Synchronet v3.16c-Win32 (install) has been released (Aug-2015).

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Raspbian Install

Here are step-by-step instructions on building and installing Synchronet on a Raspbian computer (Raspberry Pi running Debian Linux OS).


These instructions were created using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B running Raspbian version 4.4.21:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ uname -a
Linux raspberrypi 4.4.21-v7+ #911 SMP Thu Sep 15 14:22:38 BST 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux


Get to a Terminal/command prompt (e.g. login via SSH or run the Terminal application from the PIXEL desktop). Login as your preferred user account to run the BBS software.

These instructions install Synchronet (source code, executables, configuration, and data files) into a sub-directory named sbbs off of the home directory of the current user (e.g. /home/pi/sbbs if logged in as the user pi). If you wish to install into a different directory (e.g. /sbbs instead of ~/sbbs), then change the following commands as you see fit.

Type each of these commands:

  1. sudo apt-get update
  2. sudo apt-get install cvs
  3. sudo apt-get install zip
  4. sudo apt-get install libnspr4-dev
  5. sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
  6. mkdir ~/sbbs
  7. cd ~/sbbs
  8. make install SYMLINK=1 (wait for build to complete successfully)
  9. export SBBSCTRL=~/sbbs/ctrl
  10. ~/sbbs/exec/scfg (configure as desired, see sbbs.ini for more Synchronet server settings)

Now you are ready to either run ~/sbbs/exec/sbbs directly (you'll need to run using sudo if you want to use TCP ports < 1024) or see this how-to for instructions on how to run sbbs as a daemon using systemd.

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