First BinkD FAQ on How-to and some Questions and Answers of How-To.

Taken both from the BinkD packets and the Fidonet Echo Binkd!


      BinkD FAQ

       Frequently Asked Questions on FTN Mailer Binkd

       Version of December 28 2010

   This list of Frequently Asked Questions was compiled from the questions

that were asked in the Russian echo conference RU.BINKD. Some part of the

answers is based on the developers' recommendations. Please send your

comments and updates to Stas Degteff 2:5080/102. This list was translated

from Russian by Michael Dukelsky 2:5020/1042.

   01. Where Can One Find a Current Copy of Stable or Beta BinkD Version?

   02. What Is BinkD?

   03. BinkP Protocol.

   04. What Is Domain and Why Is It Necessary?

   05. BinkD Doesn't Connect. What Should I Do?

   06. How Can BinkD Work via HTTP-proxy?

   07. How Can BinkD Work via SOCKS-proxy?

   08. IP-Point: How Can I Make BinkD to Get My Mail From My Bossnode?

   09. "start_file_transfer: .: Permission denied" Error.

   10. BinkD/win and Dial-up: Dialing-up and Disconnecting Automatically.

   11. I Have Changed BinkD Configuration File On-The-Fly. When Will It Be Reloaded?

   12. How Can BinkD Work With T-mail/IP?

   13. Is There At Least One Log Analyzer Under Unix?

   14. BinkD Connects Too Slowly Though I Have a High-Speed LAN.

   15. Why Does BinkD Not Understand Command Line Options When I Start It From inetd?

   16. Can One Make a File Request From BinkD?

   17. How Can I Add BinkD To a Fidonet Box Working With a Modem?

   18. Flags Are Not Created On Receiving a File, Programs Do Not Start.

   19. 'skipmask' Keyword Does Not Work.

   20. BinkD Under DOS.

   21. BinkD Under Windows 3.x.

   22. Different FTN Domains in BinkD And a Tosser Without 5D Support.

   23. How Does "domain ... alias-for ..." In The Configuration File Work?

   24. What Does "send: TCP/IP error (-10000)" Mean and How To Cure It?

   25. Argus (Radius) and BinkD: Argus Error "Aborting due to carrier loss"

   26. The Outbound Name Has a Comment Char and Binkd Doesn't See It

   27. Is There a Possibility to Start an Application On an Event From BinkD?

   28. What Is the Difference Between BinkD/w32 and BinkD/w9x?

   29. I Miss a Chat in BinkD And I Want To Synchronize Time!

   30. BinkD Receives an Incoming Call Only After an Outgoing One.

   31. "start_file_transfer: ECHO is off.: No such file or directory" Error.

   32. How to Create a Poll Correctly.

   33. What Does the Number in Brackets in the Log Mean?

   34. How to Configure BinkD for sending outgoing mail?

   35. What for Does One Need the "share" Directive in the Configuration File?

   36. What for Does One Need the "ftrans" Directive in the Configuration File?

   A1. I Have Found a Bug in BinkD!

   A2. I Want To Talk To Developers.

   A3. I Want To Get Information About Changes In BinkD Immediately!

   A4. And When Will BinkD Do ... ?


       01. Where Can One Find a Current Copy of Stable or Beta BinkD Version?

   In fileecho AFTNBINKD.

   In Internet:

   Release versions, documentation, log analyzers etc. (Pavel Gulchouck


   The mirrors:

     (Ukraine, Pavel Gulchouck 2:463/68)

     (Russia, Andrey Ostanovsky 2:5030/1957)

   Beta versions:

   Public CVS , module binkd, empty password

      Command examples.

