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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:

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 [] . 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!

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

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

Well, I did this search [] 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.

Obligatory BBS Ad. (2)

!Xabbu (1769) | more than 12 years ago | (#2824980)

Sorry.. has to be done.. must.. keep.. scene... alive....

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Re:Obligatory BBS Ad. (0)

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

As long as we're advertising here ;> (And don't take that as a criticism..I wish there were more BBSes up now, including my own which disappeared offline again sometime last year).

Some of the best attempts to save the BBS experience are being made by Rob Swindell, shouldn't forget that :>

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 [] 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! []

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:


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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