This page lists all the settings that can be modified to configure your DBabble server. Normally, you should be able to modify these from within the DBabble user interface by logging in as an administrator user and going to the DBabble Server Configuration page. However, in cases where you break some aspect of the server so that it stops functioning correctly, you may need to modify these settings by hand using any text editor. These settings are stored in the file dbabblesvr.ini. On NT this can be found in the windows directory (eg "C:\WINNT\dbabblesvr.ini"). On Unix this is found in the /etc directory (eg "/etc/dbabblesvr.ini"). After modifying any settings manually, you will need to reload your DBabble Server. For example type dbabblesvr -reload. See DBabble Server Management Instructions for further details.

A list of the settings supported is given below.


When specifying values that are file sizes, if no units are specified, they are assumed to be in bytes. Append either kb, mb, or gb for other units.
When specifying values that are time intervals, if no units are specified, they are assumed to be in seconds. Append either mins, hours, days, weeks, months, or years for other units.


Settings are separated into the following sections:
Common Settings (10 settings)
Which features are available (9 settings)
Authentication and Password Settings (36 settings)
User Settings (27 settings)
Advertisement and Brand Settings (10 settings)
News (NNTP) Settings (17 settings)
SMTP (Email) Settings (26 settings)
Connection Settings (13 settings)
Web Browser Settings (23 settings)
Windows Client Settings (17 settings)
Discussion, Chat Room, and Talk Settings (52 settings)
Logging Settings (21 settings)
Master/Slave/Remote Server Settings (9 settings)
Uncommon Settings (72 settings)
Test Settings (you shouldn't change these or server may not work) (4 settings)
Name Type Default Example Description Version Added
Common Settings          
key Text     Registration key. If no key specified, temporary license is assumed 0.5a
key_email Text     Email address used when registering 2.7j
path Text   "/usr/local/dbabblesvr" or "C:\dbabblesvr" Installation Path - can't change while server is running  
domain Text   dbabble.com Local host and domain name for email  
port Integer 8132   Port to listen on. DBabble can not share this port with any other programs. If you choose to make this setting port 80, then you must NOT have an existing web server running on the same machine  
ssl_port Integer 8133   Secure Port to listen on. DBabble can not share this port with any other programs. If you choose to make this setting port 443 (default https port), then you must NOT have an existing secure web server running on the same machine 2.3a
manager Text   admin@dbabble.com Email address to send manager error/warning messages to  
manager_instant_message_to Text   admin User account name of user to send administrator error/warning messages to. If not specified, first created account is used, unless the value of this setting is 'no', in which case no user is sent instant message warnings. 2.1g
program_name Text DBabble Quick Chat If specified, changes the program name to something other than DBabble. If you are using a discounted educational license then this setting must have a value of 'DBabble' 1.1d
languages Text English,Espa˝ol(Spanish),Deutsch(German)   Specifies the list of languages available. First language listed is default. You do not need to have operating system language support on either the server or client to use these. However, if a language uses a non-English character set then it will require the client to have the correct font installed. Languages must be comma separated with no spaces and the names must be an exact match to the language file name that exists in the /lang sub-directory of the server. If corresponding language files do not exist, then English is used. Try English,Espa˝ol(Spanish),Deutsch(German),Chinese,Italiano(Italian),Franšais(French),Japanese,Portuguese,Korean,Russian,Dansk(Danish) to see how it works with all the default languages provided. Note that most of these are machine language translations. Danish, German, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish are partially corrected from their machine language translations. Note that using lots of languages available will mean the server will be slower at starting and processing reload commands (a few seconds per language), but other than that will have no impact on performance. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/language.htm for details on customizing and adding new languages. If you are running on a Windows platform, you can run the program lang/editlang.exe in the server directory to edit languages, or you can modify the text files directly. 1.2b
Which features are available          
use_discussions Boolean true   Whether or not discussion groups are available on this server 2.2c
use_chat_rooms Boolean true   Whether or not chat rooms are available on this server 2.2c
use_user_groups Boolean true   Whether or not user groups are available on this server (only applies if instant messages are also in use) 2.2c
use_instant_messages Boolean true   Whether or not instant messages (and associated features such as friends) are available on this server 2.2c
use_todo Boolean true   Whether or not todo list is available on this server 2.2c
use_windows_client Boolean true   Whether or not the windows client can connect to the server and be downloaded from the server 2.2c
use_web_browser_interface Boolean true   Whether or not the web browser interface can be used to login to this server 2.2c
users_can_choose_features Boolean true   If you have more than one of the instant messaging, chat room or discussion features enabled, then if this setting is on, users can optionally choose to only show features they want. 2.2c
hide_user_details_for_hidden_features Boolean true   If this setting is on, and the current user is not using some features, then user detail fields that are not relevant are hidden from them. For example 'Accept message from ...' is hidden when not using instant messages 2.2c
Authentication and Password Settings          
auth_pop_host Text   mail.dbabble.com Pop server for authentication  
auth_pop_timeout Time Interval 10 seconds   We time-out authentication requests with the pop server after this long  
user_accounts Boolean true   If this setting is on, then any user can create new accounts. If it is off, only admin users can create new accounts. Note - this setting only applies if you are using internal authentication, or external authentication with the external_authent_create_accounts setting on. In other situations, accounts are automatically created when a user logs in for the first time using a valid user name and password.  
email_password Boolean false   If this setting is on, generate and email passwords to new users. Useful if you want to ensure your users enter a valid email address when creating their account. Note - this setting only applies if you are using internal authentication, or external authentication with the external_authent_create_accounts setting on. The template for the contents of message is in email/email_password_new.txt  
email_forgotten_password Boolean true   If true, and not using POP-authentication or external authentication, then users can request their password be emailed to them (template for content of message is in email_password_old.txt) 1.0b
min_password_length Integer 3   If users specify their own passwords, they must contain at least this many characters 0.3k
email_add Text   @dbabble.com If specified, this text is added to username to form default email address rather than pop-host. Set to 0 to not create a default email address, or 1 to set default email address equal to the username 0.6a
auth_append Text   @dbabble.com If specified, this text is appended to username (if it is not already there) before sending to the authentication process or pop server. Useful if your authentication process or pop server requires a full email address but you want your users to login to DBabble using just their user name rather than entire email address. 2.5a
auth_remove Text   @dbabble.com if a user logs in with the username ending with this text, it is removed. useful if you have configured DBabble for users to login without their full email address, but still want to allow them to login if they do use their full email address 2.9r
must_setup Boolean false   If true, and using pop-authentication, then users will be taken to user-setup window after their first login and be forced to enter valid values 0.6a
auto_login_links Boolean false   If true then links to automatically login to other Netwin products are provided in the main web page displayed after a user has logged in. Note - this feature was recently added, so it may not work for other Netwin products that have not released a new version since adding support for it 1.0e
auto_login Multiple Values   1 netwinsite.com/cgi/webnews.exe
/usr/local/webnews/work
Provides support for allowing users to use other Netwin web based products without having to supply login information again. Syntax is "auto_login unique_id web_reference work_directory_reference 1.0d
auto_login_user Text nobody   Unix only - the owner of the temporary file created for the destination auto-login program to read. Should be same user as your CGIs run as 1.1k
pass_disk_cache Boolean true   If true the pop authentication passwords are encrypted and cached on disk in the user details file (users.dat). 1.1a
guest_logins Integer 0 10 Specifies the maximum number of guests that can be simultaneously logged in. Set to 0 to disable guest logins. Guest's have their subscribed groups and permissions copied off the username "guest". You can login as the guest administrator using the username "guest" and password in the guest_admin_password setting. You should change that setting at the same time as you enable this setting. 1.2i
guest_logins_for_online_support_only Boolean false true Used to restrict the guest_logins setting to only allow it to be used for the purposes of online support using private conversations. With this setting on guest users will not be able to see or use chat rooms, discussion groups and instant messages. With this setting off, guest login links will be added to the standard login page, assuming the guest_logins setting has a value greater than 0 2.5f
show_online_support_ip_addresses Boolean true false If this setting is on the guest users for online support appear with names like 'Guest 1 @ 10.0.0.26' to the recipient of the online support request. 2.5h
guest_admin_password Text admin   If guest logins are enabled, then by logging in as a guest with this password, you can administer guest details, and what groups guests are subscribed to. 1.2i
guest_login_chat_rooms Text   1 If you specify the group-ids of one or two chat rooms here (found on the chat room modify page) and you have guest logins enabled, then links are added to the web browser login to that logs the user in as a guest and takes them to this chat room, removes the menu frame on the left and friends frame on the right, and disables non-chat room features (such as links to send instant messages to users present in the chat room). If you want links to more than 2 chat rooms on the login page, you can add them yourself by directly editing tpl/login.htm and duplicating and modifying the line containing GuestLoginChatRoom 2.2c
