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NNTP Gateway for Usenet ( Newsgroups ), Mailing Lists
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.


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.


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:

The vB3 version can be found here:


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.


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.


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

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.

Manually run in debug mode:

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Old 03 Feb 2008, 19:44
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AWS AWS is offline
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The connection is being established.
Try running setlastmsg.php and then running gateway.php after that. Wait a little while in between.
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Old 04 Feb 2008, 15:18
mindfrost82 mindfrost82 is offline
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Originally Posted by AWS View Post
The connection is being established.
Try running setlastmsg.php and then running gateway.php after that. Wait a little while in between.
Thanks, that seems to have worked!
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Old 21 Feb 2008, 01:31
scottct1 scottct1 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
This works great for me on vBulletin 3.7.8 except for some reason new thread notification for those members who subscribe to new thread notification does not work. They are not sent an email that there has been a new post / thread.

Anyone know how I can get that to work?
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Old 03 Mar 2008, 22:33
kermitklein kermitklein is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
I have installed and is running very well on my 3.6.8. My only problem is that the attach are not imported to threads... Anyone can help me?
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Old 11 Mar 2008, 22:52
dermax dermax is offline
Join Date: Sep 2005

I face a problem with some groups. Randomly, the gateway.php run stops with the following message:

Connecting to server, server says: 200 Text.GigaNews.Com

Server responded after user name: 381 more authentication required

Server responded after password: 281 News.GigaNews.Com

Info for it.comp.macintosh at 211 678136 438957 1117092 it.comp.macintosh
In this case, the it.comp.macintosh newsgroup seems to be broken: I need to disable the group to make the script run again. I tried to import the messages from the group with a generic usenet client (GrabIt) and it worked absolutely flawless. Does anyone have an idea?

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Old 18 Mar 2008, 06:29
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nintendo nintendo is offline
Join Date: Dec 2001
If you ever get the

Could not connect to NNTP-server. (Connection timed out (110))

Not connected
Not connected
message via gateway.php?debug=1 it's a message from the're screwed...go look for another NNTP server. (For those of you in Rio Linda, they banned your server!!)

For a simple way to find out if you've been banned with a server, via SSH...

telnet SERVER 119

if you get...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out
you're banned. If you get

telnet 119
Connected to (
Escape character is '^]'.
200 NNTP Service 6.0.3790.1830 Version: 6.0.3790.1830 Posting Allowed
Guess what!!! You're not banned...atleast not *yet*!!! Quick, download a few million threads before they do ban you!!!
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Old 23 Mar 2008, 20:42
kermitklein kermitklein is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Still getting only this message:

Getting message number 339:
txt extensions are not accepted, as currently set up in the control panel.

I'm sure I have the permissions right... at least I think so... I can post this extensions using my username and password.

I'm trying to import a yahoo group at:

Any ideas?
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Old 14 Apr 2008, 10:11
squishi squishi is offline
Join Date: May 2006
This mod sounds great. But I can't get it to work.
I am testing it with a free-to-use university usenet server.
I am sure the newsgroups I tried out exist. No typo or anything.

But I get this error:

Connecting to server, server says: 200 InterNetNews NNRP server INN 2.3.5 ready (posting ok).

Info for alt.test at 411 No such group alt.test
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Old 30 Apr 2008, 20:59
sdsvtdriver sdsvtdriver is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
the news server does not have a group called 'alt.test'. pick one it does have
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Old 01 May 2008, 08:37
squishi squishi is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Originally Posted by sdsvtdriver View Post
the news server does not have a group called 'alt.test'. pick one it does have
Negative. It DOES have this group! I can read it just fine in my newsreader.

I tried all kinds of combinations with this prefix that one can define in the settings, like prefix="alt.", group="test" etc.
But that did not work, either.

As I said, the group is there.
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Old 15 May 2008, 20:16
tyler3 tyler3 is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Been going through this thread for awhile now and can't seem to figure this out...

I have the mod installed and setup.

I run 'gateway.php' and it just displays a blank page..

When I run 'setlastmsg.php' it gives the following error:
1 group(s) gatewayed. Could not connect to NNTP-server. ( (1)) Logging in to , group Not connectedNot connectedMax: Min: Not connected
I got the newsgroup from a post in this forum saying it was free to access, no login / pass require. I've also tried a couple of microsofts groups and the group with no success (always gives me the same error as above). Anyone know what might cause this??

Thanks in advance!
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Old 15 May 2008, 21:01
arkadia arkadia is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
hello tyler

do you use microsoft or unix ?
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 03:51
David_R David_R is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Real name: David RutherFord
Not connected
Not connected
Could not connect to NNTP-server. (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known (0))

We just moved our server and started getting this problem.
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 07:49
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TMM-TT TMM-TT is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
Real name: Tomas
Originally Posted by nintendo View Post
telnet SERVER 119

if you get...

telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out

you're banned

Umm.. No?
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Old 27 Jun 2008, 23:40
HappyAndyK HappyAndyK is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008

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.
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