• Help with FTN Setup...

    From Jagossel@1:103/705 to All on Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:42:32
    I am at a loss on this one. I have been trying to get a FTN node set up on my BBS for a while now, and I'm stuck.

    So far, I got BinkIT installed and it is waiting for connections. I have port-forawrd set up on my router. At this, point, I am not ready to test this.

    I did spend time in EchoCfg and got the node information set, and got the timed events working and to run BINKOUT and BINKPOLL every hour. According to logs, it was able to connect and pull the files without a problem. I also just created directories on the file system where EchoCfg was expecting it to be located.

    I did set up the message area for the FTN in SCFG and it looks like it got my Fidonet adress set up. And just now, I manually entered in the conference identifiers in SCFG. I did make sure that the internal name matches the internal name of the FTN conferences. I actualy imported the conference areas that the FTN provider included with the info pack.

    So, where I am now is trying to get Synchronet to tie the message area with the network; it does not seem to tie the two together.

    Am I missing something? Is there a guide on how to properly set up a connection to a FTN node? I have been stumbling around and trying to go through the Wiki, but I can't seem to find documentation around it.

    Please bare with me, this is my first time in setting up a connection to the FTN. So far, I was able to get QWK networks setup, installed a door game, added/imported files, and able to customize the screens some without any trouble. Now, I am struggling to get FTN working. :(

    -jag
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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Jagossel on Saturday, February 23, 2019 13:05:58
    On 2019 Feb 23 09:42:32, you wrote to All:

    I did spend time in EchoCfg and got the node information set,

    ok...

    and got the timed events working and to run BINKOUT and BINKPOLL every hour.

    nope... BINKOUT is called automatically by sbbsecho the same as TICKIT is... you don't need to do this except for maybe BINKPOLL *if* you want an automatic poll... depending on your feed(s), you may not need to use BINKPOLL at all other than maybe manually triggering it at some point with something like "touch /sbbs/ctrl/binkpoll.now"... my system doesn't use BINKPOLL at all because there is a decent flow of traffic that is processed and delivered ASAP... you can also trigger BINKOUT in the same way as BINKPOLL if you have to
    for some reason...

    So, where I am now is trying to get Synchronet to tie the message area
    with
    the network; it does not seem to tie the two together.

    have you exported an AREAS.BBS file? it is the key that ties FTN traffic into sbbs' message bases...

    )\/(ark

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  • From Dan Clough@1:123/115 to Jagossel on Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:17:00
    Jagossel wrote to All <=-

    I am at a loss on this one. I have been trying to get a FTN node
    set up on my BBS for a while now, and I'm stuck.

    So far, I got BinkIT installed and it is waiting for connections.
    I have port-forawrd set up on my router. At this, point, I am not
    ready to test this.

    I did spend time in EchoCfg and got the node information set, and
    got the timed events working and to run BINKOUT and BINKPOLL
    every hour. According to logs, it was able to connect and pull
    the files without a problem. I also just created directories on
    the file system where EchoCfg was expecting it to be located.

    I did set up the message area for the FTN in SCFG and it looks
    like it got my Fidonet adress set up. And just now, I manually
    entered in the conference identifiers in SCFG. I did make sure
    that the internal name matches the internal name of the FTN
    conferences. I actualy imported the conference areas that the FTN
    provider included with the info pack.

    So, where I am now is trying to get Synchronet to tie the message
    area with the network; it does not seem to tie the two together.

    Am I missing something? Is there a guide on how to properly set
    up a connection to a FTN node? I have been stumbling around and
    trying to go through the Wiki, but I can't seem to find
    documentation around it.

    Please bare with me, this is my first time in setting up a
    connection to the FTN. So far, I was able to get QWK networks
    setup, installed a door game, added/imported files, and able to
    customize the screens some without any trouble. Now, I am
    struggling to get FTN working. :(

    Sounds like you may have not exported your message base info to
    AREAS.BBS, so the tosser (SBBSECHO) doesn't know what to do with
    messages. Go back into SCFG / Message Areas, and go to the FTN
    group in question. Then choose "Export Areas" and pick the
    "areas.bbs" choice under that.

