Hi Benny & Sean, thanks for the quick reply. I have had another quick
expt. Previously I have used tn5250, today I have been using xt5250 and
there is difference between the two. If I do not specify a host in tn, I
get a synopsis of the command options:-

[andrew@evo] ~ ->tn5250
tn5250 - TCP/IP 5250 emulator
  tn5250 [options] HOST[:PORT]
   To connect using ssl prefix HOST with 'ssl:'.  Example:      tn5250
+ssl_verify_server ssl:as400.example.com

x5250 also gives the syopsis.

What error?
I should have said command syntax...

In xt5250, I have just found out it does give me an option to type the
hosts name. So in a way I have answered my own question. But I am not sure
why the two different front ends are different.
The Howto you mentioned is the one I have been using as my guide, there is
some good stuff there. So far I have not used a .tn5250 file to define
hosts  as I have set up names in dns so I can use logicat.as400.brm.pri
for example.


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