Using NetFoss for FOSSIL Support

Using NetFoss will likely provide a more stable experience than the sbbsexec.dll bundled with WWIV for running doors. It should have fewer NTVDM crashes when exiting doors and higher performance as NetFoss is optimized for speed, and WWIV's handling of sbbsexec is not.


NetFoss is bundled with WWIV on Windows and available in the NF subdirectory under WWIV's install. i.e. C:\wwiv\nf

  • Follow the install instructions that come with netfoss in C:\wwiv\nf\netfoss.txt
  • Make sure to copy netfoss.dll to the Windows system32 directory, otherwise netfoss will not be able to load it as a VDD.
  • Edit C:\wwiv\nf\nf.bat to fix the paths from C:\netfoss to the right location (i.e. C:\wwiv\nf)


To use netfoss use the Normal exec mode (do not use Emulate DOS FOSSIL) as nf.bat will do that for you. Then prepend C:\wwiv\nf\nf.bat in front of the normal commandline used to run the door. In the future release this will be more automated as it is today for sbbsexec.dll.

That's it.