EchoCfg is a text-mode full-screen utility for the Synchronet FidoNet Packet Tosser, SBBSecho.

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EchoCfg's primary function is the modification of the SBBSecho configuration file, ctrl/sbbsecho.ini (or a file by a different name, but with the same format and purpose). While it is perfectly valid and sometimes preferable to modify the SBBSecho configuration file (sbbsecho.ini) by hand (i.e. using an ASCII text editor), it is recommended that sysops new to SBBSecho use EchoCfg first.

EchoCfg has context-sensitive online help (e.g. available via the F1 key when using the default console interface) and can be a useful resource for learning about the configurable parameters of SBBSecho.


To get a current list of command-line options, run echocfg -? or echocfg -h.

Example (for Linux):

usage: echocfg [path/to/sbbsecho.ini] [options]


-k  =  keyboard mode only (no mouse support)
-c  =  force color mode
-m  =  force monochrome mode
-e# =  set escape delay to #msec
-iX =  set interface mode to X (default=auto) where X is one of:
       X = X11 mode
       C = Curses mode
       F = Curses mode with forced IBM charset
       A = ANSI mode
       D = standard input/output/door mode
-v# =  set video mode to # (default=auto)
-l# =  set screen lines to # (default=auto-detect)

Configuration File

If you will be using a configuration file with SBBSecho other than the default (ctrl/sbbsecho.ini), then you'll need to pass the path and filename of that configuration file to EchoCfg each time you invoke this utility (same as with SBBSecho). Normally, the default configuration file name is fine, even for multiple FTNs, but some sysops like to separate their FTNs into multiple completely separate SBBSecho configurations with different configuration files. Overriding the default configuration filename allows this flexibility.

While the configuration filename may be changed, the format of its content must match that of the documented sbbsecho.ini file.

See Also

util/echocfg.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/09 23:19 by digital man
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