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bboards \- the UCI BBoards facility
bboards ...
The home directory of \fIbboards\fR is where the BBoard system is kept.
This documentation describes some of the nuances of the BBoard system.

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\fBBBoards, BBoard\-IDs\fR
A BBoard is just a file containing a group of messages relating to the same
These files live in the ~bboards home directory.
Each message in a BBoard file has in its header the line
\*(lqBBoard-Id: n\*(rq,
where \*(lqn\*(rq is an ascending decimal number.
This id-number is unique for each message in a BBoards file.
It should NOT be confused with the message number of a message,
which can change as messages are removed from the BBoard.

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\fBBBoard Handling\fR
To read BBoards, use the \fIbbc\fR and \fImsh\fR programs.
The \fImsh\fR command is a monolithic program which contains all the
functionality of \fIMH\fR in a single program.
The `\-check' switch to \fIbbc\fR lets you check on the status of BBoards,
and the `\-read' switch tells \fIbbc\fR to invoke \fImsh\fR to read
those BBoards.

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\fBCreating a BBoard\fR
Both public, and private BBoards are supported.
Contact the mail address \fIPostMaster\fR if you'd like to have a BBoard

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\fBBBoard addresses\fR
Each BBoard has associated with it 4 addresses,
these are (for the ficticious BBoard called ``hacks''):
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\fBhacks\fR\0: The Internet wide distribution list.
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\fBdist-hacks\fR\0: The local BBoard.
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The people responsible for the BBoard at the Internet level.
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The people responsible for the BBoard locally.
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^$HOME/\&.mh\(ruprofile~^The user profile
^$HOME/\&.bbrc~^BBoard information
^Path:~^To determine the user's MH directory
^bboards:~^To specify interesting BBoards
^mshproc:~^Program to read a given BBoard
bbc(1), bbl(1), bbleader(1), msh(1)
The default bboard is \*(lqsystem\*(rq