  for  the presence of at least one
       accessible file before getting hot and bothered.  The test
       mode leaves a zero length file on the receiving system.

       A  few  high  speed  modems have a firmware bug that drops
       characters when the direction of high  speed  transmissson
       is  reversed.  The environment variable ZNULLS may be used
       to specify the number of nulls  to  send  before  a  ZDATA
       frame.   Values of 101 for a 4.77 mHz PC and 124 for an AT
       are typical.

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