guest_login_discussions Text   2,3 If you specify the group-id of one or two discussion groups here (found on the discussion modify page) and you have guest logins enabled, then a link is added to the web browser login to that logs the user in as a guest and takes them to this discussion, removes the menu frame on the left and friends frame on the right 2.2c
guest_login_private_talks Text   1 If you specify the user-id of one or two users here (found on the user details page) and you have guest logins enabled, then a link is added to the web browser login to that logs the user in as a guest and request a private talk with the given user id, removes the menu frame on the left and friends frame on the right. If the given user is not currently online, the guest will be informed they are not online. In versions 2.4a and later, if you prefix the user-id by a 'g', e.g. 'g1' then it is interpreted as a user group and a random member of the user group will be picked to receive the talk request. 2.3b
guest_login_talk_greeting Text Hi, -NAME- here. How can I help you?   If you have used the guest_login_private_talks setting to specify guest login links for private talk sessions, then this initial message is given to the user when they first initiate it. -NAME- gets replaced by the display name of the request recipient. 2.4a
guest_login_talk_style Integer 1   0= A conversation request is sent to the recipient as soon as the guest initiates the talk request. 1=As soon as the guest types a character. 2=As soon as the guest presses enter at the end of their first message. 2.4a
uppercase_first_display_char Boolean true   If this setting is on then when a user's display name is automatically generated to be the same as their login user name at the time their account is created (e.g. using pop authentication or external authentication) , the first character is automatically made uppercase. 2.2c
authent_process Text   c:\dbabblesvr\ntauth.exe or /usr/local/dbabble/unixauth Specifies the name of an external authentication module to use. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/manage.htm#authent_ext 1.2m
authent_process_num Integer 2   The number of simultaneously running authentication processes. 1.2m
authent_process_timeout Time Interval 15 seconds   If an authentication process doesn't respond after this long, give up on it 1.2m
auth_check_cookie Text   AUTH_TOKEN If specified, then if a connection is made to the associated DBabble cgi, and this cookie is given, DBabble sends an authentication request to the authentication process for checking if this cookie is that of a logged in user. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/manage.htm#authent for details 1.2m
authent_write_fields Text   email display A space separated list of user detail field names to write back to the external authentication process when they are changed within DBabble. If you are also using the authent_translate_fields setting, the names listed here should be the names used by DBabble. 2.1g
authent_translate_fields Text   email=emailaddress display=name A space separated list of user detail field names and names of the fields as used by the external authentication process. Use this setting if your authentication process would pass DBabble field names that do not match the field names as they are used within DBabble. For example 'display=name' would mean the user field 'display' used within DBabble is initialised to be equal to the field 'name' that the authentication process returns 2.1g
authent_translate_values Text @ - true false / + 1 0 Consists of 4 space separated values. First value is a character that gets translated to the @ symbol when passing to the authentication process. (useful if your external authentication module uses a database where the only unique field is a user's email address, and you want to use that database field as the user name within DBabble, but since that name could be confused with the actual email address within DBabble, the @ character gets replaced by the specified character to form their user name). Second character is the same as the first, but applies to the - character. Third value is the text used for storing flag values that are on within the external authentication module. Fourth value is the off value for flags in the external authentication module. 2.1g
external_authent_create_accounts Boolean false   If this setting is on and you are using external authentication that supports writing data back to it, then accounts can be created from within the DBabble interface and they are added to the external authentication database. User's can create accounts themselves if the user_accounts setting is on, otherwise only administrator users can create accounts 2.3i
external_authent_write_password Boolean false   If this setting is on and you are using external authentication that supports writing data back to it, then the user has the option to change their password and when they do, the changed password is written to the authentication database 2.3i
authent_uses_full_email_address Boolean false   Make sure this setting is on if your users will use their full email address to login. If this setting is on and you are using external authentication or pop authentication then users are assumed to be logging in using their full email address. This means that 1) user names within DBabble are converted from user@domain.name to user-domain.name so that email addresses can be distinguised from DBabble addresses. 2) It allows DBabble to essentially support multiple domains hosted on a single server. Notes: 1) DBabble does not currently support using this setting for users in domains other than the main DBabble 'domain' setting when you have your DBabble server linked to other servers. 2) do not change this setting if real users have already been using DBabble as it will result in changes to user's internal DBabble account names. 2.7r
authent_valid_domains Text   domain1.netwinsite.com, domain2.netwinsite.com A comma separated list of valid domain names of this server for authentication purposes. Can also use special value of 'surgemail' which means it accepts any vdomain specified in surgemail.ini 2.7r
authent_surgemail_defaults Boolean true   If this setting is on and your authent_process setting is 'surgemail' then the following settings are overriden with new values: first_user_admin false; authent_uses_full_email_address true; authent_valid_domains surgemail; smtp_host 127.0.0.1 2.7r
User Settings          
user_discussions Boolean true   If true, default users can create discussions. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later). To change default user permissions, log in as an administrator in the web browser interface, and select "Server Setup","Permission Groups"  
user_chats Boolean true   If true, default users can create chat rooms. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later)  
user_global_discussions Boolean false   If true, default users can create global discussions. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later)  
user_global_chats Boolean false   If true, default users can create global chat rooms. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later)  
user_broadcasts Boolean false   If true, default users can broadcast messages to all users. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later)  
user_modify_account Boolean true   If false, non-administrator users are not able to modify their own account details such as email address, display name, date of birth etc. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later) 0.3i
users_delete_accounts Boolean true   If true, then non-administrator users are able to delete their accounts. 1.5a
user_quota Byte Count   1MB If specified, limits the amount of disk space each user is allowed for storing of messages. This setting does not apply if you are using permission groups. (which are on by default for versions 1.5i and later)  
user_posts_from Integer 3   Specifies who any discussion group posts appear to come from. 1=User Display Name, 2=User Login Name, 3=User Full Name (or display name if they haven't entered a full name) 4=User email address. This setting is applied at the time the article is posted, so only articles posted after you change this setting will appear using the new format. 1.0d
user_posts_from2 Integer 4   Specifies an additional name in brackets that appears after the name generated by user_posts_from. 0=Nothing 1=User Display Name, 2=User Login Name, 3=User Full Name (or display name if they haven't entered a full name) 4=User email address 1.0d
user_add_self_friend Boolean true   If true, then whenever a new user account is created, the user is added to their own list of friends. 1.2m
user_max_add_all_friends Integer 50   Specifies the maximum number of local users that can be in the DBabble database before the preference to automatically add all new users to your friends list becomes disabled. This limit is imposed because friends list sizes are limited anyway, and it is inefficient to do this once you have too many users. 1.2n
user_partial_search Boolean true   If true, allows partial text user searching. For example, "Gue" would find user name "Guest 1". Not recommended on systems with >50,000 users as it becomes slow. 1.3b
check_email_enabled Boolean true   If true, then users are allowed to specify email servers in their preferences, which the server will connect to to inform them when they have new email. 1.5p
check_email_min_interval Integer 10   Minimum number of seconds that users can specify how how often the server checks if they have new email 1.5p
check_email_max_chans Integer 5   Maximum number of simultaneous connections that the server can open to POP servers for checking whether users have new email. If a situation arises where the server would require more than this (due to lots of users checking email often over slow connections to the POP servers), it will queue up email checks until there are free channels available, effectively increasing the interval at which new email is checked for. 1.5p
check_email_default_server Text   1 1 1 netwinsite.com Controls assigning a default server to each user's email checking preferences. Syntax is 3 integers (1 (on) or 0 (off)) followed by POP server host name. First integer is whether or not the default server is enabled for each user. Second is whether or not to set the default user name on that server to the same as the user's current username, and the third value is whether or not to set the user's current password as the password to use on that server. If you leave this setting blank, and you are using POP server user authentication, then this setting defaults to "0 1 1" followed by your POP server host name. If you leave this setting blank, and you have specified a value for the email_add setting, then the default server and user name are based on the user's default email address. 1.5p
check_email_defaults Text 60 0 0 0 60 1 1 0 From: @netwinsite.com Specifies default values for new email checking server users add. Values are (interval) (Notify for messages received while offline) (Fetch full email message from server) (Is IMAP server (not currently supported)) (Message matching rules) 1.5p
