The INI or Initialization file is probably the most enigmatic part of WWIV. It provides quick access to the core of configurable options and allows a quite diverse array of system tuning parameters. The file is well commented and should be fairly easy to adjust to your particular situation. The default file is setup for a generic BBS and should be sufficient for most applications. The INI is the home to many core WWIV settings and occasionally 3rd party add-ons append settings to the end of the file.
The comments should be adequate to explain the usage of the settings and other pages may also refer to specific settings in wwiv.ini.
NOTE: This is what a clean install WWIV.INI looks like.
;============================================================================= ; ; WWIV Version 5.00 Initialization File ; ; Lines begining with a semi-colon are ignored ;============================================================================= ; ; WWIV ID Block for default / common BBS settings. This ID *must* appear as ; the first uncommented line in the INI file. See individual instance settings ; at the end of this file ; [WWIV] ; ;============================================================================= ; SPAWN OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; ; The various spawn options that may be used are: ; ; NOHUP Doesn't check for hangup ; COMIO Intercept DOS interrupts (Win32 Only) ; FOSSIL Emulate the FOSSIL for DOS applications (Win32 Only) ; NETPROG Tries to run program in network data dir first. ; ; Options can be combined like so: ; ; SPAWNOPTS[LOGON]=FOSSIL,NOHANGUP ; ; Valid locations that can have spawn options specified are: ; ; TIMED, NEWUSER, BEGINDAY, LOGON, LOGOFF ULCHK, PROT_SINGLE, ; PROT_BATCH, CHAT, ARCH_E, ARCH_V, ARCH_A, ARCH_D, ARCH_K, ARCH_T, ; NET_CMD1, NET_CMD2 ; ; Values listed for lines commented out are the default settings. Under ; normal conditions, you should not have to edit these settings. If you ; have problems getting the stock spawn options to work properly with ; your supporting program, try adding COMIO. These are ; the most commonly used settings. ; ; ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ; ; ; Event spawn options ; ;SPAWNOPT[TIMED] = ; for timed event ;SPAWNOPT[NEWUSER] = ; for newuser event ;SPAWNOPT[BEGINDAY] = ; for beginday event ;SPAWNOPT[LOGON] = ; for logon event ;SPAWNOPT[LOGOFF] = ; for logoff event ;SPAWNOPT[ULCHK] = NOHUP ; for upload event ; ; External program spawn options ; ;SPAWNOPT[PROT_SINGLE] = NONE ; for single file xfers ;SPAWNOPT[PROT_BATCH] = NONE ; for batch xfers ;SPAWNOPT[CHAT] = NONE ; for wwivchat.exe ; ; Archiver spawn settings ; ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_E] = ; for extracting archives ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_L] = ; for viewing archives ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_A] = ; for adding to archives ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_D] = ; for deleting from archives ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_K] = ; for commenting archives ;SPAWNOPT[ARCH_T] = ; for testing archives ; ;Network spawn options ; ; If NET_CLEANUP_CDM1 is defined below, the BBS will look for the file ; in the main BBS directory. To run a file from the network data ; directory, add the NETPROG option. ; ;SPAWNOPT[NET_CMD1] = ; for NET_CLEANUP_CMD1 ; ; NET_CMD2 already has the NETPROG option set by default. ; ;SPAWNOPT[NET_CMD2] = NETPROG ; for NET_CLEANUP_CMD2 ; ; NETWORK is the setting to use when running network.exe ; ;SPAWNOPT[NETWORK] = ; ;============================================================================= ; COLOR OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; ; NOTE: Although the BBS is capable of using over 90 color combinations, ; only the first ten may be set here. The remaining colors are set from ; inside the BBS. ; ; Colors are selected numerically. To determine the value for a color, use the ; following chart: ; ; 0 = Black 8 = Dark Gray ; 1 = Blue 9 = Light Blue ; 2 = Green 10 = Light Green ; 3 = Cyan 11 = Light Cyan ; 4 = Red 12 = Light Red ; 5 = Magenta 13 = Light Magenta ; 6 = Brown 14 = Yellow ; 7 = Light Gray 15 = White ; ; Now, to calculate a color, you take the value for the background color and ; multiply by 16, then add it to the foreground color you wish. This will ; provide the value you should use for that color combination. Note that : color values greater than 127 will result in blinking. In other words, ; you should probably restrict background colors to colors 0-7 above. ; ; An example: if you want to find the value for, say, bright yellow