CHAPTER 5 - BBSing WITH AMIGA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AMIGA COMMERCIAL BBS SOFTWARE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5.01 - AmiExpress 5.02 - BBX 5.03 - CNet Amiga
5.04 - DLG Pro. v1.0 (Dialog Professional)
* up to 65000 users * 255 different user levels * 9999 different message areas * 9999 different file areas * number of BBS lines is limited only by serial port availability * all text strings and ANSI colors are completely definable by
* string sets are available in several languages * each user can choose what language he wants to use for his
* custom international character mapping is supported * 7/8 bit character transparency is configurable
Not all of DLG is built big, though. DLG was also designed to work on even modest Amiga setups. Here are the facts:
* DLG's modular, disk based operating system design allows for
low memory usage
* DLG uses from 40-150K per active BBS line depending on setup
* low CPU usage for excellent performance on multiple lines * works with as little as 512K of system memory * works on Amiga 500, 1000, 2000, 2500, and 3000 under AmigaDOS
1.3 & 2.0
* works with even modest Hard Drive setups.
Each DLG user can set a number of preferences for his on-line session:
* help level (novice / intermediate / expert) * screen length and width settings to match his terminal software * optional MORE prompt for paced system output * ANSI colour, smart ANSI screen positioning, screen clears, and
partial screen scrolling are all definable independently
* optional hot keys for fast single letter command input * preference settings for personal upload/download protocols * choice of message editors * automatic command sequence (command stack) to be executed at
* alias name (handle) * create and edit personal signatures (4 types) to be
automatically appended to messages and file descriptions
* create lists of message and file areas to search * custom menu sets with different BBS languages attached to them * custom character maps
In addition, there are a number of DLG features that users find helpful:
* online user manual and help text files for individual commands * full user list and search capabilities * list of important events since last call - list is kept for
each user while he is off-line
* list of waiting public mail is kept for the user and marked for
easy retrieval at login
* ability to see who is on other BBS lines and what they are
* ability to send online messages to users on other lines * smart menus that show only those commands the user can actually
use, moment to moment
* fully customizable smart menu displays that allow the SysOp to
be creative with his menus
* quote of the moment module * today in history module * quick and easy searching for new messages and files
Here are some features of DLG's full online public/private mail system:
* powerful, full-screen free-form ANSI based message editor * free-form paragraph oriented message editor with query search and
replace and the ability to back up over lines using a standard terminal program
* use of an external Amiga message editor/word processor is allowed
from a local session
* support for third-party online editors * up to 9999 separate message areas * users can automatically scan the areas they choose for new messages * messages can be packed up and archived in the background while the
user does other things online, or the user can start the mail packing and pick it up on a future call to the system
* users can edit their own custom message and file signatures * message header scan with message TTagging' is supported to quickly
scan for messages in large message areas
* a smart message thread reading mode can be enabled to automatically
follow conversations as you read
* continuous read mode with optional ANSI/more-prompt disable * ability to continuous read all areas at once * active readers of an area can be listed * individual privileges can be assigned to each user in each area
separately, or automatically assigned based on user level
* users are informed of all types of mail received * users can kill their own messages depending on access * maximum number of messages allowed in each area can be set * messages can be renumbered at any time * message areas can be searched based on who the messages are from,
who they are addressed to, or on the subject line of the message
* messages can be forwarded and transferred from public, to private,
to UUCP, to Newsgroups, to NetMail, to EchoMail or any combination of the above
* messages can be re-edited by their author or by users with SysOp
access in the message area
* messages can be Lex checked and analyzed for readability * messages can be sent to online group mailing lists * translated message areas can be created with the help of PD novelty
programs such as Jive, ValSpeak etc.
