Checking and changing settings for PicoSpan and SSH sessions

Settings control how you work with conferences, email, people online, and so forth. You can change them from a single location, the Settings menu, within the legacy PicoSpan environment.

  1. Opening the Settings menu
  2. Turning menus on and off
  3. Setting terminal emulation
  4. Changing your password
  5. To turn the pager on or off
  6. To choose the pager you want to use

Opening the Settings menu

To open the Settings menu, from the Main menu choose 10 Settings.


 SETTINGS                                        .  Menu name : settings
                                                 .  Conference: wellcome
  1  Settings for conferences...                 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  2  Settings for people online...               .
  3  Settings for email...                       .  HELP and INFORMATION:
  5  Settings for file management...             .
  6  Turn these menus on or off at login...      . 
 MISCELLANEOUS SETTINGS                          .  
  7  Terminal type (e.g. "vt100")...             .
  8  Password                                    .  GETTING AROUND
  9  Choose pager...                             .
 10  Turn pager off for now                      .   66  Go back one menu
 11  Turn pager back on                          .   77  Go to the Main menu
 12  Turn pager off indefinitely                 .   88  Go to a menu by
                                                 .   99  Turn off these

                                                 .  100  Exit from the WELL
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

OK (type a number or command):

The first four menu choices display settings menus for specific WELL features. All the choices available from these menus have been discussed on other pages in this manual.

This page will cover the remaining menu choices.

Turning menus on and off

As you become an experienced user on The WELL, you may decide you’d rather work directly with the command line, without seeing the menu system. You can turn the menus off so that they do not appear when you log in.

From the Settings menu choose 6 Turn these menus on or off at login to open Menu Set menu.


 INITIAL MENU SETTING EACH TIME YOU LOG IN       .  Menu name : menuset
                                                 .  Conference: wellcome
  1  Menus on permanently                        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  2  Menus off permanently                       .
                                                 .  HELP and INFORMATION:
     If you want to turn menus back on in the    .
     future, at the OK prompt type:              .   
     set menus    to turn them on temporarily    .  
     save menus   to turn them on permanently    .
     save nomenus   to turn them off permanently .   
                                                 .  GETTING AROUND
                                                 .   66  Go back one menu
                                                 .   77  Go to the Main menu
                                                 .   88  Go to a menu by
                                                 .   99  Turn off these
                                                 .  100  Exit from the WELL
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

OK (type a number or command):

If you want to use the menu system in the future, you can turn it on using either of these commands at the OK prompt:

  • set menus or set nomenus turns the menu system on or off for the current session only.
  • save menus or save nomenus turns on the menu system on or off for this session and at login for subsequent sessions.

Setting terminal emulation

You need to set The WELL terminal emulation setting to the same one you use in your telecommunications software. To change the terminal emulation setting, from the Settings menu choose 7 Terminal type (e.g. “vt100”).

You can choose from among vt100, vt102, vt220 or ansi, or specify another terminal type using the “other” option.

Be sure to match your own telecommunication software setting with the setting you establish with this menu.

Note: for most situations, you’ll want vt100, vt102, or vt220.

Changing your password

Please change your password at the Password Help page, or within the Billing Information module.

To turn the pager on or off

When you begin using The WELL, text appears in “chunks” on the screen, approximately one screen’s worth or “page” at a time. You can see the next screen’s worth by pressing the spacebar.

The utility that causes text to pause at the bottom of the screen and wait for your request to see more is called a pager. You can turn the pager on and off, and you can choose a different pager to use, if you prefer.

You can turn off the pager if you like. Doing so causes the text to display on your screen continuously, without any breaks or prompts at the bottom of the screen. This can be useful when you want to capture information in a “capture” file directly onto your computer. Your telecommunication software usually allows you to create such a file during an online session.

To turn the pager off temporarily, from the Settings menu choose 10 Turn pager off for now. Choosing this setting turns the pager off for this session until you turn it on again. If you exit The WELL, the pager is automatically turned back on the next time you log in.

To turn the pager back on, from the Settings menu choose 11 Turn pager back on.

To turn the pager off indefinitely, so that it remains off when you log in again, from the Settings menu choose 12 Turn pager off indefinitely. To turn the pager back on once it has been turned off indefinitely, use the Choose Pager command.

To choose the pager you want to use

If you turned off the pager indefinitely and want to use it again, or if you want to change the pager you are using, you do so by “choosing” a pager.

Two pagers are available, the “more” pager and the “less” pager. The “more” pager displays the “More” prompt at the end of each page of text. The “less” pager displays the word END at the end of each page, and it lets you scroll back through the information whether or not your telecommunication software allows back-scrolling.

  1. From the Setting menu choose 9 Choose pager. The Pagerset menu appears.
  2. Choose the pager you want to use: 1 more (standard) or 2 less (allows back-scrolling).

The new pager setting takes effect immediately.

Note: You can also choose 3 No pager. This is the same as choosing 11 Turn pager off indefinitely from the Settings menu.

For instructions about using PicoSpan menus, see Menu basics. Note that to Enter a command, you type the command followed by the Return or Enter key.

Look for more documentation of legacy commands in the picohelp conference. For documentation of the newer web-based access to the same conference content, see the newer guide to direct engagement using your browser.