Re: [NTLK] Docking protocol

From: Victor Rehorst (
Date: Thu Jul 21 2005 - 07:39:00 PDT

Goodwin, Greg P. wrote:
> Oh wow... this is interesting.
> So on the simpliest level, could you open a connection with a term
> program and send these commands to Newton?

Actually, the answer is no.

I'd highly *highly* recommened that if you are interested, to pick through the
DCL source code, since this is the only other implementation of the Dock
protocol out there. Particularly, the "Desktop Connection
Library/DCL/Link/Dock Commands" directory, as well as the TDCLLink class and
the doConnect() function in particular, and trace back from there.

Knowing French would be an asset, since there are no english comments in the

The main reason for the 'no' is that, at some point in the Dock 2.0 protocol
negotiation, there is an encrypted challenge-response exchange between the
Newton and the client.

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