* message areas can be set to have inappropriate language
automatically filtered out of messages as they are saved
* each user has a private mail directory * user can keep a carbon copy of private mail sent * message reading in forward and reverse directions * private mail traffic can be monitored by the sysop * messages can be automatically sent by the system or from batch
files using the off-line message sending module
Features of DLG's online file system:
* up to 9999 file areas are supported * validated uploads are supported so that files may be checked by the
SysOp before they are made available
* each user's access can be tailored individually for each file area
or defaults can be set for each area based on user level
* full file searching of all available areas with wild card support
files can be searched by name, date, range of dates, since last call, since number of days, or by description
* files can be sorted by natural forward/reverse, or alphabetical
* users can easily scan file areas they wish to monitor for new files * each file can have up to a 32K description * users can add comments to existing file descriptions to aid others
with their downloading decision
* choice of quick or verbose listing of all files in an area * users can kill files that they upload if their access permits * trash-can-like directory saves deleted files as a backup against
accidental or unwanted deletions
* uploader's custom file signature is applied to file descriptions * archive content viewing supported for any archiver with that ability * protocols are completely configurable to allow the use of external
file transfer protocols (XPR) and DLG-compatible protocols
* custom Xmodem (Checksum / CRC / 1K) and Zmodem protocols included * super fast Zmodem transfers that auto adjust to the CPU and current
load conditions to give optimum performance without 'bogging' the rest of the system down
* files can be uploaded to another user's private directory * users can have size limits placed on their private directories * batch uploads are supported for appropriate protocols * partially uploaded or downloaded files can be resumed at a later
* files can be Ttagged' for batch download using appropriate protocols * partial 'tagged list' and 'partial file' downloads are supported * a tagged file list is retained from call to call and is not deleted
until the user does so, or downloads the files it contains
* user can list and edit his tagged file list * DLG supports upload / download ratios * individual files can be marked as FREE and will not count on ratios * default protocol can be set, or can be selected at time of download * optional auto-log-off after download (5 second bail out) * files can be transferred from public to public, private to private,
private to public or public to private
* file descriptions indicate number of times downloaded * files show approximate download time based on protocol efficiency * protocols are definable and defaults are selectable by the user * SysOp can upload and download from a local session * sysop can have up to 127 global file paths where files from any
section can be stored
* CD Rom drives are fully supported with the use of alternate and
* ADS file areas are supported with the use of third party 'tick'
* Includes TTrapdoor' - the Amiga's premier network mailer * high speed nodelist compiler * cost and call accounting * ZedZip, ZedZap, DirectZap, Dietlfna and FTS-1 protocols * FTS-1, FTS-6 and EMSI handshaking * four dimensional addressing * supports AKA's * FidoNet - Echomail and Netmail areas are fully integrated into the
* separate origin lines can be defined for each Echomail area * support for multiple domains, multiple networks, multiple zones * can feed points * automatic dupe elimination * supports all known types of mail bundling * extensive routing capabilities * can be used for hubbing or in network coordinator positions * echo area traffic reports * incoming Netmail is sent to the users' private mail directory for
* full cost implementation allows charging for Netmail via a user
account credit system
* users are informed of incoming Echo/Netmail in real time if they are
online, or via their event log if they are not
* support for outgoing file attaches and file requests * can accept file requests from other systems * a list of requestable 'magic file names' can be created with
optional password protection
* file areas can be designated as File Requestable * crashmail is supported * can zonegate FidoNet messages * can receive and send/reply to point systems * full nodelist support * echomail is imported in the background while even users are reading
the areas receiving mail
* incoming Netmail mail can be addressed to online group mailing lists * is capable of running as a point
DLG Professional includes everything you need to set up a FidoNet system.