      Login to the cvs server:

      cvs -d login

      Retrieve the latest sources of the current branch (v.1.0 at the moment):

      cvs -d co binkd

      Retrieve the latest sources of the binkd 0.9.x-stable branch:

      cvs -d co -r binkd-0_9-stable binkd

      Retrieve the sources of the binkd 0.9.10-release:

      cvs -d co -r binkd-0_9_10 binkd

   Anonymous FTP: (main) (the mirror is refreshed

                                             at 23:50 UTC+5)

   Binkd port for Windows CE:

     (Russia, Nickita Startcev 2:469/105.96 & 2:5030/777.319)

   Binkd/2 1.0a (current, EMX), compiled everynight:

   FREQ from node 2:221/1, file alias: binkd2e. It's possibe to download from

   BBS of node 2:221/1 (accessed also via

     (Suomi, Tommi Koivula 2:221/1 & 2:221/360 & 2:221/361)

   Documentation, log analyzers etc.:

   Man page, binkp description, binaries etc. (Stas Degteff 2:5080/102):

   This FAQ list: (or .txt.en)

   The official BinkD binaries are named in a way that shows the OS, the

compiler and the way of building the program.

   Windows (32bit) versions:

   binkd.exe, binkdw32.exe - binkd/w32, console, compiled by MS Visual C

   binkd-dll.exe   - binkd/w32, console, MS Visual C, needs msvcrt.dll

   binkd-mingw.exe - binkd/w32, console, MinGW32, needs msvcrt.dll

   binkd9x.exe     - binkd/w9x, w/o a window, compiled by MS Visual C

   binkd9x-dll.exe - binkd/w9x, w/o a window, MS Visual C, needs msvcrt.dll

   binkd9x-mingw.exe - binkd/w9x, w/o a window, MinGW32, needs msvcrt.dll

   OS/2 versions:

   binkd2.exe   - Watcom C compiler, no Perl

   binkd2e.exe  - emx, can load the Perl dll and can work without it

   binkd2pl.exe - emx, Perl is liked staticly (i.e. no need in a Perl dll)

   binkd2eo.exe - emx/omf (multithreaded), no Perl.


       02. What Is Binkd?

   Binkd is a fidonet mailer working via Internet and using binkp protocol

(FSP-1018 & other). This protocol is also supported by such mailers as Argus

(win32; RitLabs; and it's clones Radius and Taurus,

BForce (unix), Internet Rex program (DOS/W32/OS2) and BeeMail (win32; Stephen

Proffitt, 1:105/10;

   Binkd features:

   - freeware, open source;

   - there are versions for Unix (linux, freebsd, SCO, ...), OS/2 (native

     & EMX), Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 95/98/Me, Windows 3.x, DOS;

   - it can work as daemon in Unix and as service in Windows NT/2000/XP,

     there is a separate version for working as service in Windows 9x;

   - simple TCP-connection (data integrity is supported at TCP level);

   - BSO (bink-style outbound);

   - ASO (Amiga-style outbound);

   - path translation in ?LO files (it is used when the outbound resides

     on a net drive);

   - personal fileboxes for each node for the files to send and to receive;

   - T-mail-style and The Brake!-style fileboxes are supported;

   - translation of a FTN-address into a domain name (* is


   - a password file in the style of T-mail is supported starting with

     version 0.9.4 and a password file in the style of ifcico starting with

     version 1.0;

   - file requests using SRIF are supported;

   - a flag on receiving files (using a template) may be created;

   - a program on receiving files (using a template) may be started;

   - receiving files (using a template) may be refused starting with

     version 0.9.4;

   - working via a HTTP or SOCKS proxy server (starting with version


   - password encryption (MD5) starting with 0.9.4 release;

   - traffic encryption starting with version 0.9.5;

   - the remote node IP-address check for an incoming connection is

     supported starting with version 0.9.5.


       03. Binkp Protocol

   The name Binkp means Binkd protocol. It is described in FSP-1018

(FIDOnet standard proposal) and port 24554 is assigned for binkp in

RFC-1700 (request for comments, issued by IANA).

   The file transfer protocol using two-way TCP connection is developed for

FTN mailer BinkD. Port 24554 is used on default.

   There are two versions of the protocol: 1.0 and 1.1. They are backward

compatible.  The main difference of version 1.1 is a possibility of making

a FREQ during a session.  Besides binkp 1.1 has at present NR option

(non-reliable mode dealing with a non-reliable channel) and ND option (no

dupes mode protecting from repeated file transmission), MD5 (password

hashing), CRYPT (traffic encryption).

