Synchronet v3.15b-Win32 (upgrade) has been released (Oct-2011).
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Answers to miscellaneous Frequently Asked Questions regarding Synchronet.
How do I eliminate the requirement that new users send feedback/mail to the sysop during sign-up?
In Synchronet for Windows, run the Configuration Wizard and un-check the “Require new user feedback” check-box.
Or, set SCFG→Nodes→Node 1→Advanced Options→Validation User to “0”. If you want your new user validation feedback (e-mail) to go to another user, enter that user's number here.
How do I get my BBS listed on the Synchronet BBS List?
The best way is to first join DOVE-Net, then run the Synchronet BBS List (SBL) door on *your* BBS and add an entry for your BBS. This entry should be automatically exported to the DOVE-Net SYNCDATA echo which will then be propagated to Vertrauen and every other BBS on DOVE-Net. The sbbslist.html page is automatically generated on Vertrauen every night at midnight (Pacific time), so wait a day or so for your entry to appear on the list. If it doesn't appear, verify that that your BBS entry was properly exported (as a message) to the SYNCDATA message area. The events that run SMB2SBL and SBL2SMB to import and export BBS entries should be configured by default. If they are not, see xtrn/sbl/sbl.doc for more details.
Why am I getting the following error when running SBBS?
source: logon.cpp action: checking object: Daily stats time stamp
Because your system's date/time has been adjusted backwards more than 24 hours.
- Shutdown the BBS
- Fix your system date/time
- Restart the BBS
How can I migrate my Synchronet configuration and data to a new computer?
You can simply copy the Synchronet directory tree (e.g.
C:\SBBS), complete with all sub-directories, to the new computer.
Synchronet doesn't require installation on a computer, but if you wish to, you can install Synchronet on the new computer and then simply over-write the installed files with your migrated files.
If the target (new) computer is running Windows and you choose not to install, then you may want to create a shortcut to
sbbsctrl.exe in your Windows
Startup folder (so it will automatically run when you login) and/or install the Synchronet NT Services (which can run without logging-in as a user). If the target computer is running Windows Vista or later, then you'll also want to follow the solution to this FAQ as well.
If the source (old) computer was running Windows and you wish to preserve any changes you made to the Synchronet Control Panel settings (stored in the Windows registry), you can export those settings to a
sbbsctrl.ini file (using the File→Export Settings menu option) and then import them into the Synchronet Control Panel running on the new computer (using the File→Import Settings menu option). These settings include some changes made via the File→Properties menu. Settings made in most other menus in the Synchronet Control Panel are stored in your
If you wish to only migrate configuration and data files (e.g. over an new installation of Synchronet), copy (recursively) the following Synchronet sub-directories to the new computer:
If you customized any of your filter (
.can) or menu (e.g.
.asc) files, you'll also want copy (recursively) the following directory:
If you customized any of your executable modules (e.g.
.js), you'll also want copy the following directory:
Why are there more messages in my message base than the configured maximum number of messages for that sub-board in SCFG?
The maximum number of messages configured via SCFG→Message Areas … Sub-boards (and visible when using the
smbutil s command as the
max_msgs value) is enforced when the message maintenance (e.g.
smbutil m command) is executed.
By default, Synchronet comes with a pre-configured Timed Event called
MSGMAINT, set to run weekly, which will perform normal message base maintenance on all of the message bases in your
data directory, including the deleting of old messages, if necessary, to meet the configured “Maximum Messages” value. Timed events may also be forced by the sysop to run immediately at any time, if desired.