DLG & USENET
* Each user has their own personal UUCP account * UUCP mail can be received in a user's private directory * UUCP mail can be entered by any user with the proper access * UUCP messages can be replied to with one easy key-stroke * UUCP mail can be sent to online mailing lists * UseNet newsgroups are treated as normal DLG message areas * UUCICO accounts may be set up to allow the system to provide UUCP
feeds to other sites
Message and file area support is standard for most Bulletin Board System software. DLG adds to that the excitement of PeopleTalk - multi-user real time conferencing. Here are some features of DLG's PeopleTalk system:
* users can create rooms at any time * minimum baud rate and user level can be set for each room * people can view users in a room * users in conference can send private messages to others in the same
* system wide message broadcast upon room creation
DLG has powerful options for SysOp control of the entire system: Here are some features:
* a full point and click install program will have you up and running
within minutes 47 different attributes of each user can be edited, including:
* user level which determines access to auto-access message and file
areas, and to menu command selections
* daily and session time limits * time used today * 'K' uploaded / downloaded * upload / download ratio * netmail credit * bulletin write access * UUCP write and client privileges * definable archivers that users can select for mail packing and the
system can use for viewing archives
* multiple user validation templates make validating new users fast
* batch user editing capabilities * users can be purged based on number of days since last call and can
be excluded from this based on user level
* message and file areas can be easily created/edited/deleted * groups of users can be created for batch private mailing
OTHER FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:
* the language / format of the new user application form is
* SysOp can break into chat with a user at any time * user can page the SysOp for chat * a requester is popped on the workbench screen that indicates who is
paging and the SysOp can answer or ignore the chat request
* two colour chat display with full word wrap * chat keeps a full log file of all text entered in chat mode * single or double linefeeds can be selected for chat * configurable log entries * internal log entries can be assigned the user level required to view
* additional custom log entries can be defined * a logging utility is provided so that external tasks such as online
games and network mail events can be monitored
* File maintenance section * All files from a particular directory can be uploaded at once. The
SysOp can individually enter file descriptions, specify a single file description for all files, or take descriptions from filenotes
* All attributes of a file can be edited * message and file areas can be easily renumbered
Each BBS line can be configured separately. IE:
* modem configuration * BBS Name * public vs private (only users in a certain group have access) * idle timeout delay * minimum baud rate * initial menu to be used * default login command stack * screen colors * forced login command stack (applied before a user's personal login
* language * character mapping * SysOp can easily monitor users who are online * custom and workbench screens are supported * screens for current online users can be open and closed from
* any screen resolution / depth can be used * any non-proportional font can be used * can have a screen open automatically as each user logs in or have
them remain closed for more memory / CPU efficiency
* can configure screens to open only for designated users
* access to serial ports is managed so that term programs and network
mail software will not interfere with the BBS
* automated tasks that use the serial port are executed one at a time
as the serial port becomes available
* access to message and file areas is managed so that conflicts do not
arise between users and network mail software
* a powerful event scheduler is provided necessary for a 24hr
automated system especially if networked mail is being used
* events can be scheduled to occur on any combination of minute, hour,
day of week, day of month, month of year
* typical uses include scheduling of mail events, renumbering of
message areas, dynamically regulating access to phone lines DROP TO DOS
* SysOp has full access to DOS from remote * limited access to DOS can be given to users * access to DOS commands is configured based on user level * number of arguments allowed for each DOS command can be set
MENUS & DOORS
* powerful menu configuration * any number of menus can be configured * menu items can launch batch files, executables, other menus,
command stacks, or special DLG batch files
* any program that runs with standard input / output from a CLI can be
run from a menu
* menu items are accessible by user level * user's only see the menu items they can access * SysOp-editable help files can be attached to any menu item * up to 128 custom menu TSETS' can be added to the system to allow
thousands of custom displays to be defined
* custom menu displays have no limits - they are totally free-form can
still maintain the Tsmart menu' philosophy where the user only sees the commands that are available at the time
OBTAINING A DEMO OF DLG
For a live demo of DLG Professional BB/OS, call the DLG development BBS at:
BBS: (306) 249-2352
Voice: (306) 665-3811 Fax: (306) 665-3811
FidoNet address: 1:140/90
Mailing address: #20 - 1524 Rayner Avenue,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 1Y1
5.05 - Excelsior! BBS
- Info for Excelsior! BBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
5.06 - MEBBS
MEBBSNet v1.0 highlights
Fixes, and changes you can expect to see in MEBBSNet v1.0 are:
o DRASTIC reduction in executable size. The MEBBSNet executable is
now under 270k vs. 380k+ for StarNet. (Possibilities are good it will shrink even further before release as fine tuning continues).
o DRASTIC reduction in the amount of system STACK usage. MEBBSNet
only requires a 20k stack for operation (Down from 60k in StarNet).
o DRASTIC increase in execution speed. Sophisticated programming
techniques and removal of 'busy loops' have resulted in incredible speed increases in system operation.
o Removal of all Enforcer and MungWall problems. The software has
been converted to TRUE 32bit base-relative addressing, and uses a 'vanilla' compile (no switches needed at compile time).
o All Date handling code rewritten from the ground up for proper
o WorkBench v1.3 Compatable.
o Complete new file transfer protocol operation. Existing file
transfer protocols have been completely removed (and subjected to a horrible, fiery death). XPR protocols are now used for file transfers, and are Sysop configurable via an included GUI utility. There is no hardcoded limit to the number of XPR's you may use.
