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BinkIT is a simple BinkP-only BSO mailer. It can be used instead of binkd, but does not have as many features and is still experimental.


  • BinkP 1.1 support (except for the undocumented No Dupes mode)
  • Supports BinkD compatible encryption
  • Supports secure CRAM-MD5 authentication
  • Full 5D support
  • Creates semaphore files for TIC ( and Fido ( events automatically
  • FREQIT integration for file requests from subs
  • Nodelist support, can read the hostname and port number from a nodelist


BinkIT should be configured both as a service and as a timed event.

Add the service in ctrl/services.ini:


Add the Timed Event in SCFG→External Programs→Timed Events:

Internal Code                   BINKIT
Start-up Directory
Command Line                    ?binkit.js
Enabled                         Yes
Execution Node                  1
Execution Months                Any
Execution Days of Month         Any
Execution Days of Week          All
Execution Frequency             288 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   Yes

The execution frequency is how often the outbound will be scanned. Inbound is handled by the service.

Command-line options

The following options may be specified on the command-line:

  • -p poll any links with the Poll=Yes option after running a normal outbound scan.
  • -P poll any links with the Poll=Yes option and *do not* run a normal outbound scan.
  • -l [node] poll the specified node and *do not* run a normal outbound scan. Cannot be used with -p or -P. Multiple -l options may be specified on the same command-line.


The ctrl/binkit.ini file holds the main configuration for BinkIT.

Global Options

  • Capabilities if set, changes the text in the M_NUL NDL line from the default of “115200,TCP,BINKP”. This field is not well documented.

Each link should be a section with the full 5D address (e.g.: “1:103/17@fidonet”) as the section name. If you are using an ftn_domains.ini file, the domain should be listed there.

The following are all optional and allowed per section:

  • Password sets the BinkP password for the link (Usually the only required option)
  • AllowPlainPassword allows this link to insecurely send the password on the connection. Defaults to No. Not recommended
  • AllowUnencrypted allows this link not to encrypt the session. Defaults to No. Not recommended
  • SourceAddress the outbound FTN address to use for this link. Not normally needed, but can be used if multiple addresses are used in the same net with different passwords. Defaults to the “closest” FTN address to the link address.
  • Port TCP port to connect to when making an outbound connection on this link. Defaults to the port specified in the nodlist if configured, or the defualt binkp port of 24554.
  • Host Internet host (IP address or hostname) to connect to when making an outbound connection on this link. If not specified, will first attemt to read from the nodelist if configured in ftn_domains.ini, then will use the domain suffix specified in ftn_domains.ini uses DNS using the “p.f.n.z.domain” style (ie: If there is not ftn_domains.ini, will use to look up fidonet addresses.
  • Poll This link will be polled any time -p or -P is specified on the command-line. Defaults to No.

Example ctrl/binkit.ini


In the above example, 1:218/700 is a node you want to poll. If you create a second binkit event and add the -p (small p) option it will scan the outbound directories, send outbound mail and poll nodes that have Poll=yes option set. In this case 1:218/700@fidonet and 10:1/1@othernet will be polled and any new inbound mail will be picked up and outbound mail will be delivered. 1:2320/100@fidonet will not be polled, though if there is pending outbound, it will be sent.

In the case of 1:2320/100, let's say you have a need to route netmail to this node. In this case there is no automated polling to this node and anything that needs to be sent to this node via crash will be sent to with no password. If there is a nodelist, the port number will be used from the nodelist. In this example, the hostname is being overridden, so it won't use the nodelist or DNS to connect.

The network “othernet” will also be polled. In this case it will call out on port 24556 and the outbound root has been specified in the config. You can specify a domain wide outbound root in your ftn_domains.ini. It should be noted that “othernet” should be defined in ftn_domains.ini with either a NodeList or DNSSuffix value since it's not part of the default ftn_domains configuration used when the ftn_doamsin.ini file is not present.

If you check your outbound directory do not be surprised if you see other outbound directories with extensions after them. For instance outbound.zyx… binkit will create additional outbound directories if you use the same outbound as your fidonet.

Other Configuration


The first listed FTN address (in SCFG→Networks→FidoNet→System Addresses) is used as the default address, and it's zone is used as the default zone. All addresses configured in SCFG are used for the M_ADR command to the remote.

ctrl/sbbsecho.cfg or ctrl/sbbsecho.ini

BinkIT reads the ctrl/sbbsecho.cfg or ctrl/sbbsecho.ini file, possibly using the following pieces of information:

  • Outbound path (OUTBOUND in sbbsecho.cfg or Outbound key in sbbsecho.ini)
  • Secure Inbound path (SECURE_INBOUND in sbbsecho.cfg or SecureInbound key in sbbsecho.ini)
  • Insecure Inbound path (INBOUND in sbbsecho.cfg or Inbound key in sbbsecho.ini)
  • Mailer type (FLO_MAILER in sbbsecho.cfg, or BinkleyStyleOutbound in sbbsecho.ini). BinkIT will exit with an error if this is not set.
  • Packer configuration (PACKER, PACK, and UNPACK in sbbsecho.cfg, SigOffset, Sig, Pack, and Unpack keys in a archive:* section in sbbsecho.ini).


BinkIT integrates util:freqit functionality, so the freqit.ini file is used.


This file is used for 5D support in BinkIT. Each section name is an FTN domain. If this file doesn't exist, zones 1-6 are set to 'fidonet' with a DNSSuffix of ''.

Each domain can have the following keys:

  • Zones a comma-separated list of zones present in this domain. When only a single domain lists a specific zone, that domain is used as the “default domain” for that zone.
  • DNSSuffix used for DNS nodelist lookups. If this file doesn't exist, for the fidonet domain.
  • OutboundRoot the root path for this domain, used for constructing outbound directories for this domain.
  • NodeList Full path to a nodelist file to use for this domain.

Example ctrl/ftn_domains.ini


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