• Re: SBBSecho removing support for ArcMail/Attach/FD-style mailers?

    From Bill McGarrity@1:266/404 to Digital Man on Tue Nov 7 06:25:45 2017
    Digital Man wrote to All <=-

    SBBSecho currently supports 2 types of FidoNet mailers:
    1. Binkley-Style-Outbound (a.k.a. BSO or FLO-style)
    2. ArcMail/Attach (a.k.a. FrontDoor-style)

    Most modern FidoNet mailers support the first type (either only, as is
    the case with BinkD, or as an option) and it appear *no* modern mailers support only the second type.

    The support for the second type remains in the SBBSecho source code,
    but I have no reasonable ways of testing it. I've asked for testers,
    but received no responses. So I have to assume that the support for
    those mailer types is most likely broken and doen't work.

    To simplify the source code and the sysop experience, I'm considering *removing* support from SBBSecho v3 for the older ArcMail/Attach/FD
    style mailers. If there is no objection, I'll be doing this pretty soon (before the offical "release" of SBBSecho v3.0). This should have no impact on sysops that are using SBBSecho with BSO/FLO style mailers,
    which appears to be *every* sysop using SBBSecho today.

    To play devil's advocate... (you knew this was coming lol), although ArcMail/Attach/FD style is slowing going by the wayside, there are still a few who use Internet Rex and FD with NetFoss. Although IRex can do BSO/FLO mail as well, most I know using IRex are using ArcMail/Attach/FD mode. They may not know you're looking to get rid of it. I'm not sure of the effort needed in keeping it within sbbsecho's code but I vote no on removing it.

    Ultimately, the choice is yours. :)



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