filetransfer and remote execution
What is LPTool?
LPTool enables file transfer and remote execution via a "laplink" cable
connection between parallel ports of two machines running OS/2 3.0 or
LPTool works using a daemon in a text-window, accessible either directly or
through other programs with the help of LPTQ.EXE, enabling REXX and batchfile
automation and integration with file-managers.
Is it still useful?
Hardly, it is quite dated by now, and there are few systems that still have
the classic parallel port required by LPTool, and you will have to build your
own 'laplink' cable most likely. Also, regular Ethernet networking is so easily
available on OS/2 these days that an old slow tool like this would not be used.
So it is here for nostalgic reasons mostly :)
What does it look like?
A screenshot of the LPTool daemon running
This screen-shot includes explanations on all relevant screen-parts
visible in the daemon and some additional information.
Description, download link
Functionality is included to:
- Automatically create directories on the destination side
- Support copy of complete directory-trees including EA's (S option)
- Replace locked (in use) OS/2 DLL's or EXE's at the receiver side
- Synchronize local and remote directories based on timestamps
- Use LZW compression on file-transfers to make it faster
The new windowing system adds command recall from a history-buffer
and a large scrollable output window so you can page back and forth
in the output.
What is new in LPTool
- 2.12, Directory sync, speed-up
- Optimized directory sync using LPTS.CMD
- 2.11, Directory sync
- Fixed some traps on REXEC commands
- Fixed timeout problems with directory sync (LPTS.CMD)
- Enhanced windowing, scroll-buffer, command-history
- 2.09, SET command
- More complete SET command for options
- Added new U = uncompressed option to the send command
- 2.07, LPTDD setup guidance
- LPTDD.CMD will give an estimated guess on LPTDD.SYS parameters
- New DEVICE command to show port settings
- 2.05, Typeahead compatibilty with DragText
- Windowing mode now respects type-ahead
- 2.03, Performance and stability improvements
- Faster default operation, using async mode
- Some remote-execution hangs solved
No real guarantee can be given about file-integrity or any other behavior.
However, all of the functions seem to work OK as far as my tests can tell,
and the program is now being used by dozens of happy OS/2 users ...
This version of the program is free for anyone to use
and can be considered freeware for now.
Further development of the program has ceased ...
Suggestions and other comments regarding LPT are welcome.
On the WEB: Just get the
LPTool 2.12 in LPTOOL.ZIP (227 Kb)
To get a better feeling of what you could do with the LPTool:
take a look at the (ASCII)
LPTool documentation (37 Kb)
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Created: JvW 21-februari-1997, last update: JvW 9-september-2018