• How did multi-node boards work?

    From Grant Taylor@gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net to alt.bbs,alt.bbs.allsysop,alt.bbs.general on Wed Jun 12 21:53:50 2019
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    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 Marisag@marisag@amigacity.xyz.remove-a3j-this to Grant Taylor on Wed Jun 12 21:28:16 2019
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    Re: How did multi-node boards work?
    By: Grant Taylor to alt.bbs,alt.bbs.allsysop,alt.bbs.general on Wed Jun 12 2019 21:53:50

    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?

    They required software that supported multiple nodes, and a modem for each...

    Marisa
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  • From Grant Taylor@gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net to alt.bbs.allsysop on Fri Jun 14 20:12:47 2019
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    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@marisag@amigacity.xyz.remove-ll7-this to Grant Taylor on Sat Jun 15 18:24:08 2019
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    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 ;)

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  • From the.ertceps@the.ertceps@gmail.com to alt.bbs.allsysop on Tue Sep 10 01:56:57 2019
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    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.

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