Synchronet BBS - Multinode Bulletin Board Software

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[18.1] - Appendix A: Command Line Specifiers

Specifiers (argument replacement) for use with command lines in SCFG and many
string-related Baja functions.

%a	User alias or name (may require surrounding with "'s)
%b	Baud (DTE) rate
%c	Connect description
%d	Connect (DCE) rate
%e	Estimated CPS rate*10
%f	File path/name (example: C:\SBBS\NODE1\DOOR.SYS)
%g	Temp directory (example: C:\SBBS\NODE1\TEMP\)
%h	HardWare flow control (Y/N)
%i	COM port IRQ line (if UART) or channel number (if Int 14h driver)
%j	Data directory (example: C:\SBBS\DATA\)
%k	Control directory (example: C:\SBBS\CTRL\)
%l	Maximum lines per message
%m	Minutes in the user's minute bank
%n	Node directory (example: C:\SBBS\NODE1\)
%o	Sysop's name (as specified in SCFG)
%p	COM port number (0 if local node)
%q	System's QWK ID (as specified in SCFG)
%r	Rows on user's terminal screen
%s	File specification (example: C:\FILES\*.ZIP) or current command string
%t	Time (in seconds) user has left online
%u	UART I/O address in hex or F=FOSSIL, B=PC BIOS, E=PS/2, D=DigiBoard
%v	Synchronet version (example: 200a is Version 2.00 Revision a)
%w	Timeslice API types supported (decimal bit field)
%x	User's command shell (internal code)
%y	COMSPEC environment variable or DOS Command Interpreter (if SBBS4OS2)
%z	Text directory (example: C:\SBBS\TEXT\)
%!	EXEC directory (example: C:\SBBS\EXEC\)
%#	Node number (same as SBBSNNUM environment variable)
%*	Node number (0 padded to 3 digits)
%$	User's credits
%%	Percent symbol
%&	Used for DCDWATCH utility
%?	Platform descriptions (e.g. Win32 or Linux) (v3+ Only)
%1	User number
%2	User number (0 padded to 2 digits)
%3	User number (0 padded to 3 digits)
%4	etc...

[18.3] - Appendix C: SBBS Environment Variables

During operation, Synchronet may write to several different environment
variables which can be utilized by other programs.  Some of these environment
variables are also used by the utility programs that are included with
Synchronet as well as third party programs written for Synchronet.  Following
is a list of environment variables and a brief explanation of them:

SBBSCTRL	This variable contains the path of the Synchronet CTRL
		directory.  This variable is NOT set by (and not required to
		run) SBBS, it must be set manually prior to running any
		programs which require it (the Synchronet NODE utility, for

SBBSNODE	This environment variable contains the path of the node
		directory of the current node. This variable is set by
		SBBS at the time it is executed. Some off-line utilities
		may require this environment variable be set during boot-up
		(AUTOEXEC.BAT), in which case it should point to your NODE1
		directory. SBBS.EXE will automatically reset this variable
		to point to the current node directory, for any online programs
		it may execute.

SBBSNNUM	This variable contains the NUMBER of the active node.  This
		variable is set by SBBS at the time it is executed.

SBBSFILENAME	This variable contains the NAME of the file currently being
		processed (up to 12 characters including '.', not padded with
		spaces).  This variable is set by Synchronet during 'Testable
		Filetype' events. The same information is written to the file
		SBBSFILE.NAM in the current node directory.

		NOTE: Upon returning from a 'Testable Filetype' event,
		      Synchronet will read in information contained in the
		      file SBBSFILE.NAM located in the current node directory
		      to determine if the filename has changed during the
		      testing process.

SBBSFILEDESC	This variable contains the ONE LINE DESCRIPTION of the file
		currently being processed (up to 58 characters).  This variable
		is set by Synchronet during 'Testable Filetype' events. The
		same information is written to the file SBBSFILE.DES in the
		current node directory.

