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W. WWW page at site. WR: replace 'ftp' with 'www' for web pa/ge.

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  1. ( /pub/mac/
    Bilkent University Preparatory School Macintosh archive. It contains more than 2000 files collected from well known archives and still getting new ones.
    All Files: /BUPS-MacArchive/AllFiles.txt
    Recent Files: /BUPS-MacArchive/NewFiles/
    Help: /BUPS-MacArchive/!!README
    How to Upload: FTP - put to the directory /BUPS-MacArchive/Upload or e-mail to:

  2. ( /pub/
    This is the prince of mac shadow archives; not only does it mirror some 13 mac sites (amug_mac (bbs-in-a-box), apple, bio.indiana_mac, info-mac, mac-develop, macfaq, macpsych, onramp_mac, uiowa_newton, umich_mac, utexas_mac, utk_mac_math, wimsey_mac, providing its own archives, but also provides rtfm newsgroups FAQs and texts.
    Note at present it supports only 60 users in a class so be gentle.
    Site Directory:

  3. ( /software/mac/ /mirror/info-mac/ /mirror/umich-mac/ /mirror/Oberon/MacII/
    Alias: "Access to this FTP service is exclusively allowed for - Swiss universities, schools & organisations with a SWITCH service contract, - foreign education & research organisations. If you do not belong to one of these categories, you are NOT allowed to log in as 'anonymous' or 'ftp'. With one of the special user-ids, like 'public', a restricted access is open to everyone." (FTP login message).

  4. ( /pub/mac/
    Alias: This is an Mac freeware and shareware archive operated by Chris Johnson on one or more systems run by the Univeristy of Texas System Office of Telcommunication Services. It also has SLIPtelnet in the /pub/slip/mac/ncsa directory. WWW:

  5. ( /News/comp.binaries.mac/
    They keep archives of the postings to the comp.binaries.mac newsgroup. The files all stored in one huge directory, so instead of doing an 'ls', get the index file to look at offline.
    All Files: /News/comp.binaries.mac/index
    How to Upload: Post to the comp.binaries.mac USENET group.

  6. ( /mac/
    This big site has a large number of files, many of them unique. There are many outline fonts here {Adobe type 1, type 3, and TrueType}. About the only gripe I have is the tremendous number of subdirectories, e.g. /mac/system.extensions/font/truetype... but that's a small price to pay for the work they have put into this site. is a special pointer that will randomly connect you to one of the mirrors.
    All Files: /mac/00help/index.txt
    Recent Files: /mac/00help/newfiles.txt
    In Queue: Look in the /mac/incoming/ directory.
    Help: /mac/00help
    How to Upload: ftp - put files in the /mac/incoming/ directory or e-mail to {e-mail results in crossposting to other archives}
    Transfer Mode: ASCII for .hqx files, BINARY for everything else.
    Gopher: gopher://

  7. ( /micros/mac/
    Has an awkward way naming their directories with letters of the alphabet and numbers, so one has to get the index files in the directories first to see what they have. (Wojtek Rypniewski

  8. ( /info-mac/
    Site's name is 'Info-Mac' _not_ 'sumex'. "We ask that you use our mirrors INSTEAD of our server, because the load there now makes it difficult for us to manage the archive!" (Info-Mac Archive Mirror Sites)
    The king of macintosh ftp sites. If you want your uploads to get a wide distribution, this is the place to send them to. They also have their own message "list", the info-mac digests which is handy for those who don't have USENET access.
    Note: sumex-aim has effectively become a mirrors only site, so use one of its mirrors - /info-mac directory or [IM].
    All Files: /info-mac/help/all-files.txt
    Recent Files: /info-mac/help/recent-files.txt
    Mirror Sites: /info-mac/help/mirror-list.txt
    Help: Look in the /info-mac/help directory, read them all.
    How to Upload: email files to or
    Files >800 K - e-mail file description to and send file in .hqx format to
    Gopher: gopher://

  9. ( /dts/
    This was Apple's original ftp site to supply the world with System software {up to 7.0.1}, utilities, technical notes, sample source code, press release archives, and some developer tools. Support has fallen off in favor of sites like Callers outside America are restricted to what they can download.
    Help: /help, or mail

  10. ( /Apple.Support.Area/Apple.SW.Updates/
    This is one of Apples' "seeding" sites. Most of the software is in the /Apple.Support.Area/Apple.SW.Updates directory. As with callers outside America are restricted as to what they can download.
    WWW: http://www.austin
    WWW: [mirror]

  11. ( /pub/apple_sw_updates/
    This is one of main Apples' support sites and has largely filled the role of I assume that as is the case with callers outside America are restricted as to what they can download.
    WWW: [mirror]
    WWW: [mirror]

  12. ( /software/mac/
    "The Mathematics Archives ( is a comprehensive site for mathematical resources on the Internet. It is accessible using anonymous ftp, gopher, or a web browser. In addition to a large collection of mathematical software, an extensive collection of WWW and gopher links to other mathematical resources on the Internet is maintained." ( [Earl D. Fife])
    Gopher: gopher://

  13. ( /pub/
    The headquarters of John Norstad's excellent anti-virus program, Disinfectant {/pub/disinfectant}. Other interesting /pub directories are: /pub/newswatcher; /pub/nupop; and /pub/ph.

