Current Version v0.42
This documentation has been updated for Talisman v0.42, Postie v0.12 and Binki v0.4
- Basic System Configuration: talisman.ini
- Events to perform on user login: data/loginitems.toml
- Message Conference Configuration: data/msgconfs.toml
- Message Base Configuration: data/mb_confx.toml
- File Conference Configuration: data/fileconfs.toml
- File Base Configuration: data/fb_confx.toml
- Transfer Protocol Configuration: data/protocols.toml
- Security Level Definitions: data/seclevels.toml
- File Archiver Configuration: data/archivers.toml
- Bulletin Configuration: data/bulletins.toml
- Disallowed Usernames: data/trashcan.txt
- IP Addresses to Block from Servo: data/blocklist.ip
- IP Addresses to Pass from Servo: data/passlist.ip
- IP Addresses to Allow Multiple Instances: data/multiallow.ip
- Postie (Mail/File Tosser/Scanner): data/postie.toml
- WWIV Networking Configuration: data/falcon.toml
- QWK Networking Configuration: data/qwkie.toml
- Servo Event Configuration: data/events.toml
- Theme Configuration: data/themes.toml
- Binkp Server Configuration data/binki.toml
- Font Configuration: data/fonts.toml
G-Files are ANSI/ASCII graphics that are used to display menus and such, depending on whether ANSI is detected, a user will either be shown the ANSI (.ans) or ASCII (.asc) version.
Seperate ANSI and ASCII graphics may be made for different terminal sizes, by naming the file (for example) mygfile.132x37.ans where 132x37 is the screen size to send. If no matching screen size is found, the default .ans (width no size specification) will be sent.
ANSI and ASCII files may contain SAUCE records, they will be ignored. They may also contain inline macros.
Animated Pause Prompts
Single line animated pause prompts are supported, and live in gfiles/pause directory. Talisman will select a random pause prompt file from this directory if a user has ANSI enabled. A pause prompt file is in the format:
125 PaUSE PAuSE PAUsE PAuSE
This is a basic pause prompt with four frames and a transision speed of 125 milliseconds. The first line is the speed, the following line are frames. Each line can contain ANSI codes or PIPE codes for colour.
Most strings can be customized in talisman using
data/strings.dat instead of modifying the code. This makes it easier to upgrade without having to redo all your changes everytime.
The format of the
data/strings.dat file pairs of
msgid "LOGIN: " msgstr "Your UserName: "
This will change where the BBS has the content
LOGIN: in it’s print_f command to
It’s important to make sure any format specifiers, such as %d, %s etc, are in your msgstr in the same order as in the print_f statement.
data/strings.dat file can also contain comments (lines beginning with
MsgStrs can also display gfiles by using a special tag:
@gfile:somegfile@ will display a gfile from your gfiles directory called somegfile, example:
msgid "LOGIN: " msgstr "@gfile:login_banner@\r\nLOGIN: "
This will change the LOGIN: prompt to display a login_banner file, then a newline, then
Updating on Windows is usually just a matter of downloading the installer and running it.
To update linux, if not using git, you should download the tarball, and extract it in your source directory..
cd /home/user/bbs/source tar xf /home/user/Downloads/talisman-v0.30.tar.gz
Next, change to the build directory and “re-make” each executable
cd ../build/servo make cd ../talisman make cd ../toolbelt make cd ../postie make cd ../gofer make cd ../qwkie make cd ../falcon make cd ../binki make
Your old executables will be replaced with freshly built ones, and your symlinks will point to the new executables.