delete_accounts_not_used Time Interval   365 days If specified, then the accounts of users who have not logged in since longer than this value ago will be automatically deleted. As with all time interval settings you MUST SPECIFY TIME UNITS when using this setting or it will be assumed you are giving a time in seconds. For example use '365 days' rather than just '365'. There is an internal minimum value of 14 days which you can override with the delete_accounts_force setting. The server checks for deleting users once a day, and logs a record of deleted users to the users.log file with lines of the form 'Auto-deleting user ...'. Just in case anyone sets their clock forward more than 7 days without thinking about what this could do (people have been known to set their server machine date to a future time!), there is built in code to not do account deletion if the last account deletion attempt happened more than 7 days ago, or if more than 50% of accounts would be deleted. You can override these checks using the delete_account_force setting. Note: if you have users on your system created with old versions of DBabble (prior to 1.0c) who have not used DBabble since then, these users do not have their last online times recorded and will not be deleted by this setting. 2.1g
delete_accounts_never_used Time Interval   7 days If specified, then accounts of users who have never logged in will be automatically deleted after this time. This feature will only apply to users who were created using DBabble versions 2.4f and later. 2.4f
delete_accounts_force Boolean false   Special override setting for use with the delete_accounts_not_used setting. Do not use this setting unless you are really sure you want the server to delete accounts that it thinks are old. 2.1g
friends_of_all_users Text first_user matt chris a space separated list of user names of users who should automatically be added to the friends lists of all newly created accounts. The default for this setting is first_user, which is a special value indicated the first user account appears in the friends lists of all users. To apply this setting to all existing users, use the manager command 'Apply friends_of_all_users setting' 2.1p
append_admin_status_text Text Administrator   This text is appended to the status message of all administrator users. If you are using multiple languages, set this setting to the English text to appear and add an appropriate line to each of your language translation files. 2.1p
encryption_default Integer 1   Specifies whether users can use public key encryption and whether or not they are prompted to create a private key when using DBabble for the first time. 0=public key encryption not allowed. 1=yes, and user can tell DBabble to create a key from their preferences. 2=Ask them the first time they login if they want one created. 3=Automatically create a private key the first time they login and warn them to copy it to any other machines they connect from. 4=Quietly create a private key the first time they login and don't warn them to copy it. (option 4 is not recommended if users may login from different machines or use the web browser interface) 2.3a
users_can_edit_own_posts Integer 1   Specifies whether or not users are allowed to edit discussion group posts they have made. 0=Users can not edit their own posts. 1=Users can edit their own posts in non-moderated discussion groups. 2=Users can edit their own posts even in moderated discussion groups. In call cases, administrator and moderator users can edit articles posted by any user. 2.3c
ugroup_communicate_with_all Integer 0 5 Specifies the user group id (just the second number in the number-number pair) of a restricted communication user group that is actually inverted so that members of that group are allowed to communicate with everyone. For example, if you have 3 restricted communication user groups A,B,C, with id's 1,2,3 respectively, then if this setting has a value of 3 users in A can communicate with users in A or C. Users in B can communicate with users in B or C. Users in C can communicate with every user on the server, including those not in any of the 3 groups. If this setting has a value of -1, then it means that all users not in any restricted communication group are allowed to communicate with all users. 2.7r
user_restrict_communication_to_same_domain Boolean true false If this server has users in the database in multiple domains (e.g. users use their full email address to authenticate with your own email server and you have multiple domain names) then this setting prevents users in different domains from seeing and communicating with each other. This setting only applies if the authent_uses_full_email_address setting is on. 2.7r
Advertisement and Brand Settings          
show_ads Boolean true   If true, we show advertisement images in both the web browser and windows clients 0.4h
ad_change_time Time Interval 5 minutes   The windows client changes the displayed ad this often 0.4h
ad_click_confirm Boolean false   If true, then when users click on the advertisements in the windows client, they are asked for confirmation before the page is loaded in their web-browser 0.5a
show_ad_details Integer 1   Specifies whether a count of how many ads shown and clicked on by each user is recorded. If value is 1, then administrator can see these. If value is 2, then user can also see their own record. If value is 3, then any user can see any other user's record 1.2i
ad_click_recent_interval Time Interval 24 hours   If a user has clicked on an advertisement less than this long ago, then a template variable "recent_ad_click" is set to "true". Useful if you want to hide advertisements for the remainder of the day after a user has clicked on one. 1.4a
brand_text Text Brought to you by NetWin Server Software - https://netwinsite.com   If specified gives co-branding text to appear in both web browser and windows-client 0.5d
brand_image Text /img/netwin.gif /img/netwin.gif If specified gives co-branding image to appear in both web browser and windows-client 0.5d
ads_in_main_window Boolean true   If the show_ads setting is on, then advertisements are displayed in the main window in the Windows client or the subscribed groups list in the web browser. Note: You can place ads where ever you want in the web browser interface by inserting ||show_advert|| into any of the template pages. 2.4d
ads_in_chat_rooms Boolean false   If the show_ads setting is on, then advertisements are displayed at the top of chat rooms in both the Windows client and web browser 2.4d
win_client_web_page Text   80 1 4.0 0 * https://netwinsite.com/dbabble This setting is used to replace advertisements in the Windows client with a particular web page. This feature will only work for users who have Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later installed on their machine. In this case, instead of advertisements, this web page is displayed inline in the Windows client. The first value for this setting specifies the portion of the window in pixels to allocate for the web page. The second value specifies whether or not to show scroll bars for the page (1=yes 0=no). The third value is the version of Internet Explorer that the user must have installed before this page will be displayed (useful if the web page you want to show uses features only present in later versions of Internet explorer. Use a value of 4.0 if your page should work in any web browser). The fourth value (if it is not 0) is a user group id that a user must belong to (and be flagged as receiving messages sent to the user group) in order to show the web page. This value should be the second integer value in the user group id. For example if the group id is 1-3 then you would use 3 here. The fifth value is an option list of ip addresses that the user must connect from to show the web page (e.g. * for all ip addresses or 10.0.0.*,!10.0.0.26 for all local network ip addresses except 10.0.0.26). The last value is the complete url of the web page to display. In order for changes to this setting to take effect, Windows client users must logout and login again if they were already logged in. 2.4d
News (NNTP) Settings          
pull_host Text   news.dbabble.com USENET Upstream nntp server name to pull news from and send posts to  
pull_user Text   bob Username for upstream nntp server  
pull_pass Text   bobs_password Password for upstream nntp server  
pull_time Time Interval 5mins   Time to wait before pulling news again  
nntp_listen Boolean false   If true, Will listen on nntp_port (default 119) for incoming news requests (Note: Do not enable if you are running an NNTP server on the same port on the same machine)  
nntp_port Integer 119   NNTP protocol port to use for listening on if nntp_listen is true  
nntp_must_auth Boolean true   If true, nntp connections to DBabble must be authenticated 0.4h
nntp_include_attachments Byte Count 1 MB   If discussion attachment sizes are less than this, then when reading discussion group articles through NNTP connections, attachments are included as MIME parts. If they are larger than this, then a http link to the attachment on the server is included instead 1.3b
nntp_fix_from_line Boolean true false If this setting is true, then any posts made via authenticated NNTP connections have the "from" field removed and replaced with the name/email of the authenticated user 1.4a
show_nntp_names Boolean true false If the setting is false, then when clients view discussion groups that are linked to NNTP groups, they do not see that NNTP name of the news group anywhere 2.0g
nntp_ban Boolean true false If this setting is false, then users who are banned will still be able to access the server using authenticated NNTP connections 2.0g
nntp_anonymous_posting Boolean true   Specifies whether anonymous NNTP users are allowed to post to discussion groups. Only applies if you have set the nntp_must_auth setting to false 1.4p
nntp_anonymous_from_append Text   (not authenticated) If you specify a value for this setting, then when anonymous NNTP users post to discussion groups, this text is appended to their name. Used to prevent anonymous users from impersonating registered users. 2.1n
max_daily_posts_per_user Integer 10 -1 If this value is greater than or equal to zero, then authenticated users are limited to making this many discussion group posts per day, unless they have permission to modify or moderate the group they are posting to. 2.1n
max_daily_anonymous_nntp_posts_per_ip Integer 10 -1 If this value is greater than or equal to zero, then nntp posts made by unauthenticated users are limit to this many per ip address per day. 2.1n
nntp_min_rating Text 1.5 1.2 Articles with an average rating of less than this value will not show up to NNTP users. Articles that have been rated less than the min_ratings_before_average setting times are always displayed via NNTP. 2.2c
nntp_cancel_from_matching_ip Boolean false   Specifies whether or not users can cancel discussion group articles via NNTP connections if they are connecting from the same IP address as the original poster. If a user is connecting to the NNTP server using authentication, then they will always be able to cancel their own posts no matter what value this setting has. 2.3k
SMTP (Email) Settings          
smtp_host Text   smtp.netwinsite.com SMTP host to send mail to. Append :port to use a port other than 25  
smtp_listen Boolean false   If true, Will listen on smtp_port (default 25) for incoming mail (Note: Do not enable if you are running an SMTP server on the same port on the same machine). Note - if you have SurgeMail running on the same machine and have specified a value in SurgeMail for the g_dbabble_smtp_port setting, then DBabble will use that value instead of what you specify here.  
smtp_port Integer 25   SMTP protocol port to use for listening on if smtp_listen is true. Note - if you have SurgeMail running on the same machine and have specified a value in SurgeMail for the g_dbabble_smtp_port setting, then DBabble will use that value instead of what you specify here.  