(Hooks are in place to allow XPR protocols to be configurable by
accesslevel in v2.0)
o Libraritized Task Management system keeps memory usage to a minimum
while maintaining a secure and stable environment.
o 3rd Party Developers Library and programming support
(MEBBSutility.library). Developers are furnished full library information, example code, and complete documentation in 'autodoc' format.
o 3rd Party Developers are assured upwards compatability with new
releases of the MEBBSutility.library. No more recompiling when a new version is released. If it works under MEBBSNet v1.0, it will work under future releases.
o Graphic User Interface (GUI) utilities for Editing system
configuration, Users, and Files (MEBBScfg, MEBBSue, MEBBSfl).
MEBBSue (User Editor) feature highlights:
Hotkey launch from BBS screen. Find New users Add new users FAST searching. Point/click search ability on upto 2 fields at once. Ability to delete user(s) waiting mail file. Full report generating capabilities w/definable path:filename.
MEBBScfg (System configuration) feature highlights:
Hotkey launch from BBS screen. Full report generating capabilities w/definable path:filename. Changes made are updated immediately, not just upon exit. Full point-n-click operation for adding file/message areas, access levels, and all system paths.
MEBBSfl (File Area Maintenance) feature highlights:
Hotkey launch from BBS screen. Built-in Help. Ability to 'localize' language used for Help functions. ARexx port. Adopt/OnDisk functions for adding/removing files. Check/Change file extensions (great when using re-archivers) Filenote files with short descriptions. Kill/Move/Rename/Edit file functions. Update file information (size, etc.) Sort existing files in file catalog. Fully configuable filelist generation via Point-n-click or Arexx. Includes all aspects of file catalog entries such as uploader,default description, <Free Download> All features are configurable to operate on either individual file areas or on a global basis. Full report generating capabilities w/definable path:filename.
o Support for alternate character sets. o Full Internal ASCII string configurability. This includes not only
the text itself, but also the Menu Command letters.
o Sysop-definable font for bbs screen(s). o Serial I/O has been rewritten from the ground up with an eye on
stability and speed.
o Support for 16,800, 19,200, 21,600 bps modems and ISDN lines. o NEW Modem Compiler. o NEW Menu Compiler. o NEW ARexx port (with MORE features). o NEW Nodelist Compiler (MEBBSnlp) is full-featured and FAST. o CLI Door support. o Emulator for running existing StarNet doors (games). o NEW Line-oriented Message Editor o Line Editor has the ability to upload a message from disk and dump
a message to disk (or printer).
o All file I/O code rewritten. (No more 'lost' files.) o Internal File Indexing routines rewritten using linked-lists.
ReIndexing now is fast (system dependant) as well as easy on the CPU.
o Support for alternate 'FrontEnds' rewritten for proper operation. o Internal FrontEnd now supports EMSI. EMSI is sysop configurable
(On/Off) and will properly fall-back to YooHoo (then lotek) if it fails to get an EMSI connect. Support for 9 (nine) network addresses. Addresses now use a common inbound/outbound area. No more multiple inbound/outbound directories!
o NEW Tosser/Packer (MEBBStoss), is 5x faster than the previous
Tosser/Packer. MEBBStoss supports 4-D Addressing, FidoNet 2.2 packet headers, and Packet-level passwording. Exports conform to Fidonet 2.0 message standards.
o MEBBStoss has the ability to generate a report on your mail areas
for debugging purposes when setting up FidoNet.
o Packet-level passwords are Sysop configuable for inbound mail,
outbound mail, or both.
o Mail packets are processed in chronological order. No more reading
replies before the original.
o Poll packet generation can be done on a z:n/n.p basis, or use the
Call_<line>.ctl file to generate multiple poll packets at once.
o Tosser/Packer has the (Sysop definable) ability to auto-create new
echomail areas as they are received. MEBBStoss generates E-Mail to Sysop with full stats on the area(s) created. MEBBStoss auto-updates the Areas.cfg file with the new tagname(s) for reduced Sysop maintenance requirements. Path to new message areas is configuable.
