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The Synchronet BBS List module (
exec/sbbslist.js) provides the following functionality:
- Online BBS List (interactive door mode or just a read-only listing)
- Exports locally created BBS entries to networked message base (e.g. SYNCDATA)
- Imported BBS entries from networked message base
- Generates HTML output (e.g. http://synchro.net/sbbslist.html)
- Generates SyncTERM BBS directory file (i.e.
- Auto-synchronizes statistics (e.g. totals) in the local system's entry in the database
- Auto-verifies TCP/IP services of listed BBSes and tracks the results
As of this writing, sbbslist v4 is known to be compatible with Synchronet v3.17.
printf() bug in Synchronet v3.16 causes sbbslist v4 to crash in Synchronet for Linux, but appears to work fine in the Windows build.
Files known to be required by sbbslist v4:
SBL v3 Compatibility
When sbbslist v4 is run, it looks for its database file,
data/sbbslist.json. If the database file doesn't exist, it'll attempt to upgrade from the old SBL database
xtrn/sbl/sbl.dab to the new JSON format automatically. This upgrade should normally only happen one time, but you can always force an upgrade again (over-writing your existing v4 database) by running
sbbslist upgrade (e.g. with jsexec).
Probably the most compelling feature of SBL was the ability to share (import-from and export-to) networked message bases (e.g. the DOVE-Net SYNCDATA message conference). This capability has been maintained and enhanced in v4:
- BBS entries posted using the old
SBL2SMBare imported into the new
- BBS entries are exported to message base(s) using both the old
SBL2SMBformat and a new JSON-encoding for newer features (e.g. answer screen preview)
Whereas SBL stored its configuration, data, and executable files in the
xtrn/sbl directory, sbbslist v4 uses the following Synchronet directories:
From command-line, run
jsexec sbbslist install
If all the prerequisites were met, this step will perform all the necessary configuration changes mentioned later in this document and you should be ready to go with the new Synchronet BBS List.
If you previously had the
SBL door in an external program section other than the first external program section, you may want to move the new
SBBSLIST configuration to that location (in SCFG->External Programs->Online Programs).
[sbbslist] sort = name reverse = false format = 0 add_ars = not guest beep = true sub = dove-syncdata live_preview = true backup_level = 5 export_freq = 7 max_inactivity = 180
|sort||The default list sort field (default: none)|
|reverse|| Reverse the default sort order (default:
|format|| The default browse list format (
|add_ars||The access requirements of a user able to add a BBS entry (default: none)|
|beep|| Set to false to disable beeps sent to the remote terminal (default:
|sub||Sub-board internal code for import and export command (default: auto-detected)|
|live_preview|| Set to true to enable live previews (outbound connections) while in browse mode (default:
|backup_level|| Over-ride the default number of backup files to maintain (default:
|export_freq|| Maximum export (to message-base) frequency, in days (default:
|max_inactivity|| Maximum number of days of entry inactivity before auto-deletion via
The configured/default sort field can also be specified on the
sbbslist command-line (e.g. using the
-sort option). The available sort fields are:
|name||BBS name (with “the” prefix and “BBS” suffix removed)|
|sysops||List of BBS's system operators|
|location||BBS's location (e.g. city, state, country)|
|phone_number||BBS's phone number (if it has one)|
|service_address||BBS's primary TCP service address|
|since||Date the BBS was first placed online|
|software||BBS software in use|
|web_site||BBS's web-site address|
|networks||List of message networks to which the BBS belongs|
|nodes||Total number of terminal server nodes|
|users||Total number of BBS users|
|subs||Total number of BBS message areas (sub-boards)|
|dirs||Total number of BBS file directories|
|doors||Total number of BBS online programs (doors)|
|msgs||Total number of public messages stored on the BBS|
|files||Total number of files available for download|
|storage||Total disk capacity|
|protocols||List of TCP protocols supported by the BBS|
|created_by||Name of user that created this BBS entry|
|created_on||Date that this BBS entry was created|
|updated_by||Name of user that last updated/edited this BBS entry|
|updated_on||Date that this BBS entry was last updated|
|verified_by||Name of user or program that last verified this BBS entry|
|verified_on||Date that this BBS entry was last verified|
|verify||Special sort order based on auto-verification results|
|active||Special sort order based on last-activity (modification or verification) date|
The default sort order is alphabetical for string fields and reversed (descending) for numeric fields.