  14. ( /pub/
    Aladdin Systems' formal anonymous ftp site. In addition to Aladdin's Mac software there are PC decoders for StuffIt files - SITEX10.EXE (win) and unsitins.exe (dos) (See format table for mare details).

  15. ( /microlib/mac/
    Alias: University of Texas Computation Center's Macintosh software archive, and headquarters of Chris Johnson's anti-virus utility Gatekeeper. Has an editorial policy on what programs it accepts.
    All Files: /microlib/mac/file-list.txt
    Recent Files: Get the file called "Update-[date]" in /microlib/mac.
    How to Upload: email to {also results in cross-posting to other archives.}

  16. ( /pub/Cabri/, /pub1/macintosh/
    Home of the CABRI (graph, geometry) software. Also contains some comp.binaries.mac files in MacBinary format.

  17. ( /pub/
    The Well Connected Mac archive contains almost all freely distributable software mentioned in the FAQ lists for comp.sys.mac.misc, comp.sys.mac.system and comp.sys.mac.apps.

  18. ( /Mac/
    NCSA keeps Telnet, ContigAsm, Contour, DataScope, GelReader, HypercardAnimator, NCSA Image, Import2HDF, Layout, and PalEdit here.

  19. ( /pub/mac/
    Contains some programs by Paul DuBois, and a few other utilities: BlobMgr, FaceLift, Grep, TransSkel, ZoomIdle, MakeWrite, SicnEdit, gnome, and psuedo-fpu.

  20. ( /languages/abc/
    You can find a mac version of the ABC programming language here, and also a mac version of STDWIN as /amiga-sources/stdwin/mac.tar.Z. UUNet also archives huge amounts of other material, like USENET news, GNU stuff, bsd sources, internet specs, popular unix packages, and bug fixes. All Files: /index/master.Z, /index/master-time.Z
    Recent Files: /index/changes.week.Z, /index/
    In Queue: /index/incoming.Z
    Help: /help, /index/README
    How to Upload: /tmp
    Transfer Mode: BINARY.

  21. ( /mac/think-c/
    Home of the Think C mailing list. You'll find a bunch of Think Class Library stuff here, along with general Think C code, interfaces, and updaters. Read all the README files in /mac/think-c for more info (and how to get on the mailing list).

  22. ( /mac/
    Home of Webster Multiport Gateway tools, and other mac networking goodies, like Columbia Appletalk Package, Timelord, & Messages.

  23. ( /entrez/
    The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) developed and supports a public domain program named Entrez (pronounced "ON-tray") for browsing a comprehensive set of DNA and protein sequence databases and a subset of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE bibliographic database. NetEntrez {freely available program available here} can be used to access the Entrez network service provided by the NCBI. NetEntrez has no access charges and does not use a CD-ROM drive. For users without Internet connectivity, ordering information for Entrez CD-ROM subscriptions is posted there, too. ( (Warren Gish)) BLAST {molecular biology searcher} can be found in the blast/network/experimental/macintosh/ directory.
    Help: Contact

  24. ( /pub/mac/
    In addition to mirroring both Info-mac {/pub/mac/info-mac} and Umich {/pub/mac/mirror-umich} this Sweden archive has large amounts of DOS, Windows, and UNIX files.
    Info: 'arkiv-underh' in the root directory {in Swedish}
    Transfer Mode: ASCII for .hqx files, BINARY for everything else.

  25. ( /mac/
    The Iowa Student Computing Association filesystem. In addition to FTP it also has telnet downloading interface (Zmodem, NetZmodem, Kermit, Xmodem, FTP) with search, new_files, and batch downloading, login as 'iscabbs'. ISCA also has one of the largest Internet BBS's at, they support over 200 users online at once.
    Coming soon: PANDA, the information arcade message system.
    Transfer Mode: BINARY.

  26. ( /packages/info-mac/
    A London based Info-Mac & umich {packages/mac/umich/} shadow. .gz site with on-the-fly translation {see CAUTION note above}
    Limit: 300 simultaneous users.
    HELP: mail to contact the maintainers.
    Transfer Mode: ASCII for .hqx files, BINARY for everything else.

  27. ( /systems/mac/
    This is the de-facto king of shadow archives; it mirrors three mac sites: Info-Mac {/systems/mac/info-mac/}, {/systems/mac/}, and the now defunct Simtel site {/systems/mac/macintosh/}. Also shadows several non-Mac archives. Limit: 225/250 simultaneous users.
    Note: login to this site can become difficult when sumex gets new files.
    Transfer Mode: ASCII for .hqx files, BINARY for everything else.

  28. ( /{see below}
    All sorts of scientific applications, in /biology/mac/, /chemistry/mac/, /science/mac/, and /molbio/mac/. Help: /archive.doc
    How to Upload: /incoming
    Gopher: gopher://

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