FBB is a Packet Radio BBS. This page has a bit of information about it.
FBB Administrators / Sysops
For people that maintain FBB.
The main place for documentation is the
file formats page under the
documentation section of f6fbb.org. What they call
init.srv is called
my system and has a more friendly but different format. Everything else
is pretty much as documented.
The first time you run fbb, it creates the config files. This is rather different than regular Unix tradition and came as a surprise to me.
You can log into it locally with
/usr/sbin/xfbbC -r -c -i YOURCALL
though this logs you in with sysop privileges.
Many new features in FBB aren’t mentioned in the regular documentation.
These include SMTP, NNTP, and POP interfaces, plus JNOS-style @areas in
themes.sys. And “new” here means, roughly, “new since 1999”. Some of
them are documented fairly well in the
POP, NNTP, and SMTP
FBB’s POP server provides a nice way for people to read P messages directed to them.
FBB’s NNTP server provides a nice way for people to read bulletins and post. Each
themes.systheme is presented as a newsgroup.
SMTP provides a way for people to send P messages.
None of its gateways provide a way to transmit or read traffic.
Here are some tips:
Set your From line to
CALL@BBS.HIER(that is, your full hierarchical address)
The Newsgroups line for bulletins posted should be set to CALL@DEST – for instance, LINUX@WW. Note that this will be different than the Newsgroups line for incoming bulletins, which will be set according to THEMES.SYS.
The NNTP server is buggy. See the tips at Modern Clients With FBB
POP requires authentication; set a password with EU. You may also have to set flags like modem – not sure on that. NNTP requires authentication to post. SMTP does not support authentication at all.
Homepage and Releases
The FBB homepage is http://www.f6fbb.org/. Old releases and some documentation is available there. However, newer versions are not appearing there. The newest version as of Dec 2010 is 7.04r13, which is available at http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb/xd704r13-src.tar.bz2. Other releases can probably be expected to appear at http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb.
Held Bulletins and First Line Issues
reject.sys will hold pretty much all bulletins. Sometimes
this also causes bulletins to get a corrupted first line. I suggest
starting with an empty
These should be organized better.
From f6bvp, 12/19/2010:
Hi All, As always it is strongly recommended to read README file to get elementary instructions on how to compile and install any software. For more practical details, you may have a look at FPAC MINI HOWTO chapter dedicated to installing FBB (with or without the unvaluable level 3 ROSE network packet switch router FPAC, written by F6FBB). http://rose.fpac.free.fr/MINI-HOWTO/#s102 Then, for configuring FBB, sysops may read Charley's K4GBB text http://rose.fpac.free.fr/MINI-HOWTO/BBS-keywords.txt Complete FBB software documentation may be browsed here http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb/html/ and you can download the following files : http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb/FBB7UT_G.DOC http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb/fbb7ut_g.zip
Links to this note
Packet radio, also known as AX.25, is a specific type of Digital Amateur Radio. Packet radio works somewhat like the Internet in that it splits communications into discrete packets, performs error checking on these packets, automatically requests retransmision of packets that arrived with errors, and thus provides a reliable and error-free communication channel.
Packet BBSs like FBB (Packet BBS) work great for what they’re intended to do: provide access to messaging within a low-bandwidth environment. They, however, don’t do a good job of things such as tracking what bulletins you’ve already read.