    Also, make sure the sub-boards in that message group have "Fido
    echomail" set to "Yes". (going from memory so wording may be
    slightly different).

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!



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  • From Jagossel@1:103/705 to mark lewis on Saturday, February 23, 2019 13:58:04
    Re: Help with FTN Setup...
    By: mark lewis to Jagossel on Sat Feb 23 2019 01:05 pm

    So, where I am now is trying to get Synchronet to tie the message area
    with
    the network; it does not seem to tie the two together.

    have you exported an AREAS.BBS file? it is the key that ties FTN traffic into sbbs' message bases...

    I have not, I will have to take a look on how to make that happen.

    Thanks, Mark!

    -jag
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  • From Jagossel@1:103/705 to Dan Clough on Saturday, February 23, 2019 14:05:30
    Re: Help with FTN Setup...
    By: Dan Clough to Jagossel on Sat Feb 23 2019 12:17 pm

    Sounds like you may have not exported your message base info to
    AREAS.BBS, so the tosser (SBBSECHO) doesn't know what to do with
    messages. Go back into SCFG / Message Areas, and go to the FTN
    group in question. Then choose "Export Areas" and pick the
    "areas.bbs" choice under that.

    That is what Mark was thinkkng as well, and I have not done that export yet. I will do so as soon as possible. Thanks for providing instructions on how to export it!

    Also, make sure the sub-boards in that message group have "Fido
    echomail" set to "Yes". (going from memory so wording may be
    slightly different).

    I did that already and set the address to the hub's node address.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

    Will do! Thanks again.

    -jag
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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Jagossel on Saturday, February 23, 2019 16:53:58
    On 2019 Feb 23 14:05:30, you wrote to Dan Clough:

    Also, make sure the sub-boards in that message group have "Fido
    echomail" set to "Yes". (going from memory so wording may be slightly
    different).

    I did that already and set the address to the hub's node address.

    no! that's /your/ address... the FTN address you will be exporting that area from... if you have more than one FTN address in that network, the address in the message area record should be your "normal" node address, generally speaking...

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  • From Jagossel@1:103/705 to mark lewis on Saturday, February 23, 2019 18:34:16
    Re: Help with FTN Setup...
    By: mark lewis to Jagossel on Sat Feb 23 2019 04:53 pm

    Also, make sure the sub-boards in that message group have "Fido
    echomail" set to "Yes". (going from memory so wording may be slightly
    different).

    I did that already and set the address to the hub's node address.

    no! that's /your/ address... the FTN address you will be exporting that area from... if you have more than one FTN address in that network, the address in the message area record should be your "normal" node address, generally speaking...

    Ok, based on the system logs from BinkIT and the SBBSecho logs, it looks like I may have been able to send a test message successfully. It looks like the SBBSecho log entry from the sent message lines up correctly: from <<my node address>> to <<hub address>>. I saw the BINKOUT time stamp is after the SBBSecho export entry.

    Looks promising so far.

    -jag
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  • From Jagossel@1:103/705 to Dan Clough on Saturday, February 23, 2019 18:47:02
    Re: Help with FTN Setup...
    By: Dan Clough to Jagossel on Sat Feb 23 2019 12:17 pm

    Sounds like you may have not exported your message base info to
    AREAS.BBS, so the tosser (SBBSECHO) doesn't know what to do with
    messages. Go back into SCFG / Message Areas, and go to the FTN
    group in question. Then choose "Export Areas" and pick the
    "areas.bbs" choice under that.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

    It turns out that AREA.BBS wasn't exported (now it is), and SBBSecho wasn't getting executed. I did a test message and the log entries between SBBSecho and BINKOUT looks promising.

    -jag
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