General Info About the Database
Getting the FilesThe original SPANKY was a DEC Microvax 3400 computer running the VMS operating system, and if you have had trouble getting FTP transfers to work, this is why. VMS is much different than Unix and the syntax it expects from FTP is non-standard in this Unix centred universe of the Internet. I like to think of Spanky as a lone mammal swimming in a reptilian sea. Unfortunately, this time around, it looks like the dinosaurs are winning. Anyway, Lynx 2.3 is able to correctly parse the VMS filenames, and spawn programs to view the images as well as NETSCAPE and the NCSA Mosaic client. You can use FTP to transfer the files but you will have to learn the VAX/VMS directory and filename syntax. Get the README.DOC file in the [pub] directory.
With this NEW copy of the Spanky Database, there should no longer be any problems downloading whatever may be found within the various directories and sub-directories.
Info on What Is ThereI have started to accumulate a reasonable selection of fractal related programs and documents as well as images. It is all stuff that is or was available on the net but I thought it might be convenient if you could find it all in one place. If you know of worthwhile programs or articles that I have not included and that are freely available then you could EMAIL me and tell me what it is and where I could find it. My address is Paul.N.Lee@att.net, I will try and keep things reasonably up-to-date. I have put them all in associated sub-directories under the [PUB.FRACTALS] heading.
There is more information available on Spanky's image archive, as well as some more detailed background information about this server.
Get the index.doc file in the [pub] directory for a complete and nearly up-to-date listing of what is available on this site. This document contains file sizes in blocks (512 bytes) as well as file modification dates.