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Sun Jan 10 21:28:54 CST 2021
On 1/10/21 7:16 PM, James B DiGriz wrote:
> Synchronet is still very much "a thing".
Yes, and no.
Yes, there is /a/ product named Synchronet, probably from the same
vendor or subsidiary. However, I don't think that it is the /same/ product.
More specifically, I believe that contemporary Synchronet is more of a
suite of packages. And those packages are traditional Linux packages.
I believe the old DOS / Windows (?) Synchronet package is LONG since dead.
> I'm not familiar with the message base format it uses,
"JAM" message format comes to mind from conversations with the original
SYSOP. Though I don't know if that's what Synchronet is using or
something else from conversstion collisions.
> and a lot will depend on the version you have,
I'm guessing it's from '95 - '99. 2.x or 3.x comes to mind.
> but there should be utilities available for exporting messages directly
> from a mounted disk image, or at least a running instance.
I suspect the best thing to do would be to restore the VM, boot it, and
see what I can find. MS-DOS 5.x or 6.x don't need many resources. I
think the machine had a ~300 MB hard drive and ~32 MB of memory (if that).
> Should something be available on the Synchronet website or Vertrauen
> BBS. There is a support echo still on Fidonet, too, iirc.
Is the echo /active/? I know that there are LOTS of newsgroups still in
active files on news servers, even though the the newsgroup hasn't seen
traffic in years.
> Worst case you can read messages to a capture log, or export .QWK to
> an offline reader with any version since the early '90s.
I'm sure there's something clever that we can do to get data out. }:-)
Grant. . . .
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