o EchoMail security features abound (even with nodes you already
connect to). Network connections and mail processing now have security features which are several orders of magnitude above that which existed previously.
o Netmail routing as Originator or Passthru. o Point.CTL file removed. All point information is contained in
Areas.CFG and is listed in 4D format.
o PassThru.ctl removed. All Passthru information is contained in
Areas.CFG. PassThru areas do not need a message base
(or any other directory space) on your system other than the space
the outbound (passthru) mail packet(s) will occupy.
o Tagnames are no longer tied to a particular messagebase #. If you
move a messagebase from one area to another, Areas.CFG no longer needs to be modified.
o MEBBStoss has a RESET commandline switch to auto-update all high
message counters automatically.
o .TIC files are deleted upon sucessful transmission. Reduced
maintenance for those who Hub in file networks is a result.
o Netmail/Fido File attaches now can use complete Path:To/Filename in
.FLO files for both convienience and space savings.
o Event handling completely rewritten. The old problem of a user
getting shorted daily time because an upcoming event was near is no longer a factor if the next event also allows callers (MEBBSNet will execute the script(s) in the background). 64,000 (sixtyfour thousand) scripts supported for your convienience. Flags for start of event script, fidoin, fidoout, and user logoff. Also configurable are file requests, crashmail, mailonly, and nonetwork. If NoNetwork is selected, the bbs will not display the 'Press Escape' prompt, and go directly to the Welcome screen. This has been added for those systems who do not belong to any network(s).
o NewUser Login has been rewritten for more logical operation. The old
problem of a newuser entering an existing handle no longer dumps them back to the beginning.
o NodeList search function rewritten for proper operation. Display has
been reorganized to show Net address, system name, and phone number.
o MEBBSbase now removes 'holes' (deleted file #'s) from the filebases
upon initialization (aka 'NOGAPS'). A CLI/Shell utility is supplied (CleanCatalog) to automatically remove duplicate filenames from your file areas. CleanCatalog generates a batch file which (if executed) will also delete the files themselves.
o General reorganization of the system for more logical operation. For
FidoNet(c) systems, Areas.cfg now handles 4-D Addressing, Passthrus, and tagnames.
o All user-configurable text files (.ctl) now reside in the
MEBBSnet:Configfiles directory. A Sysop now need only look there to find configurable textfiles. 3rd party developers are encouraged to use this reorganizational change for their utilities also. Binary configuration files are located in MEBBSNet:S
o Log files now are more descriptive and consistant. This will allow
for 3rd party utilities for billing, and other things that rely upon system logs for operation to operate easier and with greater efficiency.
o Modem Dial-out functions have been completely rewritten. o New miscellaneous CLI/Shell utilities include:
BBSStringParse Compile ASCII strings within the executable into binary. BBSStringDump Take bbs stings (binary) file and dump to ASCII CheckEvent Returns information about current running event. CleanCatalogs Remove duplicate filenames from file catalogs.
Generates script file that can be edited and executed to remove duplicate filenames themselves.
DinkyRobo WB2.0 GUI message posting utility. FrekIt Generates list of file-requestable files. Supports
'magicnames' include file, ability to remove file extensions from requestable names, attach passwords.
KillEmpty Kill any file listed by AmigaDOS as <Empty> ProtocolConfig WB2.0 XPR protocol configuration. NLSearch Find a node in the nodelist. ReScanStrings Edit BBS ASCII strings, recompile, then use this
utility to make MEBBSNet aware of the new changes.
TestMessage View message headers. TestPacket View Fido packet headers. TestRoute View Fido routed netmail. ShowModemDat View compiled Modem_<line>.Dat file as MEBBSNet sees it.
o This is not to mention the dozens of little changes and refinements
to remove backwards logic in things that worked before.
o Eight Support Site systems available 24 hours a day to registered
users. Four are located in the United States, 1 each in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. All are available via FidoNet(c) and some are available via alternate networks.
o Software Upgrade Fees, MEBBSNet v1.0:
Registered StarNet licensees: NO CHARGE
o Documentation Upgrade Fees, MEBBSNet v1.0: (Not set at this time)
A completely new manual will be made available upon release. Due to printing costs, it will be made available at our cost (We are NOT in the manual selling business!). Cost has not been determined at this time, and will be set after quotes have been received from printers.
