A FreeBSD port of the venerable N0ARY packet radio BBS, which was originally written for SunOS.
To compile N0ARY in its current form you will need GNU Make (gmake) version 3.11 or later.
Before compiling the BBS you will need to edit
to specify two important options: the target operating system and the BBS
You must edit
src/include/site_config.mk to tell the build system which
operating system you are running. There are two choices: FreeBSD or SunOS.
To compile for FreeBSD, make your site_config.mk read:
To compile for SunOS it is first assumed that you will be cross-compiling for SunOS, because there is no way you'd be able to get modern GMake to run on SunOS. (If you do, let me know!).
To cross compile for SunOS, make your site_config.mk first read:
Further cross-compilation instructions to be written
BBS Installation Directory
The BBS requires its own dedicated directory on the host filesystem and to
correctly install it, the final "make install" rules need to know where this
directory is. To set it up, edit
src/include/site_config.mk and set the
One example would be
To compile the BBS:
cd src/ gmake
To install the BBS you'll need to run the
make install rule, you'll need
to set up a user ID for the bbs to run under, and finally you'll need to
edit the BBS configuration file,
cd src/ gmake install
BBS user ID
Create a user for the BBS to run under. Perhaps use
The BBS has many options to configure. To begin, you should probably copy
<bbs-dir>/etc/Config and then edit it.
There are many comments inside the sample configuration file for setting things
The BBS comes with an etc/rc.d style BSD startup script which will
automatically start up the BBS when the system starts up, provided you setup
/etc/rc.conf to do so. To simply enable BBS startup set:
Some additional variables you can set are:
n0ary_bbs_dirtells the startup scripts where the BBS home directory is, but it generally needn't be set unless you move the BBS to a different directory than the one you set in
site_config.mkat build time.
The BBS is a federation of several daemons that run in the background. For system security, these daemons should run as an unpriviledged user. The startup script will arrange for the daemons to run under the user id of the username you provide here. The default is
bbs, which you should have set up previously during the installation step.
Forwarding and other tasks
Once your BBS is configured and running, you will likely need to begin
forwarding messages and traffic to other BBSes. The international BBS routing
system is too complicated to describe here in detail, but the basics are
<bbs-dir>/etc/Route to describe the
nearest neighbors to your BBS and how to reach them.
After you've set up the systems and routes you must then set up the message
forwarding cycles by using
cron to launch the BBS in an appropriate
forwarding mode and on the schedules you desire. Here's an ancient, unchecked
example from the original SunOS setup instructions. This example assumes
that the BBS home directory is
0,20,40 * * * * /nbbs/bin/b_bbs -t6 -vTNC1 20 * * * * /nbbs/bin/b_bbs -t6 -vTNC0 3,13,23,33,43,53 * * * * /nbbs/bin/b_bbs -t6 -vSMTP 7,17,27,37,47,57 * * * * /nbbs/bin/b_bbs -t6 -vTCP 1,11,21,31,41,51 * * * * /nbbs/bin/b_process