smtp_user_base Text   dbabble_ If specified, then any email addresses intended for DBabble are assumed to be prefixed by this. You should only give this setting a value if you have an SMTP server running on this machine that is configured to redirect all email beginning with this prefix on to DBabble. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/manage.htm#email for details 1.2h
smtp_accepts_instant_messages Boolean true   If false, then no users on your system can receive instant messages via email. If true, users can still individually stop their own account from receiving email instant messages to prevent spam 1.2h
email_from Text   dbabble_server@dbabble.com Email address that outgoing email appears to come from. This only applies to administration type email messages (such as initial password messages). User sent email messages will appear to come form the user's email address. If you don't set a value for this setting, then outgoing email may not get delivered as some servers will reject messages with blank "From:" headers. 1.1a
users_can_send_email Boolean true   If false, then users can not choose to send out email, and can not choose to receive copies of their instant messages forwarded to their email account 1.2i
instant_message_email_subject Text   DBabble Instant Message If specified then instant messages sent out as email have this subject 1.5k
allow_discussion_email Boolean true   If this setting is false, users can not choose to have discussions send them copies of new articles by email 1.2i
allow_discussion_email_posts Integer 1   0= Nobody can send incoming email posts. 1=Only members of the discussion can send in email posts. 2= Same as 1, except nobody can send to private discussions via email. 3=Anyone can send in email posts. Note that setting this to 1 does not really stop anyone from emailing to a discussion, since anyone can set their from address to whatever they want when sending email, so can easily impersonate a valid discussion member. 1.2i
discussion_email_from Text   dbabble_server@dbabble.com Email address that outgoing discussion group email appears to come from. It not specified, then poster's email address is used. If value is 1, email address of the discussion group is used. 1.1a
support_email Text   support-dbabble@dbabble.com Email address advertised on web pages for contacting you 1.1a
give_email_bounces Boolean false   If false, then outgoing email from discussions and password emails are sent using "Mail From:<>" to avoid bounces going to sender 1.2c
give_user_email_bounces Boolean true   If false, then outgoing email originating from an individual user is sent using "Mail From:<>" to avoid bounces going to sender 1.2i
auto_responder_headers Text autoresponse autoresponder auto-responder auto-response   When accepting incoming email for instant messages or discussion groups, we ignore it (for discussions) or don't email it out (for instant messages) if there is a header name containing one of these strings. To prevent infinite forwarding between DBabble and email auto-responders 1.2i
max_user_email_out Integer 100   Specifies the maximum number of instant messages that can be forwarded to a user's email account without a 5 minute break, before temporarily stopping. This is mainly intended to prevent infinite looping of outgoing email addresses that get replied to by an autoresponder/bouncer and would otherwise keep generating new messages. Normally this is not a problem, but some email servers may generate non-standard responses that DBabble does not correctly detect. 1.2i
phone_gateway Multiple Values   @phone.netwin.co.nz +6425 025 When someone enters a phone number that matches any of the listed prefixes, it is sent to an email address built up from the first prefix and the gateway name. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/manage.htm#phone for further details 1.2i
phone_remove Text -()   These characters are removed from phone numbers before they are matched to phone gateways 1.2i
phone_max_length Integer 160   The maximum length of messages that can be sent to mobile phones (SMS). If a user tries to send a message longer than this they will be told it failed and can changed their message at that time. If you specify a negative value for this setting (e.g. -150) then that means the limit specified has the length of the current user's DBabble email address subtracted from the maximum length they can send (used for SMS gateways that prepend text like "reply with (user@domain.name)" to the message before it sends it. 2.2c
unsubscribe_words Text remove unsubscribe   A space separated list of words that users can email as the body of a message to a discussion group to remove themself from being emailed copies of new messages. If no words are specified, then this feature is disabled. Note that this is not secure as anyone can claim to be any email address they want and effectively unsubscribe others from discussions. Users should normally uncheck the email checkbox next to the discussion name to stop receiving email. 1.2i
smtp_include_attachments Byte Count 100K   If discussion attachment size is less than this, then when reading discussion group articles are sent out via email, attachments are included as MIME parts. If it is larger than this, then a http link to the attachment on the server is included instead 1.3b
user_group_incoming_email Boolean false   If true, then anyone can send in email messages that get converted to instant messages to any user group. Send email to user_group_[user_group_id]@domain.name. For example usergroup_12345@free.dbabble.com 2.0g
smtp_from_append Text   (via unauthenticated email) If you specify a value for this setting, then when users post to discussion groups by sending in email, this text is appended to their name. Used to prevent users from impersonating registered users when posting via email 2.1n
max_daily_smtp_posts_per_ip Integer -1 10 If this value is greater than or equal to zero, then incoming smtp posts to discussion groups are limited to this many per ip address per day. Be careful using this setting as incoming email from different sources could appear to come from the same IP address if they come in via the same mail server. 2.1n
smtp_user Text   bob If your outgoing email server in the smtp_host setting requires authentication then this setting specifies the user name to use for it. You must also set a value for the smtp_pass setting. Currently only supports the PLAIN authentication method, which most email servers support. Leave this setting blank if your email server does not require authentication. 2.3k
smtp_pass Text   bobs_password Matching password for use with the smtp_user setting 2.3k
Connection Settings          
connections_from Text   161.29.2.*,161.29.5.*,127.0.0.1,!161.29.2.26 If specified, restricts IP Addresses that anyone is able to connect from. This is a list of comma separated ip address, with wildcard operator * allowed. Use the ! operator to exclude ip addresses. For example to allow all ip address except 123.456.789.*, you would use '*,!123.456.789.*'. Note: If you are connected to a master server, you should probably not restrict as non-local users may then not be able to connect to communicate with your users 0.6b
admin_from Text 127.0.0.1,10.0.0.* 127.0.0.1,10.0.0.* IP Addresses that administrator functions can be performed from (you must still login as an admin user - this is just added security). For multiple addresses these must be comma separated with no spaces.  
local_users_from Text   161.29.2.*,161.29.5.*,127.0.0.1 If specified, restricts IP Addresses that local users are able to connect from 0.6b
smtp_users_from Text   161.29.2.*,161.29.5.*,127.0.0.1 If specified, restricts IP Addresses that can connect as SMTP clients (for posting to discussions) 0.6b
broadcasts_from Text * 161.29.2.*,!161.29.2.25 IP Addresses that users who are allowed to broadcast can broadcast messages from (a list of netwin wild settings)  
nntp_users_from Text   161.29.2.*,161.29.5.*,127.0.0.1 If specified, restricts the IP Addresses that can connect as NNTP clients (for reading and posting to your discussions) 0.6b
max_chans Integer 800   Maximum number of simultaneous connections permitted. You can raise this as high as you want, and DBabble will still impose a limit of 20 less than the operating system limit (which ranges from 1024 for some unix systems (e.g. linux) up to about 32000 for others (including windows)). If you increase this setting on unix machines, be sure to increase the file limit by changing the "ulimit -n" line in the dbabblesvr_start script. 0.5b
socket_expire Time Interval 5 minutes   If any connection sends or receives nothing for this long and the server doesn't have any data still waiting to be sent, we close it  
socket_expire_pending Time Interval 2 hours   If any connection sends or receives nothing for this long, we close it even if there is still data waiting to be sent on it 2.1n
socket_read_expire Time Interval 12 hours   If a connection to us sends nothing for this long, we close it. This should be longer than the longest download time any users may experience when downloading large attachments, or their connection will be closed by the server  
bind_address Text   128.242.170.117 If specified, then connections are only accepted if they are made to this ip address. Used if you already have other programs listening on the same port on this machine, but have multiple ip addresses pointing at this machine. 1.4u
bind_address_out Text   128.242.170.117 If specified, the outgoing connections are bound to this ip address. Used when you have multiple ip addresses pointing at this machine. 1.5r
keep_client_message_connections_open Boolean true   If this setting is on then when the Windows client makes connections to the server to send instant messages then the server will allow the connection to stay open so the client can reuse it for future messages. 2.5n
Web Browser Settings          
tpl_sets Text   Standard,Blue Specifies a list of template sets available for users to select from. First option is default template set. When loading the appropriate template set, DBabble loads it from the tpl/template_name (or tpl/current_language/template_name) directory instead of the standard tpl directory. If the specified template does not exist, the standard copy in the tpl/ directory is used instead. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/templates.htm#template_sets 1.2i
friends_frame Boolean true   (Obsolete from versions 1.2m - use default preferences from server admin web page instead) If true, then the friends section in a web browser appears in a frame. If false, it appears in a separate window 1.0c
chat_images_inline Byte Count 10 KB   Image attachments posted to chat rooms appear inline as long as their size is less than this (as opposed to a link the user has to click on to see it) 0.5d
group_threads_open Boolean false   (this setting is obsolete in versions 2.5a and later. There is now a user preference to control this.) If true, groups threads appear expanded when first viewed through web browser  
web_message_refresh Time Interval 5 seconds   When using a web browser, it checks for new messages and talk requests this often. This setting is obsolete in versions 1.5p and later where each user has a preference for what this value is, and you can set the default value on the "Default Preferences" page. 0.3g
web_talk_refresh Time Interval 2 seconds   The web browser frame showing what the other user in a talk session has said is refreshed this often 0.3g
web_chat_refresh Time Interval 2 seconds   The web browser frame showing what the other users in a chat room have said is refreshed this often 0.3g
web_chat_users_refresh Time Interval 10 seconds   The web browser frame showing what other users in a chat room is refreshed this often 0.3g