on magenta, ; it would be (5*16) + 14. This equates to (magenta * 16) + white. ; ; ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- NUCOLOR = 7 NUCOLOR = 11 NUCOLOR = 14 NUCOLOR = 13 NUCOLOR = 31 NUCOLOR = 10 NUCOLOR = 12 NUCOLOR = 9 NUCOLOR = 5 NUCOLOR = 3 NUCOLORBW = 7 NUCOLORBW = 15 NUCOLORBW = 15 NUCOLORBW = 15 NUCOLORBW = 112 NUCOLORBW = 15 NUCOLORBW = 15 NUCOLORBW = 7 NUCOLORBW = 7 NUCOLORBW = 7 ; ; System Colors ; TOPCOLOR = 27 ; for topscreen info F1COLOR = 9 ; for F1 user editor EDITLINECOLOR = 31 ; current field in F1 CHATSELCOLOR = 11 ; for selecting sysop MSG_COLOR = 2 ; for color msgs ; ;============================================================================= ; EXTERNAL PROGRAM OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; ;UPLOAD_CMD = ; upload event ;BEGINDAY_CMD = ; beginday even ;NEWUSER_CMD = ; newuser event ;LOGON_CMD = ; logon event ; ; ;============================================================================= ; NETWORK OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; ;NET_CLEANUP_CMD1 = ; cleanup event 1 ;NET_CLEANUP_CMD2 = ; cleanup event 2 NET_CALLOUT = Y ; allow net callouts this instance FIDO_PROCESS = N ; process fido packets this instance ; ;============================================================================= ; SYSTEM FLAGS ;============================================================================= ; These settings enable or disable system features. The most commonly ; used settings are already set for you. You may want to experiment with ; various settings to tailor your system to your needs. ; FORCE_FBACK = N ; force newusers to send fback FORCE_NEWUSER = N ; force newusers to read NEWUSER.MSG FORCE_SCAN = N ; force user to scan sysop sub FORCE_SCAN_SUBNUM = N ; sub to force scan on CHECK_DUP_PHONES = N ; check newuser dupe phones HANGUP_DUP_PHONES = N ; hangup on newuser dupe phone POSTTIME_COMPENS = N ; compensate for time posting SHOW_HIER = Y ; show conf details in //je IDZ_DESC = Y ; 1st line of file_id.diz as descrip SETLDATE = N ; set file date on nscan NEW_CHATSOUND = Y ; use different chat alarm SLASH_SZ = N ; enable "/s" and "/z" (Download Posts) READ_CD_IDZ = N ; read file_id.diz from cdroms FSED_EXT_DESC = Y ; allow fsed for extended descriptions FAST_TAG_RELIST = Y ; don't show xfer dirs on tag relist MAIL_PROMPT = Y ; fancy mail prompt SHOW_CITY_ST = Y ; show city/state in laston info LOCAL_SYSOP = Y ; allow F-keys, space-f, etc 2WAY_CHAT = Y ; 2-way local sysop chat OFF_HOOK = Y ; phone offhook when sysop on LOG_DOWNLOADS = N ; send SSM to uploader on file DL CLOSE_XFER = N ; disable transfer section ALL_UL_TO_SYSOP = Y ; all uploads go to sysop dir NO_EASY_DL = N ; Disable WWIV4*.* DL ignorng time,ratio NEW_EXTRACT = Y ; extended sysop-extract email/posts FAST_SEARCH = Y ; quick check of dup uploads USER_REGISTRATION = N ; allow account expirations MSG_TAG = Y ; sysop post/email taglines CHAIN_REG = Y ; user sponsoring of chains CAN_SAVE_SSM = Y ; allow saving of SSMs BEEP_CHAT = Y ; alert sysop of chat requests TWO_COLOR_CHAT = Y ; dual color in non-2-way chat ALLOW_ALIASES = Y ; allow users to use aliases USE_LIST = N ; use list.com to show sysoplog, etc FREE_PHONE = N ; allow any format phone # LOGON_PHONE = Y ; check phone # at logon? EXTENDED_USERINFO = N ; enable addr, etc info in userrec NEWUSER_MIN = Y ; ask minimal new user information ALLOW_CC_BCC = Y ; allow CC: and BCC: for email? THREAD_SUBS = N ; activate threading message code DISABLE_PD = Y ; disable Pulldown menu support TITLEBAR = Y ; show user in console titlebar ; ;!!!NOTE: ENABLE_PIPES, EXTRA_COLOR AND ENABLE_MCI are always on in wwiv 5.0 ; ;============================================================================= ; SYSTEM TUNING PARAMETERS ;============================================================================= ; MAIL_WHO_LEN = 45 ; max length of user name when ; ; reading mail ; ATTACH_DIR = ATTACH ; dir for email attachments ; ; AutoUserPurge purges the user base of all users who have not called in ; x days. (Min Setting: 60) Users possessing the ADEL (bitwise:16) ; exemption are ignored. USE CAUTION when setting this value as it ; could delete many dormant accounts. ; ;AUTO_USER_PURGE = 60 ; Purge user base of users who ; ; have not called within x days. ;NO_PURGE_SL = 75 ; This SL and higher are skipped ; MAX_BATCH = 50 ; max files in batch queue MAX_EXTEND_LINES = 10 ; max extended description lines MAX_CHAINS = 50 ; max chains allowed MAX_GFILESEC = 32 ; max gfile sections allowed ;RATIO = ; ratio required ; ; ANSI Callout and WFC Options ; CALLOUT_ANSI = Y ; Use ANSI Callout