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18. Hints, tips and common questions.

Q.These commands seem very long! Can I shorten them?

A.Of course you can and the abbreviated forms can be found in the section "CLX user commands".

Q.I am not sure if this command is correct. Can I cause any harm if I try it?

A.Do not be afraid to try a command to see if it will work, at the worst you will get an error message. If you require any help on a command, just type help followed by the command you want help on. Look at the "CLX user commands" section to see what help can be found.

Q.How should I use the announce command?

A.With respect. Use the command by all means, but please only use the "full" extension if absolutely necessary. It can create a LOT of messages passing between clusters.

Q.I like to be working in the shack while logged into the cluster but I can't be looking at the screen all the time. How can I be alerted when anything happens?

A.Use the SET/BEEP command. You can find information on this in the "CLX user commands" section.

Q.What do the strange "=" and "-" and "^" and "?" characters mean against the nodes when I do SHOW/CONFIGURATION?

A.These characters denote the type and state of a link to a particular node. You can find a full description of their meanings in the section "CLX user commands"

Q.I keep getting disconnected from the cluster, what is happening and how can I stop it?

A.There is no timeout in CLX so what is probably happening is that a node is timing out because of inactivity. To attempt to stop this happening, use the "set/alive" command. This will make CLX send you a small packet every ten minutes to try to keep the link alive.

Q.I got disconnected from the cluster and now I can't log back in again. What is wrong?

A.Probably the cluster thinks you are still logged on and will not let you reconnect using the same call to prevent loops. Try logging on again adding an ssid to your callsign as CLX treats G0YLM and G0YLM-1 as different users.

Q.I notice that all the commands are shown in lower case in the main section of this manual, but in upper case in the "CLX user commands" section. Why is that?

A.It actually makes no difference to CLX which case you use. The upper case in the "CLX user commands" section is just for clarity and ease of reading.

Q.How do I know if I have got the latest version of the CLX user manual?

A.The version number will be the same as the CLX release currently in use at your node. You can check the CLX version number with the command SHOW/VERSION.

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