This feature allows a browsing user to request a real-time capture and preview of a listed BBS's answer/login screen. This is not an interactive connection and does not allow the user to send data or control the remote BBS in any way. The TCP connection, if successful, lasts about 10 seconds.
sbbslist.js can be invoked from JSexec to utilize many of its functions, but for it's primary “browse” (BBS door) functionality, it must run from the Synchronet Terminal Server (e.g. as an
External Program, a.k.a. door).
The Synchronet BBS List may be added to your BBSes list of external programs (doors) available to users by adding it to SCFG->External Programs->Online Programs->Main, like so:
╔══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ Synchronet BBS List ║ ╠══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ │Name Synchronet BBS List ║ ║ │Internal Code SBBSLIST ║ ║ │Start-up Directory ║ ║ │Command Line ?sbbslist browse ║ ║ │Clean-up Command Line ║ ║ │Execution Cost None ║ ║ │Access Requirements ║ ║ │Execution Requirements ║ ║ │Multiple Concurrent Users Yes ║ ║ │Intercept I/O No ║ ║ │Native Executable No ║ ║ │Use Shell to Execute No ║ ║ │Modify User Data No ║ ║ │Execute on Event No ║ ║ │Pause After Execution No ║ ║ │BBS Drop File Type None ║ ║ │Place Drop File In Node Directory ║ ╚══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
If you have the old
SBL entry, you should remove it now.
browse mode does not *have* to be configured this way. Since
browse argument. No drop files are needed or used.
sbbslist.js can be invoked as a timed event to provide many important features:
If the local system is listed in the database, it can be automatically updated (e.g. monthly) by adding a timed event to SCFG->External Programs->Timed Events, like so:
╔════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ SBLUPDAT Timed Event ║ ╠════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ │Internal Code SBLUPDAT ║ ║ │Start-up Directory ║ ║ │Command Line ?sbbslist update -preview ║ ║ │Enabled Yes ║ ║ │Execution Node 1 ║ ║ │Execution Months Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Month 1 ║ ║ │Execution Days of Week All ║ ║ │Execution Time 00:00 ║ ║ │Requires Exclusive Execution No ║ ║ │Force Users Off-line For Event No ║ ║ │Native Executable No ║ ║ │Use Shell to Execute No ║ ║ │Background Execution No ║ ║ │Always Run After Init/Re-init No ║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
This will allow your BBS entry to automatically track your local system's statistics (e.g. number of users, door, message areas, etc.). Also, it will routinely re-export your BBS entry to any networked-message bases you have your BBS list linked with.
-preview argument if you do not want your BBS's login screen to be captured for later preview by potential users.
If you wish to override the address to which the module will connect to capture the preview, specify the IP address or host name like so:
?sbbslist update -preview=address
If your BBS is connected to DOVE-Net or FidoNet, you probably will want networked-posted BBS entries to be automatically imported into your database (
sbbslist.json) from the appropriate message base (e.g.
SYNCDATA). To do so, setup a timed event in SCFG->External Programs->Timed Events, like so:
╔════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ SMB2SBL Timed Event ║ ╠════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ │Internal Code SMB2SBL ║ ║ │Start-up Directory ║ ║ │Command Line ?sbbslist import ║ ║ │Enabled Yes ║ ║ │Execution Node 1 ║ ║ │Execution Months Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Month Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Week All ║ ║ │Execution Frequency 4 times a day ║ ║ │Requires Exclusive Execution No ║ ║ │Force Users Off-line For Event No ║ ║ │Native Executable No ║ ║ │Use Shell to Execute No ║ ║ │Background Execution No ║ ║ │Always Run After Init/Re-init No ║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
If you have the old
SMB2SBL timed event, you should remove it now.
If your BBS is connected to DOVE-Net or FidoNet, you probably will want your locally created BBS entries to be automatically exported from your database (
sbbslist.json) to the appropriate message base (e.g.