Roger Walker Director, MEBBSNet BBS Product Development MEBBS Engineering and Software
5.07 - X E N O L I N K v1.90
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT: XENOLINK 1.90
Next Generation Professional Bulletin Board Software Copyright (C) 1990-1994 Xenomiga Technology Available: March, 1994
The principle upon which Xenolink has been designed:
"If a QuickSort in C is faster than a Bubble Sort in Assembly Language, then let Xenolink be the QuickSort in Assembly Language."
Xenolink's efficient new architecture is now faster and more compact than ever.
The changes are obviously far too numerous to list, but a brief synopsis of the areas affected is listed below:
- Attractive AmigaDOS Release 2 interface - Vastly enhanced security features - Improved door support - Completely redesigned FidoNet support - Decrease in the already low usage of memory and disk space - Even faster operation than before
Xenolink 1.90 has been tested as never before, by countless beta testers with setups ranging from Amiga 500's to 4000's, 68000's to 68040's, CD-ROMs, FAX-Modems, HST 16.8k modems, Point hosts, Network hubs, multi-line systems - the list goes on.
- Designed and written for AmigaDOS Release 2 and above. - Superlative reliability - Very easy to use - Attractive interface - State of the art software design and system architecture - Full multi-line capability - Configurability to an almost sinful degree - Foreign language support - Highly efficient use of memory and disk space - Optimised high speed performance - Object Oriented library and door interface - Full XPR (External Protocol) support - Low CPU usage - Supports all serial cards and all baud rates - Uses Commodore's (GUI) Installer program for easy installation - Mature software; large amount of third party Xenolink software
- Large private support network linking together hundreds of Xenolink
owners with Xenomiga Technology.
Base Software Architecture
- Xenolink Resource Handler controls access to all Xenolink resources. - Avoids unnecessary disk activity if a resource (such as a message.
base or file area) is in use by more than one process.
- Crash protection; if a door crashes or hangs a Xenolink node, system
data files and log files are preserved, even on the node that crashed.
- Automatic resource preloading enables Xenolink to asynchronously
open files before they are required, thus reducing the bottleneck caused by disk activity.
- Dynamic memory and resource allocation - Xenolink and its accompanying utilities are residentable (extremely low memory usage for multiple nodes) - Extensive use of xenolink.library shared library routines - All executables are very compact (needless compiler overhead
DISK SPACE USAGE
- Two files per message area, for unequalled speed and compactness - Three files per file area - Compact user data files - Real-time data compression used on compiled nodelist - Xenolink's compact data files have numerous advantages:
o Very high speed operation due to the small number of files used o Minimises disk fragmentation o Data files are easily archived o Makes backing up very easy (very few files to back up)
- Very fast implementation of fast algorithms (both are important!) - Enhanced Global Quick Indexing (EQDX) algorithms enable virtually
instantaneous location of any file catalogue entry or user.
- Written in C and assembly language, using SAS/C Version 6 - Any area requiring speed has been written directly in assembly
language; this includes: o Screen/modem i/o o Mail processing parsing and i/o o Searching o Sorting o Hashing o Semaphoring o CRC checking
- Only a few assign statements required.
o Xenolink does not require you to add countless assign statements to your startup-sequence o Location of all directories specified in "dir.config" file
- Separate configuration files, stored in a single directory:
o General/global configuration options o Node configuration o Message bases o File areas o User access templates o Bulletins o Archivers o External protocols o BBS text o BBS entry points o Access restrictions
- FidoNet configuration files stored in a separate directory:
o Node security (password, default protocol, archive type, send type) o Nodelist configuration o NetMail routing and forwarding o EchoMail area configuration (origin lines, feeds, passthrough are as)
DOOR SOFTWARE SUPPORTED:
- Full CLI door support
o Any program that runs in your CLI (shell) can be run as a door o Does NOT require the use of fifo.library or custom handler files
- DOS Shell feature allows the CLI shell to be run within Xenolink
- AREXX interface
o Complies with the ABBEREXX door standard o Supports many commands used by other BBS programs o Many Xenolink specific commands
- Can run many Paragon/Star-Net doors
- Xenolink doors run in the same task context as Xenolink itself:
o Eliminates task context switching o Door interface provides direct hooks into Xenolink functions
- Xenolink's shared library (xenolink.library) provides an easy to use
Object Oriented Interface for door programmers:
o Complete access to users, messages, the file catalogue, system configuration, linked lists, node operations & tilde codes. o Doors may initiate file transfers, send messages to other nodes. o Doors which use the Xenolink library routines extensively are often as fast as Xenolink.
