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Run an IBM 3270 emulator in XDarwin UNIX
Need a TN3270 emulator, but are tired of waiting for a native app (or waiting for Classic to launch) while an impatient operator/user sits on the line? I use XDarwin (rootless), OroborOSX, and x3270. Read the rest of the article for the how-to...

After you've installed XDarwin and your window manager, get the x3270 sources.

Extract them and make the following changes:
% diff x3270-3.1.1-orig/Imakefile x3270-3.1.1/Imakefile

% diff x3270-3.1.1-orig/popups.c x3270-3.1.1/popups.c
< #if !defined(__FreeBSD__)
> #if !defined(__FreeBSD__) && !defined(__DARWIN__)

% diff x3270-3.1.1-orig/util.c x3270-3.1.1/util.c
< #if !defined(__FreeBSD__)
> #if !defined(__FreeBSD__) && !defined(__DARWIN__)
Follow the build instructions (as detailed in the build docs) and make install it. I use the ibmhosts at /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/x3270/ibm_hosts. Set up .x3270pro in your home directory; I use [at least in part]:
! model
x3270.model: 3279-4-E
! name to transmit
x3270.termName: IBM-3278-4-E
for 43 lines and you're good to go.

Disclaimer: I don't know what if any prerequisite packages are required - this is just what worked for me. You can mail me, but don't expect very in depth answers - I'm an old mainframe jock, dabbing a toe in unix for the first time.

[Editor's note: Completely untested locally, as I have no need for a 3270 emulator...]
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No Problems
Authored by: unxmaal on Apr 02, '02 03:13:49PM

My x3270 compiled just fine "out of the box". I did have to change the platform type to 'Darwin', but made no other changes. I don't think it installed the fonts in the proper location, but that's never been a real problem.

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No Problems
Authored by: varase on Oct 06, '02 07:06:14PM

Of course, this is all obsolete as TN3270 X has been released, and the new version of X3270 (3.2) compiles cleanly under 10.2.1.

If anyone's interested though, I may post a hint on how to get SSL 3270 working using stunnel though ...

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