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BINKD(8) System Manager's Manual BINKD(8)


binkd - transfer files between two Fidonet systems over TCP/IP


binkd [-CcDipqrsvdmh] [ -P node ] config-file


Binkd is a Fidonet mailer designed to operate via TCP/IP networks. As a FTN-compatible internet daemon, it makes possible efficient utilization of TCP/IP protocol suite as a transport layer in FTN-based (Fido Technology Network) networks.

Binkd expects your spool for Fido-like networks to be in BSO ("Bink style outbound") or optionaly ASO ("Amiga style outbound") format. BSO is also used by ifmail and BinkleyTerm mailers.


Binkd running with this option will reread the configuration file if it is changed. The modification time of the configuration file is checked every 60 seconds and on every incoming and outgoing connection.
Start client only. Normally Binkd starts both server and client.
Run Binkd as a daemon (cannot be used for client-only mode).
Run Binkd from inetd.
Poll a node. An empty *.ilo file in the outbound will be created, which will force Binkd to connect to and to receive mail from the node ( Binkd will also add "Node node * -" record to the table-of-nodes in Binkd ´s memory if there is no entry for the node in the configuration file).
Start client manager, process polls, quit if the queue seems to be empty after the next rescan. Implies -c.
Quiet mode. Turns off printq, conlog and percents statements of configuration.
Disable crypt traffic.
Start server only. Normally Binkd starts both server and client.
Be verbose. Binkd -v will dump binkd's version and quit.
Dump version and compiled-in options.
Dump parsed config and exit.
Disable CRAM-MD5 authorization. Implies -r.
Print help message.


Causes Binkd to reload it's config.


log file name. Binkd uses this enviroment variable if the logfile token is not defined in the config file



Binkd FAQ, Binkd User Guide, Binkd homepage,


Dima Maloff <> and others.

This manual page is based on "Binkd User Guide" by (Nick Soveiko)


Report bugs to <>

21 Jun 2012