- Internal BBS commands can be replaced by external modules.
Where can I purchase Xenolink 1.90 & how much does it cost?
- None provided at the time of this release.
Xenolink can be ordered from the author:
Jonathan Forbes 1132 Bay Street Suite 1101 Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z4 Canada
US$ 150 + $15 P&P if ordered directly from the author, contact your local support board for the price in your currency.
Contact your local support board for the latest information file and demoversion of Xenolink.
Local support sites:
BBS Name: The Castle Arrgh! Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Fido #: 1:153/727.0 Phone #: 604-327-9494 SysOp: Jeno Horvath Baud/Modem: 1200/14.4k - SupraFAX
BBS Name: Electronic Image Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Fido #: 1:167/165.0 Phone #: 514-937-9984 SysOp: Sean Mollitt Baud/Modem: 1200/14.4k - Dual Standard
BBS Name: The Amiga Alliance Location: Sedalia, MO USA Fido #: 1:280/81.0 Phone #: 816-827-1688 SysOp: Ron Teague Baud/Modem: 2400/14.4k - Dual Standard
BBS Name: The Attic Location: Methuen, MA, USA Fido #: 1:324/125.0 Phone #: 508-975-2340 SysOp: Mike Soucy Baud/Modem: 1200/14.4k - v32bis Sportster
BBS Name: Destroyers Den Location: Napa, CA, USA Fido #: 1:161/903.0 Phone #: 707-255-0784 SysOp: Robert Thaller Baud/Modem: 2400/21.6 - Dual Standard
BBS Name: The Mouse Trap Location: San Diego, CA, USA Fido #: 1:202/121.0 1:202/122.0 Phone #: 619-464-2134 SysOp: Bruce Lawson Baud/Modem: 1200/21.6 - Dual Standard (v32/HST)
BBS Name: Arkham Asylum Location: Stockholm, Sweden Fido #: 2:201/244.0 UseNet Add: Daniel_Frost@bad.se Phone #: +46-8-626-9355 SysOp: Daniel Frost Baud/Modem: 1200/28.8k - V32bis/V.FC
BBS Name: Disaster Teams BBS Location: Landskrona, Sweden Fido #: 2:200/219.0 Phone #: +46-418-36999 SysOp: Micke Persson Baud/Modem: 2400/14,4k - Dual Standard
BBS Name: Fish Disc Office Switzerland Location: Buttwil, Switzerland Fido # : 2:301/562.0 Phone #: +41-57-443222 SysOp: Adrian Glutz Baud/Modem: 1200/14,4k - HST
BBS Name: Echo BBS Dordrecht Location: Dordrecht, Holland Fido #: 2:285/312.0 Phone #: +31-78-180305 Usenet: email@example.com Sysop: Bart Schraa Baud/Modem: 1200/14.4k - ZYX/V32bis
BBS Name: BAT Location: Lisboa, Portugal Fido #: 2:362/4.0 Phone #: +351-1-705070 SysOp: Paulo Laureano Baud/Modem: 1200/14.4k - V32bis
BBS Name: Pertos Asshole Location: Aarhus, Denmark Fido #: 2:230/815 Phone #: +45-867-20273 SysOp: Kenneth Perto Baud/Modem: 1200/16.8k - Dual Standard
BBS Name: Amiga Central Location: Redditch, United Kingdom Fido #: 2:253/167 Phone #: +44-527-69701 Usenet: firstname.lastname@example.org SysOp: Martin Wasley Baud/Modem: 300/21.6k - Dual Standard Terbo
BBS Name: Sidecar Express BBS Location: Logan Village, Queensland, Australia Fido #: 3:640/463.0 Phone #: +61-75-463-252 - MultiLine Usenet: email@example.com SysOp: Brendan Pratt Baud/Modem: 300 - 14400 v32bis + ZyXEL 19200
BBS Name: Pipeline BBS Location: Auckland, New Zealand Fido #: 3:772/250.0 AmigaNet #: 41:649/250.0 Phone #: +64-9-262-3563 - MultiLine SysOp: Dan Croft Baud/Modem: 1200 - 14400 v32bis
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What is the address for Citadel BBS & how much does it cost?
