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NNTP Gateway for Usenet ( Newsgroups ), Mailing Lists
Mod Version: 3.5.0Alpha, by lierduh (Member) lierduh is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.5.0 Rating: (32 votes - 4.44 average) Installs: 271
Released: 21 Jul 2005 Last Update: Never Downloads: 1109
Not Supported DB Changes Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

The latest version: V3.5.0Alpha 1 (21 Jul 2005)

What is it?

This hack provides a gateway from vBulletin forums to the USENET. It allows forum members to read newsgroup messages as well as to send posts to the newsgroups. In a nutshell, it turns vBulletin forums into a basic function news reader.

For an added bonus, this package also supports mailing list archive and forum to mailing list gateway. The software retrieves messages from a pop3 account and import them into the forums threaded. It also allows a forums user to send messages to the mailing list by the forum posting interface.


The gateway will be appreciated by forum members who do not know how to set up a news reader, or people who do not have port 119 open in their network. A forum interface to read and post news are often considered to be better than a news reader.

The gateway adds more contents to your forums and allows the members to interact with wider audience. It is common to see new users signing up to use this feature.


This hack was originally coded by Gilby for vB2. I modified the hack to work with vB3 and have been maintaining and improving the hack. I have now done the modification for this to work with vB3.5.

The very original hack by Gilby can be found here:

The vB3 version can be found here:


Some of the features and improvement include:
  • Handles both newsgroup posts and mailing lists.
  • Handles MIME encoded messages and attachment.
  • Handles UUEncoded messages.
  • Two Admin Control Panels for all settings.
  • Automated installation.
  • Correct thread implementation. All imported messages and posts sent to newsgroups will be threaded correctly according to References and Message-ID headers.
  • Optional setting to thread by subject for mailing lists that strip references header.
  • Imported messages will be searchable just like normal forum posts.
  • Similar threads are built when the messages are imported if the system setting is on.
  • Multiple attachments importing.
  • Save attachment to database or file according to vB setting.
  • Thumbnail created while importing image files.
  • Multiple attachment post to newsgroup is also supported.
  • Selectable X-No-Archive header honouring system.
  • Light on system resources.
  • Global Killfile to filter out unwanted messages. Killfiles can have OR and AND effectiveness.
  • Strip footer by setting for incoming messages. Strips out repeated message footers.
  • Built options to disable signatures and footers for out going messages.

Future development
  • Traditional "> " lead posting interface.

What do you need and do not need?

You do not need to edit vB php files.
No need to manually run SQL.


Basically the AdminCP interfaces take care of installation as well as upgrade in the background. Back up your database first. The scripts can modify your database without alerting you!

Please follow the instructions in the readme.txt file for more details.

It is not a must to click "INSTALL" for this hack if you use it, I do try better answering the questions from people who do.


Please post your support questions to this thread. Please check the FAQ in the second post within this thread first. It may be surprising, but it is possible your question is answered in the adminCP NNTP settings.

Please always provide more details about your problem. Examples and debug messages will certainly help. Well, if you don't even try to have some effort to compose your question, the answer you get may also not include much effort.

================== UPDATES ======================
Jul 21 2005 (release version 3.5.0 Alpha 1)

AdminCP xml file is written by Kadence.
  • Ported to work with vB3.5.
  • Existing bug fixes.
  • Debug message can be sent by email or logged in vB Tast Scheduler.
  • Known problem: image attachment thumb nail creation still needs work.
  • Needs to be done: Documentation.

Quick installation instruction:
1) Upload files to their correct directory
2) Enter AdminCP, click on NNTP Settings once to install/upgrade. Change settings to your like.
3) Click on NNTP Groups once to install/upgrade.
3a) For new install. Run once

Delete this file afterwards.
If you are upgrading from an older version. There is no need to upload this file. Actually this file should not be there except brand new install.

Manually run in debug mode:

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  • This modification may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
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Old 15 Sep 2010, 19:49
shempsall2009 shempsall2009 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Hi all I have installed this on vb4... also patched it and followed the quick instructions above..

I have ran setlastmsg.php and deleted it but nothing seems to be happening... Please could someone point me in the right direction... Thanks
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Old 19 Sep 2010, 10:16
AtomicAcidbath AtomicAcidbath is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Fix for 'Show Similar Threads' problem in 4.x

File: gateway.php

At line 586, Find:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Replace with:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Rename all occurrences of variable $foruminfo something else like $forum_info. It's in there 6 times.
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Old 28 Oct 2010, 14:40
scottct1 scottct1 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
I just moved to vb4 and this mod is working but I am having a strange issue...

When it imports email it adds a ? to the first line of a post.

