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From: Grant Taylor (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Wed, 12.06.19 11:53
How did multi-node boards work?
From: Grant Taylor

Followups to: alt.bbs.general

Hi,

How did multi-node boards work?

Did they require support from the board software?

Or did each node (machine) only know about the drive letters and serial
ports that it had access to?



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From: Grant Taylor (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Fri, 14.06.19 10:12
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: Grant Taylor

On 6/12/19 3:28 PM, Marisag wrote:
> They required software that supported multiple nodes, and a modem
> for each...

Thank you for the reply Marisa.



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From: Marisag (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Sat, 15.06.19 14:24
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: "Marisag"

To: Grant Taylor
Re: Re: How did multi-node boards work?
By: Grant Taylor to alt.bbs.allsysop on Fri Jun 14 2019 20:12:47

> Thank you for the reply Marisa.

Sure ;)

Marisa
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From: the.ertceps@gmail.com (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Mon, 09.09.19 12:56
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: the.ertceps@gmail.com

> How did multi-node boards work?
>
> Did they require support from the board software?
>
> Or did each node (machine) only know about the drive letters and serial
> ports that it had access to?

A lot of MS-DOS boards began life as single node boards. Most of the multi-node
ideas were tacked on like a bad afterthought, since after the 386 arrived the
capacity for mult-tasking had arrived.

To that end most inter node communication was done with semaphore files and
file locking. There's no capacity to talk directly to the other node process.
And this is usually limited to sending a message or seeing what another node is
doing.

This was true of QuickBBS, Remote Access, SuperBBS and any of the other myriad
of clones that were around at the time.

A
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From: Grant Taylor (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Sun, 14.06.20 10:12
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: Grant Taylor <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net>

On 6/12/19 3:28 PM, Marisag wrote:
> They required software that supported multiple nodes, and a modem
> for each...

Thank you for the reply Marisa.



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From: Marisag (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Sun, 14.06.20 14:57
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: "Marisag" <marisag@amigacity.xyz.remove-ll7-this>

To: Grant Taylor
Re: Re: How did multi-node boards work?
By: Grant Taylor to alt.bbs.allsysop on Fri Jun 14 2019 20:12:47

> Thank you for the reply Marisa.

Sure ;)

Marisa
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From: the.ertceps@gmail.com (1:396/4)
To: n/a
Date: Mon, 09.09.19 12:56
Re: How did multi-node boards work?
From: the.ertceps@gmail.com

> How did multi-node boards work?
>
> Did they require support from the board software?
>
> Or did each node (machine) only know about the drive letters and serial
> ports that it had access to?

A lot of MS-DOS boards began life as single node boards. Most of the multi-node
ideas were tacked on like a bad afterthought, since after the 386 arrived the
capacity for mult-tasking had arrived.

To that end most inter node communication was done with semaphore files and
file locking. There's no capacity to talk directly to the other node process.
And this is usually limited to sending a message or seeing what another node is
doing.

This was true of QuickBBS, Remote Access, SuperBBS and any of the other myriad
of clones that were around at the time.

A
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