web_background_image Text whttxtr2.jpg   The background image for the web browser interface. This image must exist on the server in the /img directory. Set this value to nothing to have no image. This setting will not work if you have upgraded from a version prior to 2.3e. In that case, edit tpl/define.txt instead to change the image. 2.3e
web_background_color Text white #FFFFFF Web browser background color. Use any valid html color name or the the html #...... color code. 2.9a
web_text_color Text black #770000 Web browser text color. Use any valid html color name or the the html #...... color code. 2.9a
web_section_header_background_color Text ivory   Web browser section header background color. Use any valid html color name or the the html #...... color code. 2.9a
web_odd_table_line_background_color Text white   Color of every second table line background 2.9a
web_list_background_color Text steelblue   Background color of list of links 2.9a
web_list_text_color Text white   Text color of list of links 2.9a
web_list_background_color2 Text khaki   Background color of first item in a list of links 2.9a
web_list_text_color2 Text black   Text Color of first item in a list of links 2.9a
web_list_background_color3 Text white   Background color in other types of lists 2.9a
web_list_text_color3 Text blue   Text Color in other types of lists. 2.9a
web_important_text_color Text orange   Color of important text 2.9a
web_important_text_color2 Text red   Alternative color of important text 2.9a
web_login_page_heading_background_color Text #336699   Background color of heading saying program name (default DBabble) on login page 2.9a
web_login_page_heading_text_color Text white   Text color of heading saying program name (default DBabble) on login page 2.9a
Windows Client Settings          
win_version_required Text   0.2a If specified, requires local users of the windows client, to have at least the specified version of it. Server already ensures that compatible versions are required, but if this setting is specified, it overrides the default value. Requires server restart after changing  
win_set_host Boolean true   If true, we modify the windows client download to default to our host and port so that users don't have to enter it themselves. Additionally, if false, then changing the program_name setting will not affect the windows client download 0.5e
win_host_port Text   free.dbabble.com 8132 If specified, then the windows client is automatically configured to connect to this address instead of the standard address formed from the domain setting and the port setting. Make sure you include both the domain/ip address and a space followed by the port. It is not recommended using port 80 for the windows client, as some ISP's modify http requests going through port 80, which can stop the windows client functioning correctly. By default DBabble will set the client to connect to port 8132 even if you have changed the port setting to 80 as long as 8132 is still listed in the extra_ports setting 1.1h
win_default_use_ssl Boolean true   If this setting is on and if the server is listening on at least one SSL port, then this client will by default be configured to connect using SSL. The default SSL port it will try will be 8133 (as long as it is listen in the ssl_port or extra_ssl_ports settings) or whatever is specified by the ssl_port_tell setting 2.3a
client_no_server_change Boolean false   If true, then on the windows client configuration window, there will be no option for the users to change what server name they connect to. 1.4k
client_check_interval Time Interval 60 seconds   Specifies the number of seconds between each small request that the windows client sends to the server to check that it is still connected. If you increase this, increase the online_expire setting to be higher than this setting. 1.5a
client_listen_threshold Integer 400   Specifies the number of channels that must be used before windows clients that can accept incoming connections will do so. Should not make this much more than half the maximum number of channels. Set this setting to 0 to force clients to accept incoming connections if possible. 1.5a
max_tell_upgrade_per_minute Integer 10   To prevent server overloading tell only at most this many users that there is a new version of the Windows client available per minute 1.5a
delay_tell_upgrade Time Interval 15 minutes   Just in case something goes wrong when you upgrade your server, the server does not tell non administrator users about new versions of the Windows client for this long after the upgrade 1.5p
client_background_image_on Boolean true   If the Windows client option to use a background image is on by default 2.3e
client_background_image_off_low_color Boolean true   If the machine the Windows client is running on only supports 256 colors or less, then the background image defaults to off due to it not looking good and causing performance problems. 2.6i
client_background_image Text marble1.jpg   Default background image for Windows client. This file must exist on the server in the /client directory. Any new downloads of the Windows client from your server will automatically have this file included and set to the background image. By default this image is tiled to the background. If you want a single copy of this image centered in each Window, use the client_background_image_adjust setting 2.3e
client_background_image_adjust Text 1 +25 +25 +25 1 -20 +10 +10 1 +50 +50 +50 0 1 0   Settings for adjusting color of Windows client background image. First number is 0 or 1 specifying whether the checkbox is on or not. Next 3 values are percentages to adjust red, green, and blue intensity of standard background image. The 4 are same, but for button/menu images. Next 4 are same but for text area images. Next value is whether to apply image to text area images (slow on some computers) (1=yes 0=no). Next value is whether the image is tiled (rather than a single copy centered in the window) (1=yes 0=no). Last value is whether button highlighing is on (1=No 2=Yes). 2.3e
client_data_in_user_directory Boolean false true If this setting is on then client side user data (e.g. save user name & password, and cached instant messages) are stored in the user's windows 'Documents and Settings\WindowsUserName\Application Data\DBabble' directory. The default is to store all DBabble files and settings within the DBabble installation directory 2.3e
client_use_windows_login_name Boolean false true If this setting is on, then whenever the DBabble Windows client starts, it sets the DBabble login user name to the current Windows login user name 2.3e
client_open_group_window Multiple Values   5 1 2 * This setting is used to make the Windows client open a chat room or discussion group window to open in addition to (or instead of) the main window when the user logs in. The first value specifies the group id (a single integer found on the group modify page). The second parameter specifies whether or not to (1=yes 0=no) open the main window as normal too (normal operation is for the main window to only open if the user manually logs in by pressing the login button rather than an automatic login while DBabble is not the active application). The third parameter specifies a user group id (a single integer - the value after the '-' character in the user group modify window) of a user group that a user must be a member of (and set to receive messages sent to the user group) in order for this group window to automatically open for them. Use a value of 0 for this parameter to match every user. The last parameter is an ip address list which the user must connect from for this setting to apply. Use a * to match all ip addresses. This setting will only apply if the discussion group or chat room specified is listed in the user's subscribed group list. There are options in the group modify window to make particular groups automatically added to the subscribed group list of all users. 2.4g
show_client_license_agreement Boolean true   If this setting is on then anyone who installs the Windows client downloaded from your server must accept our license agreement before doing so. You may modify (by editing lang/English.license in the server directory) or remove the client license agreement, but in doing so you agree to take all responsibility for any problems or damage caused by DBabble to your clients or your clients' machines. 2.4h
Discussion, Chat Room, and Talk Settings          
itemspace Text 100 MB   Space for items in discussions / chats (in megabytes)  
filespace Text 100 MB   Space to allow attachments/files to use (in megabytes)  
web_only_show_chat_room Text   1 If this setting has a value, then when a user logs in to the web interface, then the chat room with a group id equal to this is all that the user sees of the interface - i.e. no instant messaging, other chat rooms etc. 2.9h
web_only_show_forum Text   1 If this setting has a value, then when a user logs in to the web interface, then the forum with a group id equal to this is all that the user sees of the interface - i.e. no instant messaging, other forums etc. 2.9h
direct_discussion_group_access Boolean false   If this setting is on then anyone can read public discussion groups via a direct URL to the group of the form http://domain.name/forums/group.nntp.name/ For example http://free.dbabble.com/forums/dbabble.general/ 2.5a
direct_discussion_group_file_access Boolean true   If this setting is on then non-private discussion group attachments are accessible via a public URL. This feature is intended for use when users choose to receive email copies of articles posted to discussions, but the attachment is larger than the smtp_include_attachments setting. In this case the attachment is not included within the sent email, but a link to download it is instead. 2.5d
show_find_groups Boolean true   If you turn this setting off, then there will not be a separate window for users to find chat rooms and discussions group in - i.e. all non-private groups will be listed in their subscribed group list. If you plan on only having less than about 10 discussion groups and chat rooms on this server and not linking this server to any other servers then it would be a good idea to turn this setting off. 2.5a
show_find_groups_options Integer 10   If there are less than this many discussion groups and chat rooms (and this server is not linked to any other servers) on your server, then the group (chat room and discussions) searching options (categories, title searching etc) are not displayed 2.5a
show_group_categories Boolean true   Specifies whether or not the discussion group and chat room categories are displayed 2.5a
group_page_size Integer 50   Number of group items per page  
members_page_size Integer 50   Number of group members listed per page 1.3b
chat_timeout Time Interval 20 secs   Time before chat/talk users who haven't requested an update are considered to have left  
talk_lines Integer 5   The number of lines displayed per user during a private talk  
chat_messages Integer 8   The number of messages displayed in a chat room when a user first enters. This setting can have a maximum of in versions prior to 2.7a  
chat_show_times Boolean true   If on the the time is displayed next to each message in chat rooms 2.2c
chat_show_users Integer 3   Whether or not to show the users present list in chat rooms. 0=Never. 1=Admin 2=Admin or moderators only. 3=All users 2.7a
web_show_chat_users Boolean true   If you turn this setting off, then the frame that shows the list of users present and lets you invite other users in a chat room will not appear. If this setting is on, then it will be overriden by the newer setting called chat_show_users. 2.1j
chat_messages_from Time Interval 5 minutes   When a user enters a chat room, a few recent messages up to this long ago will be displayed. No more than the chat_messages setting will be displayed in any case. 1.2d
items_read_expire Time Interval 3 months   The server keeps a record of which items a user has read in a group for this long after the user hasn't read any articles in the group before discarding the record (about 300 bytes per user per group) 0.6c
