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Mod Version: 3.5.0Alpha, by lierduh (Member) lierduh is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.5.0 Rating: (32 votes - 4.44 average) Installs: 271
Released: 21 Jul 2005 Last Update: Never Downloads: 1109
Not Supported DB Changes Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

The latest version: V3.5.0Alpha 1 (21 Jul 2005)

What is it?

This hack provides a gateway from vBulletin forums to the USENET. It allows forum members to read newsgroup messages as well as to send posts to the newsgroups. In a nutshell, it turns vBulletin forums into a basic function news reader.

For an added bonus, this package also supports mailing list archive and forum to mailing list gateway. The software retrieves messages from a pop3 account and import them into the forums threaded. It also allows a forums user to send messages to the mailing list by the forum posting interface.

Why?

The gateway will be appreciated by forum members who do not know how to set up a news reader, or people who do not have port 119 open in their network. A forum interface to read and post news are often considered to be better than a news reader.

The gateway adds more contents to your forums and allows the members to interact with wider audience. It is common to see new users signing up to use this feature.

History

This hack was originally coded by Gilby for vB2. I modified the hack to work with vB3 and have been maintaining and improving the hack. I have now done the modification for this to work with vB3.5.

The very original hack by Gilby can be found here:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...7&page=1&pp=15

The vB3 version can be found here:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=65152

Features

Some of the features and improvement include:
  • Handles both newsgroup posts and mailing lists.
  • Handles MIME encoded messages and attachment.
  • Handles UUEncoded messages.
  • Two Admin Control Panels for all settings.
  • Automated installation.
  • Correct thread implementation. All imported messages and posts sent to newsgroups will be threaded correctly according to References and Message-ID headers.
  • Optional setting to thread by subject for mailing lists that strip references header.
  • Imported messages will be searchable just like normal forum posts.
  • Similar threads are built when the messages are imported if the system setting is on.
  • Multiple attachments importing.
  • Save attachment to database or file according to vB setting.
  • Thumbnail created while importing image files.
  • Multiple attachment post to newsgroup is also supported.
  • Selectable X-No-Archive header honouring system.
  • Light on system resources.
  • Global Killfile to filter out unwanted messages. Killfiles can have OR and AND effectiveness.
  • Strip footer by setting for incoming messages. Strips out repeated message footers.
  • Built options to disable signatures and footers for out going messages.

Future development
  • Traditional "> " lead posting interface.

What do you need and do not need?

You do not need to edit vB php files.
No need to manually run SQL.

Installation

Basically the AdminCP interfaces take care of installation as well as upgrade in the background. Back up your database first. The scripts can modify your database without alerting you!

Please follow the instructions in the readme.txt file for more details.

It is not a must to click "INSTALL" for this hack if you use it, I do try better answering the questions from people who do.

Support

Please post your support questions to this thread. Please check the FAQ in the second post within this thread first. It may be surprising, but it is possible your question is answered in the adminCP NNTP settings.

Please always provide more details about your problem. Examples and debug messages will certainly help. Well, if you don't even try to have some effort to compose your question, the answer you get may also not include much effort.

================== UPDATES ======================
Jul 21 2005 (release version 3.5.0 Alpha 1)

AdminCP xml file is written by Kadence.
  • Ported to work with vB3.5.
  • Existing bug fixes.
  • Debug message can be sent by email or logged in vB Tast Scheduler.
  • Known problem: image attachment thumb nail creation still needs work.
  • Needs to be done: Documentation.

Quick installation instruction:
1) Upload files to their correct directory
2) Enter AdminCP, click on NNTP Settings once to install/upgrade. Change settings to your like.
3) Click on NNTP Groups once to install/upgrade.
3a) For new install. Run once
http://www.yourdomain.com/setlastmsg.php

Delete this file afterwards.
If you are upgrading from an older version. There is no need to upload this file. Actually this file should not be there except brand new install.

4)
Manually run in debug mode: http://forums.yourdomain.com/gateway.php?debug=1

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  #691  
Old 21 Mar 2010, 15:06
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Originally Posted by jarosciak View Post
This is working nicely for USENET groups, but is there any way to import Google Groups?
Set up a mailsubscription for them and import them as regular mail
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Old 21 Mar 2010, 15:34
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Would just like to second this - seems to work really well - thanks TMM-TT for your help in getting it up and working again in Vb4. I shall donate something as a way of saying thanks (when i get paid later in the week!) for breathing new life into this!!