Screen? CALLOUT_COLOR = 9 ; Screen color CALLOUT_HIGHLIGHT = 30 ; Highlight color CALLOUT_NORMAL = 3 ; Normal color CALLOUT_COLOR_TEXT = 14 ; Text Color WFC_SCREEN = Y ; Use ANSI WFC screen? ; ; List sequentialy i.e. CDXYZ SCREEN_SAVER_TIME = 120 ; Screen saver invoke time (min.) BEGINDAYNODENUMBER = 1 ; Node number to handle beginday INTERNALZMODEM = Y ; Set to N to disable internal Zmodem EXEC_LOGSYNCFOSS = N ; Create wwivsync.log when ; executing a FOSSIL door. EXEC_CHILDWAITTIME = 500 ; Time to wait for the DOOR to load ; (used under Win9X) NEW_SCAN_AT_LOGIN = Y ; Ask the user to scan for new ; messages when they log in. USE_WWIVMAIL = N ; Add WWIVMail to the //QWK menu USE_INTERNAL_QWK = Y ; Use internal QWK support ; ;============================================================================= ; TEMPORARY DIRECTORY SETTING ;============================================================================= NUM_INSTANCES = 4 TEMP_DIRECTORY = temp%n BATCH_DIRECTORY = batch%n ; ; ;============================================================================= ; ASV / CALLBACK OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; Auto Sysop Validation (ASV) and Callback Validation Settings allow you ; to tailor your system to automatically validate certain users and ; upgrade access levels based on the settings below. By default, all ; options are OFF. In most cases, only systems specializing in support ; will activate thes options. ; USE_SIMPLE_ASV = N ; Use Simple ASV? ; ; Simple ASV values ; ;SIMPLE_ASV[SL] = 75 ; SL to assign ;SIMPLE_ASV[DSL] = 75 ; DSL to assign ;SIMPLE_ASV[EXEMPT] = 16 ; Exemption to assign ;SIMPLE_ASV[AR] = ; AR to assign ;SIMPLE_ASV[DAR] = ; DAR to assign ;SIMPLE_ASV[RESTRICT] = ; Restriction to assign ; USE_ADVANCED_ASV = N ; Use Advanced ASV? ; ;Advanced ASV values correspond to auto-val settings in INIT minus one, e.g. ;Alt-[F1] auto-validation would be set to '0', Alt-[F2] to '1', etc. ; ;ADVANCED_ASV[REG_WWIV] = 0 ; Alt-[F1] for Registered WWIV ;ADVANCED_ASV[NONREG_WWIV] = 1 ; Alt-[F2] for Unregistered WWIV ;ADVANCED_ASV[NON_WWIV] = 2 ; Alt-[F3] for Non-WWIV ;ADVANCED_ASV[COSYSOP] = 3 ; Alt-[F4] for Co-Sysops ; USE_CALLBACK = N ; Use Callback Verification? ; ; CALLBACK values ; ;CALLBACK[SL] = 20 ; SL to assign ;CALLBACK[DSL] = 20 ; DSL to assign ;CALLBACK[EXEMPT] = 0 ; Exemption to assign ;CALLBACK[AR] = ; AR to assign ;CALLBACK[DAR] = ; DAR to assign ;CALLBACK[RESTRICT] = MA*N ; Restriction to assign ;CALLBACK[FORCED] = Y ; Force Callback? ;CALLBACK[LONG_DISTANCE] = Y ; Make LD calls? ;CALLBACK[REPEAT] = 3 ; Number or retries ; USE_VOICE_VAL = N ; Voice validation ; ; ;============================================================================= ; INSTANCE SPECIFIC OPTIONS ;============================================================================= ; There are only a very few settings that would or should be used for ; individual instances. You may have an instance that does all network ; callouts or one that does all processing of Fido or other network mail. ; To define these instance specific settings, use an ID block [WWIV-<instance>] ; as follows: ; ; Instance #1 ;[WWIV-1] ;NET_CALLOUT = Y ; allow net callouts this instance ;FIDO_PROCESS = N ; process fido packets this instance ; ; Instance #2 ;[WWIV-2] ;NET_CALLOUT = N ; allow net callouts this instance ;FIDO_PROCESS = Y ; process fido packets this instance ;SCREEN_SAVER_TIME = 120 ; Screen saver invoke time ; ; ;============================================================================= ; AVAILABLE COMPUTER TYPES ;============================================================================= ; These are the computer types offered to new users to choose from. ; You may add as many as you like or edit the existing entries. They ; must be enumerated as shown. Keep in mind that if you include too ; many types, they will scroll off the screen. ; [CTYPES] COMP_TYPE = IBM AT (80286/80386) COMP_TYPE = IBM AT (80486/80586) COMP_TYPE = AMD 80686 K6/K6-2 COMP_TYPE = Pentium COMP_TYPE = Pentium MMX/Pro COMP_TYPE = Pentium II COMP_TYPE = Pentium III COMP_TYPE = Alpha 500-550 COMP_TYPE = Sparc Workstation COMP_TYPE = Apple / MacIntosh COMP_TYPE = Commodore COMP_TYPE = Amiga COMP_TYPE = Atari COMP_TYPE = Others ; ; ;============================================================================= ; END OF BBS SPECIFIC SETTING ;============================================================================= ; Many third party add-ons for WWIV use this file to maintain certain ; settings. You are advised to keep those settings below this point in ; the file for readability and integrity. ;