min_expire Time Interval 1 day   Any article or file posted to a group is guaranteed to remain at least this long before expiring  
add_footers Integer 1   If 0, nothing added. If 1, items/post.add is appended to all discussion items. If 2, items/post.add is prepended to all discussion items. You can use different a different post.add for each discussion by creating a post.add within the items/gid directory. 1.2n
pull_add_footers Boolean false   If true, then the add_footers setting is also applied to articles pulled from external news groups 1.2n
nntp_add_footers Integer 0   Controls adding of a header or footer to the content of every article made available via nntp. The file items/nntp.add is used (or if these files exists: items/nntp_anonymous.add for anonymous users or items/nntp_ad_clicked.add for authenticated users who have clicked on an advertisement recently). If 0, nothing added. If 1, file is added to end of article. If 2, file is added to top of article. Must do a reload command after editing nntp.add to force server to reload it. 1.3d
member_email_footer Boolean true   If true, then at footer is appended to outgoing discussion email telling them how to unsubscribe from it 1.2n
discussion_reject_words Text   sex shit A space separated list of words that are not allowed to be present in discussion group posts 1.2n
chat_reject_words Text   sex shit A space separated list of words that are not allowed to be present in chat room messages 1.2n
group_index_memory_cache Byte Count 10 MB   Specifies a maximum on how much memory can be used for in memory caching of group indexes. Each group item requires almost 300 bytes of memory, so you get about 3,500 items indexes cached in memory per MB. If you have lots of large groups on your server, and memory to spare, increase this setting. 1.2n
expire_more_than_group_settings Boolean false   If true, then if discussion groups are using more disk space that allowed by the itemspace and filespace settings and all articles older than each groups expire time have already been deleted, then even some articles that were posted less recently than the group's expire time will be deleted in order to free up disk space. 2.3k
web_groups_list_moderators Boolean true   If this setting is on then a list of each discussion group and chat room moderators/administrators is displayed in user's subscribed group lists and within the discussion group window. You can manually choose where you want the moderators listed by editing the template pages yourself. Search for lines of the form ||include||list_moderators.htm||. 2.4g
authors_can_move_articles Boolean false   If on, then the author of discussion group articles are able to move their articles (and all replies) to new locations. If this setting is off, only moderators and administrators are able to move articles. Note - there is also a user permission field that you can assign to users to allow them to move articles in any discussion group. 2.9e
discussion_edit_prepend_note Boolean false   If on, then when an article is edited, is has a note added to the start mentioning who/when edited it. 2.9e
discussion_resend_on_edit Boolean true   If on, then when an aricle is edited, it is marked unread and resent as email/instant messages to interested users 2.9e
discussion_move_prepend_note Integer 1   Controls prepending an article with a note mentioning who moved it and when. 0=Never 1=Only if moved between forums (not when moved within a forum) 2=Always 2.9e
discussion_move_copy_read_status Integer 1   Controls whether or not the read status of moved articles is preserved. 0=Never 1=Only if moved within a forum 2=Always 2.9e
discussion_user_group_members_only Boolean false   if a discussion group is set to be only accessible by members of a particular user group, then if this setting is on, only members of that user group will be able to access the forum, even if other members are specified in the forum members page. 2.9p
max_cross_post Integer 2   Specifies the maximum number of discussion groups a single message can be posted to at a time (NNTP only) 1.3b
reject_blank_articles Boolean false   If false, then discussion articles are allowed to contain empty bodies 1.3b
fts_enabled Boolean true   Specifies whether full text searching is enabled on this server. You will need to restart the server after changing any full text searching parameters. If you have upgraded from a version of DBabble prior to 1.4a (which did not have full text searching), use the manager command "full text index all existing articles" to enable full text searching on old articles. 1.4a
fts_page_size Integer 20   The number of articles listed per page in full text search results 1.4a
fts_index_numbers Boolean true   If true , full text searching treats words containing different digits as distinct words. For example if this setting is false, "abc22" and "abc23" would be treated as identical words. 1.4a
fts_index_high_bytes Boolean true   If false , full text searching ignores character values>127. Set this setting to true when using with languages that require high bytes. 1.4a
fts_index_headers Text Subject: Keywords: From: Summary: Newsgroups: X-Attachment:   A space separated list of article headers which are used in full text searching 1.4a
fts_item_words Integer 1000   Only the first this many words in each article are indexed for full text searching. The higher this is the more disk space and slower full text searching will work. 1.4a
fts_word_max Integer 10%   This is the number of times a single word can occur before it is considered to be so common that it has no value as a searching tool. This number is a percent of items. Once a word occurs in more than this many articles, searching based on this word will not find any results. 1.4a
fts_min_substring_length Integer 4   The minimum number of bytes long a search string must be before it is allowed to be used for searching as a substring of other words. If you make this too low, then full text searching on substrings may become quite slow. Set this to 100 to disable substring searching. You will need to restart the server, and then do the manager command "full text index all existing articles" before changes take effect 1.4n
show_posting_ip Integer 2   Specifies whether or not the NNTP-Posting-Host header is visible to users. 0=Visible to nobody, 1=Visible to Admin, 2=Visible to Everyone 1.5a
min_ratings_before_average Integer 3   Each discussion group article must have been rated by at least this many users before it's rating is displayed and used for hiding low rated articles from users who don't want to see them. 2.2c
submit_average_user_rating Text 5 3 3   Syntax 'a b c'. If a user has made at least 'a' rated article posts, each rated on average by at least 'b' different people, then 'c' copies of their average rating is automatically submitted for any new discussion group posts they make. For example, if this setting is '5 3 3' if user 'xyz' has previously posted 10 discussion group posts, 7 of which have been rated, and the total number of ratings submitted for these 7 articles is 23 (giving a value for b of 23/7=3.3) , with an average rating of 3.3, then when this user makes any new posts, these new posts automatically have 3 anonymous ratings submitted to make an average as close to 3.3 as possible - in this case, two of '3' and one of '4' 2.3a
use_group_ratings Integer 2   If 0, then group ratings are not used. If 1, then group article ratings are used for every discussion group. If 2, then whether or not group article ratings are used can be specified on a per group basis in the group settings. 2.2c
guests_can_rate_articles Boolean true   If true then guest users are able to give ratings to discussion group articles. 2.2c
hide_old_articles Time Interval 0 14 days Discussion group articles posted longer than this amount of time ago are not visible to non-administrator or group moderator users. If you turn this setting on, you will probably also want to turn on the setting called accurate_article_counts 2.4a
accurate_article_counts Boolean false   If this setting is on, then article (and new) counts of articles in each discussion group are more accurate, but are slow to calculate. It only becomes significantly slow if you have thousands of articles in any discussion group. If this setting is off, then article counts may be wrong due to articles posted but not yet moderated or due to hiding articles older than a certain date. 2.4a
Logging Settings          
debug Boolean false   If set to true, then all log files are enabled and flushed on every write  
log_error Text on 1MB 3 flush   Specifies logging settings for errors. Syntax is "[on/off] [maximum log file size] [number of log files] [flush/no-flush]". Flushing means the log file is flushed to disk after every write and degrades performance. With flushing disabled, files are flushed to disk every 10 seconds. 1.5a
log_warning Text on 1MB 3 flush   Specifies logging settings for warnings and errors 2.0c
log_info Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for information messages 1.5a
log_debug Text off 1MB 2 flush   Specifies logging settings for debugging messages 1.5a
log_tcp_info Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for tcp information (all opened and closed connections) 1.5a
log_tcp_data Text off 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for tcp data (all sent and received data) 1.5a
log_users Text on 1MB 3 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for when users are created, come online, or go offline. 1.3f
log_stats Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for performance statistics. (includes information such as number of connections open, number of requests handled) 1.3f
log_actions Text on 1MB 3 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for when users come online, go offline, send instant messages, post discussion messages, send/receive email 1.3f
log_messages Text off 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for instant message contents 1.5a
log_discussion Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for discussion message contents 1.5a
log_chat Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for chat message contents 1.5a
log_talk Text off 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for talk (private conversation) message contents 1.5a
log_email_in Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for incoming email contents 1.3f
log_email_out Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for outgoing email contents 1.3f
log_ex_process Text on 1MB 2 no-flush   Specifies logging settings for stdout and stderr from external process started using external_process setting 1.4c
visual_debug Boolean false   If true, some logging data may appear on web pages  
malloc_listing Boolean false   If true, we keep a list of all malloc/realloc/strdup/free calls to find source of memory leaks (Note - we count all calls anyway, so on shutdown we notice if we haven't freed everything anyway - this just finds the source code location of any unfreed blocks) (Greatly Impairs Performance)  
malloc_logging Boolean false   If true, we log every malloc/realloc/strdup/free call (Impairs Performance) (Doesn't log calls before loading ini-file  
log_status_interval Time Interval 1 minute   Specifies how often performance statistics are logged 0.5b
Master/Slave/Remote Server Settings          
hid Text 1   The Host ID for this Server (not needed for stand-alone server) - Can't change while server is running  
master Text   dbabble.com Master server for this group of servers (optional)  
slave_pass Text   xyzzy Password for master server login  
local_name Text   Netwin When any option appears that would refer something like "local users only", the word local gets replaced by this value. Note - you will also need to change any references to the word "local" in user_fields.dat 1.1e
remote_server_timeout Time Interval 20 seconds   We time-out requests to other Servers after this long  
