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Database QWK Readers?

Cliff posted more than 12 years ago | from the waxing-nostalgic dept.

News 12

udhay asks: "Like many other slashdot readers, I got my start online through BBSes. I also have tons of old QWK packets from the old days. I occasionally get the urge to re-read those, but it gets tedious to do it one by one. I've been hunting for a database QWK reader that will consolidate all the QWK packets into one message base, for easy retrieval. I haven't been able to find any in lots of hunting on simtel and the like, though. I was wondering if any of the Slashdot readers would know of such an app? Windoze or Linux."

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SkyReader (2, Informative)

WaldoJMU (2651) | more than 12 years ago | (#2824189)

Skyreader might work for you: http://www.fix.no/skyreader/skyinfo.htm

Note that development has been discontinued, but it is released under the GPL. Versions are available for DOS4GW, OS/2, Win32, and Linux.

Wow... (2)

KnightStalker (1929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2824194)

That takes me back.

I don't know of anything quite like what you're talking about, but the QWK file format can be found at faqsys [neutralzone.org] . It shouldn't be to hard to write a Perl decoder. Or you might be able to snag source from another project (search freshmeat for QWK, there's a couple relevant projects).

Actually, here's a better one (2, Informative)

WaldoJMU (2651) | more than 12 years ago | (#2824213)

This was the THIRD item listed in my google search for "qwk database". :) Google is your friend!

http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/47581.html

Re:Actually, here's a better one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2827071)

Well, I did this search [google.com] and it's not the third item, it's the second. It's the third link provided in the results, but the second link is to the same site as the first, thus I consider it to be attached to the first item.

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Re:Obligatory BBS Ad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2826449)

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MR/2 (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 12 years ago | (#2825714)

I know you said Windows or Linux, but OS/2 users can try MR/2 Classic [secant.com] by Nick Knight. Nick doesn't work on MR/2 any more, but he is working on MR/2 ICE, a very powerful (but somewhat klunky) email/newsgroup reader for OS/2 and Windows.

Jeez Cliff... (2)

fm6 (162816) | more than 12 years ago | (#2825867)

Ask Slashdot is my favorite topic. Please don't turn it into a refuge for the clueless! [google.com]

Re:Jeez Cliff... (1)

udhay (10304) | more than 12 years ago | (#2831394)

Mea culpa, in terms of wording. Instead of 'not been able to find any', read 'not been able to find any sufficiently good ones'.

Speed reader (2)

arcade (16638) | more than 12 years ago | (#2828604)

I remember I used a program called 'Speed Read' or 'Speed Reader', not exactly sure. You imported qwk-packets, and it stored it in its own format.

Great reader, payware, for DOS. :)

Robomail! (1)

JLester (9518) | more than 12 years ago | (#2831097)

Robomail was the best QWK reader ever made. It was not free though, so not a lot of people used it. I still have it on my computer since I copy it over every time I update. There are lots of messages in my copy. It uses a relational database to store the messages and is VERY quick. It will definitely do what you want.

Some links:

Jason

Re:Robomail! (2)

Chaostrophy (925) | more than 12 years ago | (#2835208)

I'm another happy Robomail user, it works well without the license key, your sig line is nagware, and I think there is a startup delay that is one seconded per day after the trial period.

I really liked reading my mail with a database, it ran great under OS/2 as well.
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