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Minimum Requirements:


This group is required. See below for specific requirements.


Refer to the minimal INI file to see the minimum requirements to configure Comet.



The CONSOLE SESSION OPTIONS group contains information about the Comet console, including the partition and terminal numbers, partition type, colors, and other options.


This group has one required segment title:


Session = console-device-name|range,partition-name,partition-type,



The following segment titles are optional:


Auto Increment Cursor    = YES|NO;

NumPad ENTER same as F10 = YES|NO;


The following segment titles are obsolete. They are listed here in order to document legacy Comet configurations:


Force 80 Column Mode     = YES|NO;

INSERT same as Qantel    = YES|NO;

C/R same as Qantel       = YES|NO;

Standard Keyboard I/O    = YES|NO;

Laptop Large Cursor      = YES|NO;

Session 132 Bios Mode    = nn;

4K Window Blocks/Session = number;


For example:


Session = T00,P00,5 ,1F,70,11,1F,1F;        Options for session 1
Session = T01,P01,5 ,8F,20,88,8F,8F;        Options for session 2
Session = T02,P02,5 ,4F,70,44,4F,4F;        Options for session 3
Session = T03-T07,P03,5,1F,70,11,1F,1F;     Options for session 4 thru 8
Force 80 Column Mode     = YES;             Always set 80 columns on screens
INSERT same as Qantel    = YES;             INSERT key acts same as Qantel
C/R same as Qantel       = YES;             Carriage Return same as Qantel
Auto Increment Cursor    = NO;
Standard Keyboard I/O    = YES;
Laptop Large Cursor      = NO;              If laptop PC, set YES
NumPad ENTER same as F10 = NO;
Session 132 Bios Mode    = 00;              Must set for 132 character screens
                                            Same for all console sessions
4K Window Blocks/Session = 5;               For MTB Window calls
                                            Same for all console sessions
Segment Titles


Session = console-device-name|range,partition-name,partition-type,



Defines console sessions. It has the following 8 parameters. See below for examples.




            The console device name that is to be associated with this session, in one of the following forms:


            Txx (where xx is 00 through 99)

            xxx (where xxx is 000 through 999)


            To enter a range of name, use one of the following forms:


            Txx-Tyy (where xx and yy are 00 through 99)

            xxx-yyy (where xxx and yyy are 000 thrrough 999)


Note: The console device name and partition declarations are compared to the first four segment titles in the [COMET SYSTEM OPTIONS] group. Be certain that the number of devices, number of partitions, and ranges match those settings.




The partition name that is to be associated with this session, in one of the following forms:


                                    Pxx (where xx is 00 through 99)

                                    xxx (where xxx is 000 through 999)


Note: If a range of devices has been specified above, the partition name specified here is the first in a consecutive number of partitions equal to the number of devices.




                        The partition type, based on the following chart:


                        Type    Definition

3                    CometAnywhere session (i.e., remote console session via TCP/IP)

5                    Local console session

7                    Local “auto start” console session


A single Comet node may configure up to:

·          999 total partitions
·          100 total sessions
·          8 local console sessions
·          99 CometAnywhere sessions


When Comet is initially launched, all “auto-start” console sessions are displayed automatically. If a console session is not configured as auto-start, then it must be activated manually by using one of several methods available (e.g., clicking the Comet icon, pressing CTRL-N).




Specifies the foreground display color using two hex digits. The first digit is the field color, and the second digit is the character color. For example, 7F specifies a white field with black characters.


Here is the color palette:


Value   Color

0                    black

1                    blue

2                    green

3                    cyan

4                    red

5                    magenta

6                    brown

7                    white

8                    gray

9                    light blue

10                light green

11                light cyan

12                light red

13                light magenta

14                yellow

15                light brown




                        Specifies the background display color. See above for color palette.




Specifies the color of invisible characters such as suppressed background, transmit marks, and right justify marks. See above for color palette.




Specifies the border color. See above for color palette.




Specifies the entry field color. See above for color palette.






Configures device T00 with partition P00, which is a local console session (type 5).




Configures device 001 with partition 001, which is a local “auto start” console session (type 7).




Configures device 002 with partition 002, which is a CometAnywhere session (type 3).




Configures devices T03 through T07 with consecutive partitions starting with P03, all of which are local “auto start” console sessions.


Session = T08-T20,P08,3,1F,70,11,1F,1F;


Configures devices T08 through T20 with consecutive partitions starting with P08, all of which are CometAnywhere sessions.



Auto Increment Cursor = YES|NO;




Selecting “YES” moves the cursor to the next field when the last position of the current field is filled. If there is a transmit delimiter (TM) or (TP), then a TRANSMIT will occur. Essentially, this option causes the input screen to act as if a TAB was pressed when the field is filled.


NumPad ENTER same as F10 = YES|NO;




This setting determines if the ENTER key of the numeric pad is to operate the same as the F10 key.



Force 80 Column Mode = YES|NO;




On certain monitors, especially laptops with older LCD displays, 64-column mode does not work. A "YES" response forces all Comet applications running on the console to run in 80-column mode.


INSERT same as Qantel = YES|NO;




Selecting “YES” will cause the INSERT key to act as it does on a Qantel keyboard (i.e., pressing INSERT will insert a blank space at the cursor and move all characters to the right of the cursor one position to the right). Select “NO” to use the PC standard INSERT.


As of version 01.01 of the REL directory, the default value is YES.


C/R same as Qantel = YES|NO;




Normally, the ENTER key (or carriage return key) of the keyboard pad operates as a TAB under Comet. To force it to act as it does on a Qantel terminal, select “YES”. Otherwise, select “NO”.


As of version 01.01 of the REL directory, the default value is YES.


Standard Keyboard I/O = YES|NO;




Using this option prevents conflicts with TSR’s and other programs such as Deskview. The net effect to the user is the F3/F10 will not be recognized unless the program is waiting on input. CTL-BREAK will be recognized at any time and acts like F3/F10.


Laptop Large Cursor = YES|NO;




Laptop PC screens are generally smaller and not as well lit as regular console screens. To display a larger cursor, set this option to “YES”. Set this to “NO” to display a regular console cursor.


Session 132 Bios Mode = nn;




Specifies the BIOS mode of the console if you need to use 132-column screens. The exact value of this field depends on the type of video adapter board used in the most PC. Refer to the documentation that came with your video adapter board for the correct value to use. This value is a decimal number between 0 and 255 and may be documented in decimal or hex form. Comet requires you supply this information in hex ($00 through $FF).


4K Window Blocks/Session = number;




Determines the amount of memory Comet will allocate for programmed MTB window function call. The number of 4K blocks entered will be set for each console session.