		NOTE: Upon returning from a 'Testable Filetype' event,
		      Synchronet will read in information contained in the
		      file SBBSFILE.DES located in the current node directory
		      to determine if the file description has changed during
		      the testing process.

DSZLOG		This variable is automatically set by Synchronet to point to
		the file PROTOCOL.LOG in the current node directory. If a
		transfer protocol has been configured (in SCFG) to support
		DSZLOG, then this log file will be read in by Synchronet after
		the transfer is complete, to determine which files were
		successfully transferred and which files were not.

[18.5] - Appendix E: Node Status Display

Anywhere within Synchronet's Telnet/RLogin interface, you can list the users 
currently online with the Ctrl-U command.

From the Main, Transfer, Multinode Chat, or Private Chat sections you can list
the current status of all the nodes with the '/L' command.

You can display the status of all nodes from the DOS command line (or batch
file) with the NODE utility.

Node Status Line:

The format of each node status line is as follows:
Node n: username action connection (flags) [sysflags]

	 n = node number
  username = user's name
    action = what the user is currently doing
connection = how the user is connected (bps rate if remote)
     flags = letters representing special modes of the node:
		A - Activity Alert Disabled:
		    User of this node will not be notified of
		    other users logging on or off other nodes.
		L - Node is locked for sysop use:
		    Node is temporarily reserved for sysop
		    use only.
		M - Message waiting for node:
		    An unreceived node-to-node message is
		    waiting for this node.
		P - Page disabled:
		    User of this node does not wish to allow
		    users of other nodes to page him for chat
		    or send him node-to-node messages.

  sysflags = modes that are sysop settable/viewable only:
		A - Anonymous:
		    User on this node is in anonymous mode.
		D - Down:
		    This node will be shutdown as soon as possible.
		E - Event:
		    This node will run it's daily event (if one
		    is specified) before waiting for another
		I - Node will be interrupted:
		    Node connection will be terminated as soon
		    as possible.
		Q - Quiet:
		    User on this node is in quiet mode.
		R - Rerun:
		    This node will Rerun when user logs off.
		U - User data update:
		    This user's data has been modified by
		    another node and needs to be read from

If the node is not in use, the possible status are:
	Offline: Node is not currently running Synchronet
	Waiting for Call: Node is waiting for a call.
	Networking: Node is currently executing network functions.
	New User Logging On: A user is logging on as new.
	Waiting for all nodes to become inactive.
	Running external event.
	Waiting for node # to finish external event.

[18.6] - Appendix F: Log File Line Type Specifiers

Each line in the daily caller log has a line type specifier (the first 2
characters). The specifiers and their descriptions follow:

!! Critical error
!* User auto-deleted
!% User expired
!= New day for statistics
!: Ran event
@  Modem connection established
@- Modem connection terminated
@! Modem error
@* Caller-ID information
@R RIP support detected
@W WIP support detected
++ Logon
+! Logon error
N  New user begins application
N+ New user finishes application
N! New user fails application
S+ Sysop enabling function
S- Sysop disabling function
S! Sysop security error
P+ Posted message
P- Removed message
P! Posting error
E  Read E-mail
E- Deleted E-mail
E+ Sent E-mail
EN Sent NetMail
E! E-mail error
C  Chat function
U+ Upload
U- Removed Upload
U! Attempted upload
D- Download
D! Attempted download
X- External program execution
T- Read text file
M+ Moved message
Q! QWK error
L! Log already exists (possible crash)
$+ Gained credits
$- Lost credits
*+ Gained minutes
*- Lost minutes

To view today's caller log, hit 'L' from the WFC screen or ";LOG" from the
main menu. Yesterday's caller log can be viewed by hitting 'Y' at the WFC
screen, or ";YLOG" from the main menu. The log files are stored in the
DATA\LOGS directory with a file for each day named in the format: MMDDYY.LOG.