NAME OF THE PRODUCT: Amiga Citadel BBS(also know as Citadel 68K)
ADDRESS: SNAIL MAIL: Custom Services P. O. Box 254 Moorestown, NJ 08057
BBS: The Amiga Zone (609) 953-8159 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
COST: FREEWARE, but donations accepted.
Brief Description Of Amiga Citadel BBS(also know as Citadel 68K)
Can be run on an A500 with 1.3 ROM and 512K with 2 floppies, but is very limited.
Any Amiga with 2.04 ROM or better, 20 MB HD space, and 2 MBs or more of memory.
Citadel is a FREEWARE BBS project that is supported on the Amiga, IBM, MAC(although the MAC is inactive now), and Atari.
Citadel is a room-based system. It is excellent for messaging. The basic organization is in floors and rooms. While other BBS programs have a message base as a secondary item attacked to the BBS, in Citadel it is the BBS. Floors are a group of rooms. Floors are a partitioning of the rooms into groups so that sysops and users can manipulate their view of the system(you can for example forget a whole floor). Think of floors as similar to conferences. The basic unit is a room. A room is a location of a conversation. Messages are that conversation. Most rooms will have a topic (Like Amiga, MS-DOS, ect), some rooms can be shared with other systems(networked). Room-based systems like Citadle have an extremely streamlined set of commands for fast access to the messages.
History Of Amiga Citadel
Citadel was created in Nov. 1981 from something called DandD.pas, a Dungeons and Dragons an adventure game editor/driver It then was substantially revised and made to run on a CP/M based system. Somewhere around April to June 1985 is became Citadel-86 with automatic networking.
Later, versions for the Amiga, Atari, and MAC were created by various people along with other variants for the IBM. The source was public domain and spreading like wildfile! I have maintained the Amiga Citadel since Jan 92 after complaining of bugs and was told by the current maintainer to put up or shut up… I inherited the source and have since done additional ports from the IBM source. Citadel is not perfect or bug free, but all the major features work and it is Enforcer hit free!
Basic functionality of Amiga Citadel
A Room is the basic unit. it may be: - Shared, networked with other systems on the C86Net, or even other
networks(like FIDOnet, USENET) via external programs.
- Private, Public, Hidden, or Invitational. Rooms default to public,
with all users invited. Hidden rooms are available to users if they know the name(a user tells the bbs to goto the room) after which it is public to them. The Invitational rooms are private and the room moderator must invite them to the room.
- Anonymous, where there is no user identification as to who posted the messages. This is great for door games where users can create their own identification using their door names. - Directory, where a sysop or aide can attach a directory for uploading and downloading of files. Files have a short and long display format. Users can not only up and download files, they can examine the contents of archives, extract and download just one file! Citadel has a powerful command set. - Doors may be attached to a room or globally accessable. Citadel uses a stdio door interface and can run many popular door. The interface is flexible enough that you can run any program that runs from a cli shell window. Citadel comes with a full set of documentations, help files for the user, and both a 68000 version and a 68030/20 version. Included in the documentation is a list of about 100 systems in Canada and the USA that are on the C86Net so you can call and ask questions. All required files can be found on the Amiga Zone BBS (609) 953-8159 along with door, external protocol and archives information.
Citadel comes with several large documentation files that detail all the inner workings of the configuration file and the BBS setup. Much of this is the IBM documentation, but there are Amiga specific files.
Citadel is FREEWARE and may not be sold. It may be distributed with any hardware or software collection so long as no charge is made for it.
Commercial use of Citadel may only be made to the extent that a BBS is being run. Pay BBSes must get prior approval from the authors or current maintianers before charging users for access. ———- continued in next message ———-