>> Question: if/when a connection to the next exhibitor can't be made, how
>> do we judge which exhibitor is to blame -- the giver or receiver? What
>> if they disagree?
(Sorry for the second reply!) We could keep a small portable device
with a known good serial configuration and Kermit for testing
"trouble" connections -- attempt to receive the file from the sending
end of the broken link, and attempt to send the file to the receiving
end of the link. Whoever fails that test is at fault...though I don't
know what you'd do if both ends were down!
I've got a SmartCable we could use for that...allows one to easily
match DTE and DCE with various combinations of switches. Also, much
blinkenlichts. Anyone have a really neat vintage portable that might
find use here?