[18.7] - Appendix G: File Formats


	This is the drop file that Synchronet creates for Synchronet specific
        external programs. It is an ASCII text file with the format as follows:

Sample Data                             Description
Digital Man                             User name
Vertrauen                               System name
digital man                             System operator
The Guru                                System guru
..\CTRL\                                CTRL directory
..\DATA\                                DATA directory
5                                       Total nodes on system
5                                       Current node number
19448					Time left online (in seconds)
Yes                                     ANSI ? (Yes/No/Mono)
24                                      Lines per screen
10770335                                Credits
99					Security Level
12/31/69                                Birthdate
M					Sex (Gender)
1                                       User number
714-529-9525                            User phone number
0                                       COM port (0 if no modem or local)
3					COM port IRQ (or channel number)   [1]
2f8					COM port I/O address (in hex)	   [2]
2400                                    COM port DTE rate
No                                      Modem uses hardware flow ctrl (Y/N)
No                                      Modem locked at DTE rate (Y/N)
ATQ0V0E0M1X4&C1&D2H0                    Modem initialization string
                                        Modem special init string
ATV1E1X4                                Modem terminal mode init string
ATDT                                    Modem dial prefix
ATH1M0                                  Modem off-hook string
ATA                                     Modem answer string
795154132                               Address of Modem Status Register
11                                      Number of External Programs
Global War                              Names of External Programs (or blank
Trade Wars 2002                                 if user doesn't have access)
Food Fight!
Pit Fiend ][
Dice War
Synchronet Blackjack!
Domain Poker
Synchronet Upgrade Door
Credit Card Order Door
AB D F	 J				User's Flags #1
 BC   G  JK N				User's Flags #2
A          L       T                    User's Exemptions
    D                                   User's Restrictions
2b43cfd0                                Expiration Date (Unix format in hex)
PO Box 501				User's Address
Yorba Linda, Ca 			User's Location
92686					User's Zip/Postal Code
A   E					User's Flags #3
 B  EFG 				User's Flags #4
1					Timeslice API types
Rob Swindell				User's real name or company name
14400					User's DCE rate
..\EXEC\				EXEC directory (BBS executable files)
..\TEXT\				TEXT directory (TEXT files)
TEMP\					TEMP directory
VERT					System's QWK ID
22C8					Node toggle options (in hex)

[1]: IRQ line if UART COM port type or Channel (zero based) if Int 14h type
[2]: I/O base address if UART COM port type or:

	E = PS/2 BIOS
	D = DigiBoard


        This is an optional file created by external programs to modify the
        data of the current user. It is an ASCII text file with the format:

Sample Data                             Description
-500                                    Credit Adjustment
60					Security Level
AB  E	I				Flags #1 to add
      G 				Flags #2 to add
A	       P   T			Exemptions to add
					Restrictions to add
2b43cfd0                                Expiration Date (Unix format in hex)
0					Add these number of minutes to bank
			   XYZ		Flags #3 to add
		       TUV		Flags #4 to add
	 J				Flags #1 to remove
	   L				Flags #2 to remove
					Flags #3 to remove
					Flags #4 to remove
   D					Exemptions to remove
A					Restrictions to remove

        If any of the lines in the file are blank, that user item is not
	modified. The security level cannot exceed 89.

NOTE: Technical specifications and C source code for Synchronet configuration
      and data files can be downloaded from Vertrauen.

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Copyright 2006 by Rob Swindell

Synchronet BBS Software
(Synchronet) Version 3 is comprised of several documentation,
library, executable, and source code files, all of which are covered by the
GNU General Public License
with the exception of the following portions covered by
the GNU Lesser General Public License: SMBLIB and XSDK.

Synchronet Version 2 (for DOS and OS/2) and its source code was released to the
Public Domain
by Digital Dynamics in 1997 and remains Public Domain software today.
Synchronet Version 3 is not Public Domain software.

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