I have been trying to host my own Gopher server under OS X (specifically, Snow Leopard), but am finding the process somewhat frustrating.
After trying (and failing) to install myriad supposedly cross-platform server packages, I settled on Aftershock, as it is the only one which seems to 'work' – and I use that word very loosely.
Ideally, I would like to host the server without the need for any specialised software, but in order to do so I need to know the name of the 'root document' a Gopher client looks for when connecting (e.g. Web browsers expect a file called
index). Unfortunately, RFC 1436 (the document which specifies the standards of the Gopher protocol) only mentions what this mystery file must contain, but not its name.
I have tried using
.Links as file names, but all result in an "Unable to access document" error when viewed using the command-line browser lynx.
If anyone can shed any light, I will be most obliged!