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Forum is our very own BBS protocol designed to be used in the pubnix. It uses the filesystem as a database to contain posts and takes advantage of file permissions, user ownership and file metadata (such as creation date).

forum files are stored in the pub folder. (see pubdir(9))

The aim of this project is to design a really simple protocol that is easy to implement clients of. That would be really nice to see users write their own clients :).


- will refer as /pub/user/forum to avoid repetitions.

  • -/description.txt refers to the biography of the user
  • -/tag/post.txt refers to a post
  • -/tag/post/reply.txt refers to a reply of post.txt
  • The protocol relies a lot on user ownership and file metadata for post metadata and authorship.

    -/description.txt is basically just the biography of the user. Just like you would write your bio in any other social media.

    -/tag/post.txt is simply just a post. The tag directory describes a category where the post fits. Kind of like subreddits in reddit. *Example:* -/technology/why_ed_is_based.txt

    -/tag/post/reply.txt is a reply to a post. The user is responsible of adding a directory in the name of their post and give it write access to other users in order to let them reply to the post.

    *NOTE:* The authorship of replies is based on file ownership

    Every file that is not a .txt file must be ignored.