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FBB Packet Radio BBS

FBB is a PacketRadio BBS. This page has a bit of information about it.

FBB Administrators / Sysops

For people that maintain FBB.


The main place for documentation is the file formats page under the documentation section of f6fbb.org. What they call init.srv is called /etc/ax25/fbb.conf on my system and has a more friendly but different format. Everything else is pretty much as documented.

Initial Tips

The first time you run fbb, it creates the config files. This is rather different than regular Unix tradition and came as a surprise to me.

You can log into it locally with /usr/sbin/xfbbC -r -c -i YOURCALL though this logs you in with sysop privileges.

New Features

Many new features in FBB aren't mentioned in the regular documentation. These include SMTP, NNTP, and POP interfaces, plus JNOS-style @areas in themes.sys. And "new" here means, roughly, "new since 1999". Some of them are documented fairly well in the CHANGES file.


Here are some tips:

Homepage and Releases

The FBB homepage is http://www.f6fbb.org/. Old releases and some documentation is available there. However, newer versions are not appearing there. The newest version as of Dec 2010 is 7.04r13, which is available at http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb/xd704r13-src.tar.bz2. Other releases can probably be expected to appear at http://f6bvp.free.fr/logiciels/BBS-f6fbb.

Held Bulletins and First Line Issues

The default reject.sys will hold pretty much all bulletins. Sometimes this also causes bulletins to get a corrupted first line. I suggest starting with an empty reject.sys.

Misc notes

These should be organized better.

From f6bvp, 12/19/2010:

Hi All,

As always it is strongly recommended to read README file to get elementary instructions on how to compile and install any software.

For more practical details, you may have a look at FPAC MINI HOWTO
chapter dedicated to installing FBB (with or without the unvaluable
level 3 ROSE network packet switch router FPAC, written by F6FBB).


Then, for configuring FBB, sysops may read Charley's K4GBB text

Complete FBB software documentation may be browsed here

and you can download the following files :




WikiCompleteOrg: FBB (last edited January 03, 2011 by JohnGoerzen)