Configuring the Personal Bulletin Board System (PBBS) primarily requires specifying
where the messages and bulletins will be stored. The options to be specified are:
- Whether or not the PBBS functionality should be enabled at all.
- What the Message Of The Day (MOTD) is that is displayed to a user
when they first connect to the PBBS.
- What text is displayed to PBBS users that specify the Info command.
- What filesystem directory is the base of where personal messages between
users are stored.
- What filesystem directory is the base of where the different Areas of
bulletin notices are stored.
- What filesystem directory is the base of where uploaded files are stored.
Note that the PBBS will not be accessible from other radio stations unless:
- YAAC has an AX.25-capable port (such as Serial_TNC, AGWPE, KISS-over-TCP, etc.)
that is configured to support raw AX.25 protocol, which includes the connected-mode
needed to access bulletin board systems.
- YAAC is enabled to accept inbound AX.25 connections.
- The PBBS itself is enabled within YAAC.
Note that when the PBBS is enabled, inbound connections will no longer be able
to initiate chat sessions with you, unless they use the Operator command
within the PBBS.
Note it is very poor practice to run a PBBS on APRS channels and vice versa,
so this functionality should only be used if your YAAC installation is only for connected-mode
AX.25 traffic or has two RF ports
going through different radios on different frequencies to separate the APRS traffic
from the PBBS traffic. These RF ports should be identified with appropriate
supported protocols (APRS or raw AX.25) and configured with different beacons
identifying their respective purposes.