SYNCDATA). To do so, setup a timed event in SCFG->External Programs->Timed Events, like so:
╔════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ SBL2SMB Timed Event ║ ╠════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ │Internal Code SBL2SMB ║ ║ │Start-up Directory ║ ║ │Command Line ?sbbslist export ║ ║ │Enabled Yes ║ ║ │Execution Node 1 ║ ║ │Execution Months Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Month Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Week All ║ ║ │Execution Frequency 4 times a day ║ ║ │Requires Exclusive Execution No ║ ║ │Force Users Off-line For Event No ║ ║ │Native Executable No ║ ║ │Use Shell to Execute No ║ ║ │Background Execution No ║ ║ │Always Run After Init/Re-init No ║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
If you have the old
SBL2SMB timed event, you should remove it now.
This timed event (
SBLMAINT) is also helpful for auto-purging old/inactive BBS list entries based on the configured
max_inactivity duration (default: 180 days).
╔════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ SBLMAINT Timed Event ║ ╠════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ │Internal Code SBLMAINT ║ ║ │Start-up Directory ║ ║ │Command Line ?sbbslist maint ║ ║ │Enabled Yes ║ ║ │Execution Node 1 ║ ║ │Execution Months Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Month Any ║ ║ │Execution Days of Week All ║ ║ │Execution Time 00:00 ║ ║ │Requires Exclusive Execution No ║ ║ │Force Users Off-line For Event No ║ ║ │Native Executable No ║ ║ │Use Shell to Execute No ║ ║ │Background Execution No ║ ║ │Always Run After Init/Re-init No ║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
Commands are just words passed on the command-line to
sbbslist.js. Many commands are only there for trouble-shooting or experimental purposes.
|browse||Perform the interactive BBS-user door function for listing and adding systems to the list|
|list||Display all or part of the BBS list|
|dump||Perform a JSON-dump of the BBS list|
|count||Count the number of entries in the BBS list|
|upgrade|| Upgrade from the old SBL (
|backup|| Backup the BBS list database file (
|import||Import BBS entries from a networked message base|
|export||Export BBS entries to a networked message base|
|syncterm|| Export the BBS List to a SyncTERM compatible list file (
|html|| Export the BBS List to an HTML file (
|imsglist|| Export the BBS List to an instant-message system list file (
|sort=field||Sort the BBS List by the specified field|
|randomize||Randomize the BBS List|
|find=value||Find a string in the BBS List|
|verify||Verify the BBS List|
|save||Save the BBS List back to the database file|
|show||Show, in a basic plain format, the BBS List|
|add||Add the local system to the BBS List|
|update||Update the local system in the BBS List|
|delete|| Remove the local system from the BBS List (see also
|remove=<name>|| Remove an entry from the BBS List (see also
|preview=<name>||Capture the preview of the specified BBS entry|
|active||Display the last activity date of each entry in the BBS List|
|dedupe|| Remove duplicate entries from the BBS List (
|maint|| Delete old/inactive entries from the BBS List (
|install||Install the Synchronet BBS List in a Synchronet BBS|
Command-line options begin with a
- and modify the default behavior of
|-v||Increase console output verbosity (e.g. for trouble-shooting)|
|-f=<file>|| Specify an alternate JSON database path/filename (default is
|-quiet||Minimize console output|
|-exclude=<value>||Exclude select entries from the BBS List|
|-format=<value>|| Specify the default list format (
|-filter=<value>||Filter BBS List based on specified value|
|-all||Import/export all entries (even those locally created) - not normally recommended|
|-ptr=<value>||Over-ride the stored import/export message base pointer value|
|-addr=<value>||Specify the address to capture a BBS preview from|
|-preview|| Include a preview with a BBS List
|-sort=<value>||Sort the BBS List based on specified field|
|-reverse||Reverse the natural/default sort order|
|-remote|| Remove/delete an entry in remote/networked databases too (use with the
|-debug||Enable debug console/log output|
|-test||Perform non-destructive maintenance and de-duplication operations|
|-#||Limit the number of entries listed|