EBBS v3.4


Ed Parry


EBBS is another of what may be called the standard Commodore BBS program. Message base, transfer, and menu formats are all fairly typical, which is great for users as it means the system is familiar and easy to navigate around no matter what system is being called.

EBBS's waiting for call screen.

EBBS was probably influenced by the 648x line, and if its as old as I've heard, has had its own influence on the like of ZBBS, Boneboard, and others. Ed Perry is reputed to still be around, such that we may possibly get some ordering and update information out on this page eventually.

EBBS main menu

Among other notable aspects of EBBS is its very interesting configuration program. It's run offline, and involes changing data statements within the BASIC code of the configurator to run. I found this annoying, but it did earn a comment I suppose. :)

The Facts:

The following is for EBBS v3.3. The docs for this version of EBBS, along with the 1670 docs are also available here.

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode
Video       :   40 Columns
Drives      :   CBM, limited CMD (no parts., no subdirs)
Modems      :   1650, 1670, RS232, Hayes (300-1200)
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Screen, printer optionally
RAM use     :   N/A
Special     :


Pgm Struct  :   Single program
Menu Struct :   Hard coded, semi-modular, hotkey
Translation :   ASCII only
Access      :   Binary coded access levels, somewhat definable
Handle/ID   :   Handles not allowed, users listed by ID
User info   :   Name, access, phone, last call, etc.
User Logs   :   Name, time/date
Calls/Time  :   No call limit, time limit identical for all levels
Network     :   N/A
Customizing :   Not terribly
  Programs  :   Compiled BASIC, not changable
  Displays  :   Some displays are SEQ files
  Commands  :   Not changable
Areas       :   Semi-modular menu structure
  E-mail    :   Send from main menu
  Messages  :   Separate menu
  Transfers :   Separate menu
  Network   :   N/A
  Programs  :   N/A
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   Separate menu
  Voting    :   N/A
  News      :   From main menu
  Help      :   N/A
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   Configurator only, very tedious to use
Online      :   Full user/file editors, drive access
Remote      :   Same as online
On-L Display:   User's name, ID in a window
W.F.C. Utils:   Same as online
Chatting    :   From any prompt
User        :   Full editor provided
Msg Bases   :   Offline configurator, some integrated functions
Transfers   :   Offline configurator, directory editor, drive access
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   Full CBM-DOS prompt available
Terminal    :   No terminal


Structure   :   Single opening bulletin
Header      :   No set header
Weeding     :   By SysOp
Display     :   At logon


Structure   :   Linear style, unlinked
Bases       :   Named bases, listed by number
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp
Reading     :   Individual and local new
Headers     :   To, From, subject, date
Format      :   Text only
Writing     :   As new posts, or as new posts with reply subjects
Anonymous   :   Not allowed
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Hitting return on blank line gives editor
Editing     :   Insert, delete, rewrite, search/replace
Formatting  :   Word wrap
Graphics    :   Not supported


Bases       :   Named bases, listed by number
Storage     :   In directory files, with unmarked filenames
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp
Credits     :   No credit system
Protocols   :   Xmodem, punter
Headers     :   Filename, size, date, type, number
Selection   :   By filename
Listing     :   Directories only
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   List of named text files
Storage     :   As standard SEQ files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :


Structure   :   From main menu, and integrated functions
Sending     :   From main menu, or from message reading
Receiving   :   At logon only
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   N/A
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

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