slave_auto_register Boolean false   If true and this is not a slave server, then provide a form accessible from login page for other server administrators to register their server with us 0.1g
slave_default_global_groups Integer 5   The default number of global groups we allow slaves to have 0.1g
master_ip Text   161.29.2.26 If this is a master server, and a DNS lookup from here would translate to an invalid IP address for our slaves, use this ip number instead 0.3b
remote_use_ip Text false   If true, then whenever we give out remote server domain names to clients or web browsers, we instead give them an IP address 2.1g
Uncommon Settings          
web_domain Text   mail.dbabble.com If your domain name is different for web pages compared to email, then specify the email name in the 'domain' setting and your web domain in this setting 2.9n
ignore_users_enabled Boolean true   Whether or not users can choose to ignore other users 2.3c
external_viruschecker Text   /usr/local/bin/sweep -s -nc -remove -archive $FILE$ Specify a virus scanning process to run for each attachment sent or received in instant messages, discussions and chat rooms. The virus scanner should delete, quarantine or repair any files that contain viruses before terminating. $FILE$ is replaced by DBabble with the full path and filename of the file to be scanned. See https://netwinsite.com/dmail/anti_virus.htm for recommended virus scanners and examples for our DMail software which uses the same syntax as DBabble 2.1i
min_free_disk_space Byte Count 25 MB   If free server disk space is ever below this value, then posting to discussions, chat rooms, and sending instant messages are all disabled until some disk space is made available. When free disk space drops below twice this setting, a warning message is sent to administrator. Set this value to 0 to disable free disk space checking. 2.1g
port_tell Integer   80 If given, server advertises that it is listening on this port instead of what the port setting is. Useful if you have an external port-mapping to the real server port 0.6b
ssl_port_tell Integer   443 If given, server advertises that it is listening on this SSL port instead of what the ssl_port setting is. Useful if you have an external port-mapping to the real server port 2.3a
extra_ports Text 8132 80 8080 A space separated list of additional ports to listen on. Connections are treated identically to connections to the main port 0.5e
extra_ssl_ports Text 8133 443 8133 A space separated list of additional ssl ports to listen on. Connections are treated identically to connections to the main ssl port 2.3a
ssl_msie_bug_workarounds Boolean true   If this setting is on then DBabble responds differently to Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers to work around some bugs in Internet Explorer when using the SSL protocol. These are not allowing keep-alive connections and doing unclean SSL socket shutdowns. These and other MSIE bugs are documented at http://www.modssl.org/docs/2.8/ssl_faq.html#ToC49 in reference to SSL on Apache web servers. 2.3a
ssl_cipher_suite Text ie_bug_fix   Set this setting to nothing to make all the ciphers available. The ie_bug_fix value of this setting gets translated to ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP and is mainly intended to work around bugs with some 56bit export versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. For the syntax for this setting, see http://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/ciphers.html#CIPHER_STRINGS 2.3a
ssl_allow_version3 Boolean true   If you disable this setting then SSLV3 is not used. This can be used to work around bugs in some rare versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer using SSL, but disabling this setting could effect communication with other browsers so it is not recommended 2.3a
external_process Text   C:\dbabblesvr\stunnel.exe -d 8445 -r 8132 Specifies an external process to start and stop whenever DBabble starts and stops. You must specify the full path to the executable. All output from the external process is logged in ex_process.log 1.4c
max_online_users Integer 10000   The maximum number of users allowed to login simultaneously. If there are already this many online users when another user tries to login, their login attempt will be rejected. 2.3i
max_users_per_chat_room Integer 1000   The maximum number of users allowed to be present in a chat room at once. If there are already this many users in a chat room when another user attempts to enter, they will not be allowed to enter 2.3i
english_replace_words Multiple Values   "friends"->"contacts" Replace all occurrences of a word with a different word in the 'English' language file. For example, you can use this to replace all occurrences of 'friend' with 'contact'. For more advanced language word replacement, including languages other than English, see https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/languages.htm. There is a manager command to set default values for this setting. 2.6f
using_https Boolean false   If true, then when the server adds direct http links to itself within messages, it uses https instead. This setting is for use if you are using an external SSL program between your users and this server. See https://netwinsite.com/dbabble/manage.htm#encryption for details. 1.4a
jabber_gateways_enabled Boolean true   Specifies whether users can use Jabber protocol gateways to connect to other instant messaging protocols. Use the jabber_gateway to create default gateway settings for your users. In order for this feature to work, your server must be accessible from the internet on port 5269 using the domain name specified by the 'domain' setting (or 'jabber_domain' if it should be different) 2.4i
jabber_gateway Multiple Values   jabber_gateway aim.jabber.org.uk jabber.org.uk @aim 'AIM (AOL)' 'AIM Name' 'AIM Password' 1 Specifies a Jabber protocol gateway to another instant messaging protocol. Used for allowing users to connect to other instant messaging servers whenever they are using DBabble. All Jabber gateway values can be disabled with the jabber_gateways_enabled setting. The first parameter to this setting specifies the domain name of the gateway server that is included in the 'To' header of any data sent to it. The second parameter is the domain name or ip address used to actually connect to the server. (this should be the same as the first parameter, but for some existing publicly available servers, the actual domain name is not registered.) The third parameter specifies a suffix that must appear at the end of friend names to be recognized for the purposes of sending to this gateway. For example 123@icq would mean the friend is an ICQ gateway friend with icq number 123. Note: Some gateways have additional special recognition. For example, if the suffix is @icq, the user is presented with an option to import their existing ICQ contact list. The final value is either a 0 or 1 representing whether DBabble should send a subscribe message for all the user's contacts each time they connect. On some servers this is necessary for it to function properly, but on others it will send an authorization message to the contact every time. For a list of public Jabber gateway servers available, see http://www.jabber.org/user/publicservers.php or consider installing your own for better security and performance. You should be aware when using the same machine for different protocols that some Jabber server implementations do unexpected things if multiple protocols try to connect at the same time, which can cause it to not work properly. For this reason (and to share the load around) the default settings use a different domain for each protocol. 2.4i
jabber_gateways_upgrade Boolean true   If this setting is on, then when you upgrade the server any jabber_gateway settings that have values equal to the default value in old versions which now have different default values in this version are treated as though they are using the new value. This is used for situations where the jabber_gateway servers used in older versions no longer work, 2.5c
jabber_server_port Integer 5269   Specifies the port that the server listens on for incoming Jabber server messages 2.4i
jabber_domain Text     This setting specifies the domain name of this server for the purposes of being connected to by other Jabber servers. If you leave this setting blank, then it uses the same value as the 'domain' setting. In most situations you should leave this setting blank. If you change this setting, you must restart the server. 2.4i
jabber_reject_from Text messenger@microsoft.com, YahooMessengerTeam@yahoo   This setting is used to reject jabber messages from specific users. It is intended for ignoring messages from an external instant messaging server informing their clients that they must upgrade their client. The value of this setting can be a comma separated list of values. 2.5h
jabber_resend_status_interval Time Interval 4 minutes   This setting is used to work around problems with Jabber gateway servers. For example, some MSN Jabber gateway servers will decide that all about 4 am GMT every day to forget about all users that are online until they resend their online status. This setting is used to resend every online or idle user's status to the gateway servers this often. Set to 0 to disable. For optimal performance, this setting should be slightly less than the socket_expire setting. 2.6k
icq_enabled Boolean false   [This setting no longer works. Use the jabber_gateways_enabled setting instead.] If true, then users can specify an existing icq account number and password in their preferences, and then whenever the log in, the server will log into that icq account to allow that user to communicate with icq users through DBabble. 1.6c
nntp_extra_ports Text   4119 A space separated list of additional NNTP ports to listen on. Connections are treated identically to connections to the main nntp port, except in the case where you have issued a "Renumber Articles to Match Pull Server" command, which is only applied to the primary NNTP port. 1.3b
remove_deleted_friends Boolean true   If true, then when a user is deleted, they are removed from the friends list of any other users who have them as a friend next time the other user logs in. 1.5d
show_login_on_empty_request Boolean false   If true, then whenever an empty request is sent (e.g "http://127.0.0.1:8132/cgi/dbabble.cgi") the login page is shown. If false, then an error page is shown (the login page is only shown on requests of the form "http://127.0.0.1:8132"). This setting is mainly to provide backwards compatibility with old versions, where the default was to show the login page on empty requests 1.2m
subject_threading Boolean true   When this setting is false, incoming discussion items posted via nntp or email are only threaded together if they have a valid references header to a previous article. If this setting is true, articles with identical subjects are also threaded together. Note that old versions of Outlook Express (97 and earlier?) do not send references headers, so if your users will be using those, you will probably want to set this to true 1.1i
users_with_at_symbols Boolean false   If this setting is true, then user names can contain the @ symbol. This is disabled by default to prevent users from creating names that look like email addresses. If user names can contain the @ symbol, then when someone sends a message to an email address from within DBabble, someone else could have created a user name the same as that email address , so they would receive the message instead. In versions 2.7r and later this setting only applies if you are using internal authentication. When using other authentication systems, this setting is considered to be on. 1.2i
users_with_hyphen_symbols Boolean false   If this setting is true, then user names can contain the - symbol. This is disabled by default to prevent users from creating names that look like DBabble users on other servers. In versions 2.7r and later this setting only applies if you are using internal authentication. When using other authentication systems, this setting is considered to be on. 1.6a