I can't figure out where this ? is coming from....
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Old 15 Nov 2010, 11:14
Aylwin Aylwin is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
First of all, big thanks to TMM-TT for updating this plug-in for vB4! I'm a long time user but only just recently upgraded to version 4.

I thought I'd contributed a modification I've made that checks if the email sender is also a forum user. If yes, then the post is added as that user. The reason I've done this is because I want our mailing lists to be fully integrated with our forums. Anyway, it's implemented as an option so you can choose whether or not to enable it.

I've also fixed the TABLE_PREFIX issue pointed out by tms1791 and added the 'Show Similar Threads' fix shared by AtomicAcidbath.

Additionally, the admincp files (nntp_groups.php and nntp_settings.php) were giving me SQL errors so I had to change "TYPE=MyISAM" to "ENGINE=MyISAM".

By the way, I think someone should create a new thread for this plugin in the 4.0 forum. That way, we can focus on 4.0 discussions and perhaps further development over there.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not really a proper coder so I can't guarantee that my version works. All I know is that it seems to work on my site.
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Old 27 Nov 2010, 23:20
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CRDeveloper CRDeveloper is offline
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Real name: Pablo X.
I didn't know this was possible, one of my members suggested yesterday haha.

I will try ASAP, running 4.1.0 Beta!
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Old 30 Nov 2010, 14:51
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kgroneman kgroneman is offline
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I'm running it on 4.0.7 currently and it works great except for attachments. Any time it comes across an attachment it hangs. Is anyone else seeing this?
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Old 06 Jan 2011, 13:50
scottct1 scottct1 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
I don't know what happened. This has been working great for a long time. But yesterday I started getting SQL error when gateway.php runs.

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.0:

Invalid SQL:

SELECT filename,attachmentid
FROM attachment
WHERE postid= 2424829;

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'postid' in 'where clause'

Any ideas?
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Old 28 Jan 2011, 10:03
SamirDarji SamirDarji is offline
Join Date: Apr 2004
omg, I've been looking for something like this for almost half a decade! I can't believe I didn't see this before. I just hope it works on v3.8.x.
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Old 02 Mar 2011, 22:29
hmspain hmspain is offline
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A "Hail Mary" pass to the nntp admins out there

I'm running this nntp sync and find myself having to choose between turning on thumbnails in vBulletin, or sync'g attachments.

I get the impression I'm not the only one.

Has anyone found a solution?
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Old 02 Mar 2011, 22:31
hmspain hmspain is offline
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Originally Posted by hmspain View Post
I'm running this nntp sync and find myself having to choose between turning on thumbnails in vBulletin, or sync'g attachments.

I get the impression I'm not the only one.

Has anyone found a solution?
I'm running vBulletin 3.8.6.
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Old 01 Sep 2011, 13:43
John Diver John Diver is offline
Join Date: Nov 2003
Is there a free server I can use to test this? I have tried 4 or 5 now and none are working.

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Old 05 Oct 2011, 03:55
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Rik Brown Rik Brown is offline
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Since no one has come back with a free server suggestion, I might suggest a 14-day free trial with

-- Rik

ps: used them for years!
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Old 09 Oct 2011, 10:12
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Rik Brown Rik Brown is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005

After upgrading from vb 4.1.6 to 4.1.7, I got the following error:

PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function build_post_index() in /home/www/html/subs/forums/includes/functions_nntp.php on line 623

What I found is that in the forum's /include directory there is a file named functions_databuild.php that holds the build_post_index function. I see in the 4.1.6 code that the build_post_index function has all the code between the initiation of the function and the end of the function commented out. In 4.1.7, the function has been totally removed from the functions_databuild.php file.

Since the mod worked fine with vb 4.1.6, this would indicate that the function wasn't being utilized by this mod at all. So I commented out the call to the build_post_index function from within functions_nntp.php. And, as far as I can tell, that gets the mod back up and running again with vb 4.1.7.

Last edited by Rik Brown; 13 Oct 2011 at 16:59.
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Old 26 Jan 2012, 14:06
photoads photoads is offline
Join Date: Jan 2004
Anyone got this still working? I get a connection timeout everytime I try to run it any help appreciated
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Old 26 Jan 2012, 14:18
hmspain hmspain is offline
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Originally Posted by photoads View Post
Anyone got this still working? I get a connection timeout everytime I try to run it any help appreciated
It is working for me, but with limitations. Don't expect it to be perfect :-). The connection timeout sounds like a firewall issue.

Your vBulletin server needs to talk to your news server via port 119. You should be able to test this from your vBulletin server using a command shell window and:

telnet <news server) 119

I'm responding since most of us running this add-on depend on it a great deal and yet posts to this thread are far too often unanswered. I'll answer what I can. I use and depend on this add-on every day to keep my vBulletin forums and DNEWS server in "sync".
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