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System User's Guide: Communications and Networks

How to Edit the ATE Default File


The Asynchronous Terminal Emulation (ATE) program must be set up on the system.


To change the settings in the ate.def file, perform the following steps:

  1. Edit the ate.def file with an ASCII text editor.
  2. Enter new values for the parameters to be changed. Other values can be deleted or left alone. The system uses its defaults for any parameters that are deleted.
  3. Save the modified ate.def file.

The changes made to the ate.def file take effect the next time ATE is run from the directory containing the customized ate.def file.

Users can keep a copy of the ate.def file in any directory to which they have read and write permissions. For example, if you need to run the ATE program with different defaults at different times, keep multiple copies of the ate.def file, with the appropriate settings, in different subdirectories of the $HOME directory. However, multiple copies of the ate.def file use system storage. As an alternative, temporarily change most settings with the ATE alter and modify subcommands. Use a dialing directory (How to Set Up an ATE Dialing Directory) entry to change settings for an individual modem connection.

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