default_ugroup_filter_index Integer 0   Specifies the default option selected when sending new user group instant messages. 0=All recipients 1=Online recipients 2=Online & Idle 3=Idle 4=Idle & Offline 5=Offline 2.5a
require_cookies Boolean false   When users login, an access token is generated and used as a parameter to all requests. However, when visiting external sites, the users token will be included in the referer field, which could then be used by malicious sites to access their account while they are still logged in. So additionally a cookie is also used for authentication confirmation if allowed by the users browser settings. If a users browser settings do not allow cookies, then normally their login is allowed, but there is the slight security hole. If this setting is true, users won't be able to login unless they have cookies enabled 1.1d
invite_users Boolean false   If true, then in the search for users page, there is a link to a page that lets users send invitations by email to a specific user to join DBabble. In versions 2.2c and later, user also has the option of automatically creating a new account for the user and attaching the windows client to the email message sent. In addition to this setting being on, the a user who wants to invite other users must have the 'Can Invite Users' permission on in their user details. 1.0d
smileys_enabled Boolean true   If on then when users read messages containing smileys in the web browser interface (e.g. :-) ) then they get replaced by images. Smileys and matching images are defined in the file smileys.txt on the server. Smileys are substituted for in any template variable prefixed with html_ref_encode_ or html_ref_encode2_ 2.3a
priority Integer 2   Windows NT/2000 only. Valid values 0-4. Changes the main thread priority. 0=lowest 1=below normal 2=normal 3=above normal 4=highest. Useful when using Netscape's Web Browser on same system as server, as Netscape decides to use as much of the CPU as it can while waiting for a reply - set to 3 in this case to fix problem. WARNING - change with care - can affect performance of other applications. 1.1a
max_daily_article_delete Integer 100   The maximum number of articles that users with the "Delete Articles" permission can delete each day 1.4i
web_login_page_image Text dblogin.gif   The file name of the image displayed at the top of the web browser login page. This file must exist in the /img sub-directory of the directory the server is installed in. Different versions of this image can for each language can be optionally created in sub-directories. For example /img/English/dblogin.gif. This setting is no longer used in versions 2.7y and later. 2.3k
timezone_post Text   +0700 The timezone to add to posts to discussion groups and email if the default local timezone that DBabble uses is not correct  
timezone_add Boolean false true If true then the local timezone is appended to displayed times. 1.2c
time_show_seconds Boolean false true If true, then the seconds are appended to instant message and discussion group items times that the user sees. 1.2c
show_using Integer 1   Whenever a user views another user's details, they get to see what browser+platform/windows client, and ip address the other user is using. If set to 0, no-one can see what others are using. If set to 1, they can see what browser and platform are being used. If set to 2, they can also see the ip address. In any case, administrator users see all values. 1.2c
date_day_first Boolean false   If true then user-specified dates are assumed to be of form day/month/year rather than month/day/year 0.6a
tpl_names Boolean false   If true, comments are added to generated web pages with template source file names 0.5b
tpl_cache Boolean true   If true, then template files are partially parsed and cached in memory when accessed the first time to improved performance. Memory cache is cleared on reload command. Set this setting to false while customizing your templates so that you can edit and view results without reloading server 1.3b
memory_files Integer 10   Specifies the maximum number of temporary files that can be in memory before they written to disk. Used for performance improvement. 1.3e
lang_errors Boolean true   If true, language translations are checked for the correct number and formatting of %% signs, and rejects the translation if there are not. Note - setting this to false could cause invalid language translations to crash the server and/or client 1.2d
lang_warnings Boolean true   Only applies if lang_errors setting is on. When an error is detected, if this setting is true, a warning message is generated in error.log. Turn this setting off to avoid lots of warning messages appearing in error.log when you really don't care about them. 1.6e
search_page_size Integer 50   Number of search results per page  
max_search_size Integer 1000   Maximum number of results from a single user search  
max_file_size Byte Count 5MB   The maximum size of individual attachment files posted to discussions, chat rooms and other users. If you want this higher than 10MB, you should also increase the max_tcp_data_size setting to be at least twice the value of this setting.  
max_tcp_data_size Byte Count 10MB   The maximum size of any incoming and outgoing tcp messages. 1.6c
program Text /dbabble   The web reference to the server. This can be whatever you want as long as it isn't a directory name in use (eg /img /files /ads /help). Changed in 2.2c to default to same as program_name setting but with spaces removed and a / prepended  
ops_on_startup Boolean false   If true, all daily operations are performed on startup. If false, they are all performed staggered over next hour after startup 0.5d
daily_ops_at Integer 1   Specifies the number of hours past midnight (0-23) local time at which to perform daily operations (such as expiring old discussion items). It is recommended that you choose a time at which users are generally not online so as not to degrade performance for them. 1.4b
first_user_admin Boolean true   If true, the user with the lowest user-id has administrator rights. If the originally lowest numbered account is deleted, the new lowest numbered account becomes an administrator. 0.4j
max_msg_to Integer 10   The maximum number of recipients of a single message (excludes broadcast messages) 1.0d
online_expire Time Interval 2 minutes   If a user makes no contact for this long, then they are assumed offline. This setting can not be less than the client_check_interval setting.  
relogin_expire Time Interval 24 hours   If a user makes no contact for this long, then they are logged out (ie they can't be relogged-in using their current access token  
user_hash_num Integer 100000   The number of hash table entries used for recording user details. Uses about 10 bytes of memory per entry. This should be at least the number of users in your user database for optimal performance (the higher the better). Must restart server after changing this value. 1.5a
user_group_all_can_send_to Boolean false   If this setting is on, then every user is allowed to post to every user group they can see, regardless of their permissions. This setting is to provide backwards compatibility with versions prior to 2.1j, where there was a bug which allowed users to post to user groups even if they did not have permission to do so. 2.1j
user_group_search_show_all Boolean true   If you turn this setting off, then when a user views the user group search page, it will not show user groups which they already have listed in their subscribed user group list 2.1j
force_listen Boolean false   Windows Only: If true, then when trying to listen on a port, if another program is already listening on the required port, DBabble will listen on it anyway. Sometimes this can result in the original program loosing access to the port and DBabble gaining it instead. If false, then if another program is already listening on a port DBabble wants to use then an error message is generated 1.5v
image_cache_control Text max-age=3600, must-revalidate   Specifies the value for the cache-control field of files downloaded from the /img/ and /sounds/ directories on the server as well as javascript files. The 3600 part means all images downloaded are never checked with the server again for 3600 seconds (1 hour). If you will never be changing the images on your server, you may want to increase this value. 2.2c
max_memory_allocation Byte Count 500 MB   Windows servers only. Specifies the maximum amount of memory the server can have allocated at any given time for any purposes. This setting is mainly intended to catch any possible bug where the server may keep allocating memory when it shouldn't. If it tries to allocate more memory than this in total, this program will restart itself. Set this setting to 0 to disable this check. It is not recommended setting this setting to less than 100MB. If your machine has more memory, you should set this setting to about 30MB less than the total amount of memory you want DBabble to use. 2.3k
show_netwin_links Boolean true   If links are shown to other Netwin products on the server login page. You can remove these if you want but we would appreciate it if you maintained them somewhere on your site. 2.3a
ssl_private_key_bits Integer 1024   When your SSL private key is created it has this many bits. Higher values gives more secure encryption but slower performance. If you change this setting, then you must re-create your SSL private key for this to take effect. You can do this with the 'Recreate SSL private key' manager command. 1024 bits is secure enough for most cases. Anything much larger than this will greatly reduce server performance since encrypting/decrypting all network traffic is CPU intensive. 2.4c
chat_send_transcripts Text   3 1 1 day Parameters are (chat room group id) (mark message as read) (time interval). Sends a transcript of the specified chat room to all users on the system this often. 2.7a
tcp_socket_dup Boolean true   Controls whether socket handles are duplicated for purposes of working properly when other programs are spawned. On some Windows computers this causes problems so turn this setting off it is does cause problems. Note - turning this setting off may cause other problems, particularly if you are using an external authentication process to authenticate your users 2.6j
client_run_external_program Text   "Microsoft Word" %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office10\winword.exe Adds a link to the Windows client file and tray menus to run the specified program 2.7b
error_auto_restart Boolean true   If on, then if the server ever crashes or hangs, it is automatically restarted and an error message emailed to server administrator. 2.2a
error_hang_timeout Time Interval 5 minutes   If the server does not reach the point where it processes new incoming requests for longer than this time interval, then it is automatically terminated (and restarted if the error_auto_restart setting is on) 2.2a
error_catching Integer 1   Specifies what to do if an error occurs on the server. 0=Don't catch and pass on to OS. 1=Catch, log it (to log/crash.log) and terminate 2=Catch, log it, and pass on to OS. After and error occurs, the server will restart if the error_auto_restart setting is on, but on some OSs this may not be possible if the error is passed on to the OS. 2.2a
Test Settings (you shouldn't change these or server may not work)          
testing Boolean false   For testing purposes only - if true, server may do unexpected things  
test_value Integer 0   Don't set this to anything other than 0. Your server may not work if you do  
dont_build_help Boolean false   If true, then cached help files are never rebuilt even after server restart  
netwin_value Integer     Don't set this to anything. It is for internal Netwin use