As an add-on (as D8tabyte had previously mentioned) is there any way of adding the users that are "created" as guests in this process to maybe a new "group" so they are separate from the rest of the members?? This way, if anyone wanted to join the forum from the group that was downloaded, the option would be there just to change the group that the person was in, and also it would effectively "reserve" the username.

The only downside would be if the "username" already existed, in which case maybe a 1/2/3 etc could be added to the next username.

Just a thought. Obviously not essential to do this, just a nice to have

Finally. and maybe the biggest want i would have, is there any way to import yahoo groups to this? it would have to scrape the web page and d/l the text from the messages i guess, however not being a coder i dont know how possible this would be!

Many thanks again
Paul
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Old 22 Mar 2010, 09:16
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I've just discovered a bug: Attachments seem to not work properly...
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Old 25 Mar 2010, 18:42
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Attachments

Me too :-).

I'm having problems with attachments not coming over from NNTP/DNEWS to vbulletin via the NNTP gateway properly. Suggestions would be very welcome!
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Old 25 Mar 2010, 19:08
toibs toibs is offline
 
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I'm seeing an interesting problem. When i download files everything goes fine, however it gets so far and then stops.....


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

all stops. Have checked the original post and there's nothing encoded or unusual - just text. No attachments (tho i'm about to retry with attachments "disabled" to see if there's a difference!)....

I've skipped forward a hundred of messages, nothing, just the header. If i move back it works fine, (obviously comes up with "duplicate file" and ignores), however makes me wonder if there's some kind of limit in the code??!?!

I have created another forum, and tried importing to this one, and the same happens!!!

Anyone got any clues?!?!?

Thx
Paul

Last edited by toibs; 25 Mar 2010 at 19:27.
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Old 26 Mar 2010, 22:31
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A solution for attachments in vB4:

http://tmm.tornevall.net/dev/functio...00326_2217.tar

Details: http://tmm.tornevall.net/blog/2010/0...atibility-fix/

Source is included in the post. And here's the attachment-test made out of the code, from de.alt.dateien.misc:

http://forum.tornevall.net/showthrea...er-Heldenplatz
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Old 26 Mar 2010, 22:49
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Speaking of attachments... any work-around for multi-part binaries?
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  #698  
Old 04 Apr 2010, 16:59
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This works out of the box on vbulletin 3.8 or do I have to install some additional files/hacks to get it to work?
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Old 08 Apr 2010, 19:12
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Anyone planning a version of this for vb4?
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Old 22 Apr 2010, 03:10
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With the fixes in this thread it works with vbulletin 4. I have it running on my test server on 4.0.3. Everything works fine with the exception of similar threads which I have a fix for. I just have to check and make sure it works. Once it does I'll post that in the thread and then this will be working 100% with 4.0.x.

I would expect this to work until the admincp is revamped. I don't expect the db layer to change much if any so the core should continue to work. If it does it would probably be minor changes to this script to fix things.
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Old 14 May 2010, 07:16
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Aws, any luck? Thanks!

-jason
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Old 15 May 2010, 18:59
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I haven't tested it yet and probably will not now. I decided that I wasn't going to upgrade to vbulletin 4 on the site I use this on and instead have started on an IPB usenet plugin for when I convert the site.
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Old 25 Jun 2010, 20:52
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Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
Hello,

I am trying to implement this under a b installation, running 3.7.1.

How ever I am stuck at the place where I am suppose to edit the admincp/index.php file as I am unable to locate the side piece of code,


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.



can any one shade some light

thank you.
3.8.5.....


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 15 Jul 2010, 20:41
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Originally Posted by AWS View Post
I haven't tested it yet and probably will not now. I decided that I wasn't going to upgrade to vbulletin 4 on the site I use this on and instead have started on an IPB usenet plugin for when I convert the site.
I may well be interested in this, since i'm seriously contemplating moving the whole thing lock stock to IPB - i would miss a couple of mods i have, however it is far outweighed by the costs and improvements i would get rather than Vb's new pricing structures...

Ta
Paul
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Old 12 Aug 2010, 03:22
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TMM-TT, you are my HERO.

I'm simply looking to archive some mailing lists, and thanks to your efforts, I was able to get this going (so far) with a minimum of bashing-head-on-desk.

I haven't given it an extensive testing yet, but I did notice a couple of issues (vb4).

1. If "show similar threads" (or whatever the option name in vb is) is turned on, gateway.php gronks. Apparently, the function being called to find that list (fetch_similar_threads()) doesn't exist in vb4.

2. There's a couple of TABLE_PREFIX's missing, in the query that starts on line 342.

Other than that, so far, so good. #2 was an easy fix, but I don't know about #1. I'd really like that feature, but can live without it if need be.

Thanks again!
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