   Protocol version 1.0 is supported by BinkD, version 1.0 is implemented

in Argus and its clones (Binkp is implemented there with addition of FREQ

processing technique of its own and other changes), in MBSE, Internet Rex,

BForce and others. In Internet Rex (version 2.24 and later) an incompatible

variant of Binkp 1.1 of its own is implemented.

   One can find the protocol description in Russian (cp866) here:


       04. What Is Domain and Why Is It Necessary?

   '' is the domain registered for FTN-address to Internet

domain name translation. It is used primarily at BinkP connections. The

address 1:2/3.4 is translated to the domain name;

after that BinkD (or another IP mailer) obtains the node IP-address by

means of the operating system. If the domain name exists one can try to set

a connection.

   Hence the domain policy was compiled: a domain name in the zone may be granted to the nodes that are present in the

nodelist, have either a permanent IP address or a domain name and respond

at port 24554 using the BinkP protocol twenty four hours a day.


       05. BinkD Doesn't Connect. What Should I Do?

   1. Please check whether the remote node responds at port 24554 using

the 'telnet' command.  If a connection is not set check whether your

computer is connected to the net at this moment (using ping command). If

the checks are successful then check BinkD configuration. Increasing the

loglevel to 6 or more can help here.

   Here are some examples for node 2:5080/68:


   (The control characters are removed from the telnet reply and it is

broken down to lines for the sake of convinience)

   m:\>telnet 24554

   -.OPT CRAM-MD5-593e3e5411515fc1cf75816bb74e41d0-SYS Academ

   -ZYZ Alexei Kuklin-LOC Ekaterinburg, Russia-NDL 115200,TCP,BINKP,HUB

   -%TIME Tue, 20 Feb 2001 15:25:20 +0500- VER binkd/0.9.4/Win32 binkp/1.1

   - 2:5080/68@fidonet-OPT ND


   Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

   Reply from bytes=32 time=505ms TTL=122

   Reply from bytes=32 time=555ms TTL=122

   Reply from bytes=32 time=406ms TTL=122

   Reply from bytes=32 time=372ms TTL=122

   The node works. Check your BinkD configuration. Maybe the timeout is too

small (it is the time necessary for setting up a connection, it can be

evaluated using the delay before response in telnet).

   Another case: telnet connects but ping says "Request timed out".


   Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

   Request timed out.

   Request timed out.

   Request timed out.

   Request timed out.

   It means that ICMP messages are forbidden somewhere between your nodes.

That does not influence BinkD performance.



   Unknown host

   Such a reply means that your computer could not find a DNS entry for the

node.  Check the DNS configuration in your system. If it is correct make

sure the DNS server works and the remote node address is correct.


   If ping replies positively but telnet cannot set up a connection it is

possible that binkd is not started at the remote node currently. Try to ask

the node's sysop whether his/her BinkD is started. If it is started and can

connect to other nodes then access to port 25554 is denied by the firewall

of your net. Try to start BinkD via a proxy server (see "How Can BinkD Work

via HTTP-proxy" and "How Can BinkD Work via SOCKS-proxy").


   M:\>ping -w 5000

   Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

   Reply from bytes=32 time=3674ms TTL=122

   Request timed out.

   Reply from bytes=32 time=4232ms TTL=122

   Request timed out.

   Telnet sometimes connects to port 24554 but more often it does not.

   The node works but the link channel between the partners is overloaded or

too slow.  Because of that BinkD connects not at every try (some IP packets

are lost) or it does not connect at all (the time to wait for the remote

node reply is too small).  You cannot get it over in the first case because

the packets are lost in their way and you cannot improve it. In the second

case one should increase timeouts in the BinkD configuration file (the

values are in seconds):

   timeout 60

   connect-timeout 300

   call-delay 60

   If increasing the values does not help then change your uplink.


   Telnet does not connect to the port 24554 and the remote host does not

reply to ping.

   The node does not reply. Possible variants are:

   1 - your computer or the remote node is disconnected from the internet at

the moment or routing is corrupt (the line is broken, power supply is

switched off, some of the internet providers carries out maintenance work

etc.) so please make several tries later.

   2 - your computer is in Intranet and getting out to the internet is

possible only via a proxy server. See "How Can BinkD Work via HTTP-proxy",

"How Can BinkD Work via SOCKS-proxy".