Synchronet v3.18b-Win32 (install) has been released (Sept-2020).

Synchronet v3.19a, now under development, requires libarchive-dev to build successfully.

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Files

Adding Files

Question:
How do I add files to the file database?

Answer:
The easiest way is to use the ADDFILES utility script which can automatically detect and import embedded descriptions (e.g. FILE_ID.DIZ).

You may also use the ;UPLOAD sysop command via the terminal server to add files from the local file system into the file database. Using this command, you will be prompted to enter file descriptions, but if the files being added have embedded file descriptions (e.g. FILE_ID.DIZ) then they will be used for extended file descriptions.

Long Filenames

Question:
Are long filenames (greater than the MS-DOS 8.3 format) supported?

Answer:
Yes, in Synchronet v3.19 (current development).

Large Files

Question:
Are large files (larger than 4GB in size) supported?

Answer:
Yes, in Synchronet v3.19 (current development).

Note: The ZMODEM file transfer protocol has issue transferring files larger than 2GB or 4GB (depending).

Ratios

Question:
How do I enable forced upload/download ratios?

Answer:
By default, Synchronet utilizes a “credit” system, where a user typically earns credits by uploading files, posting messages, playing online games, etc. And downloading files requires a number of credits based on the size of the file.

If you prefer to use a less flexible upload/download “ratio” system, you can do so by using the UDR (upload/download byte ratio) or UDFR (upload/download file ratio) ARS keywords in the Download Requirements of your file areas. These ARS keywords, like the PCR (post/call ratio) keyword use a specified minimum “percentage”. So if you wish to enforce a 1:3 upload/download ratio, then use “UDFR 33” for 33%, 3:4 ratio would be “UDFR 75” for 75%, 1:2 would be “UDFR 50” for 50%, etc.

Free Downloads

Question:
How do I disable the credit requirements so users can download whatever files they want when they want?

Answer:
By default, Synchronet utilizes a “credit” system, where a user typically earns credits by uploading files, posting messages, playing online games, etc. And downloading files requires a number of credits based on the size of the file. Users can be automatically given a certain number of “free credits” per day (determined by the sysop), based on their security level value.

If you wish to allow your users to download from any file areas whether or not they have enough credits required for the file(s) they want to download, you may:

  • Give specific (or all) users the (D)ownload Cost exemption (e.g. using a user editor or the allusers utility), or
  • Set the “Free Downloads” Toggle Option for one or more of your file areas in SCFG to “Yes”

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