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Database QWK Readers? 12

udhay asks: "Like many other slashdot readers, I got my start online through BBSes. I also have tons of old QWK packets from the old days. I occasionally get the urge to re-read those, but it gets tedious to do it one by one. I've been hunting for a database QWK reader that will consolidate all the QWK packets into one message base, for easy retrieval. I haven't been able to find any in lots of hunting on simtel and the like, though. I was wondering if any of the Slashdot readers would know of such an app? Windoze or Linux."
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Database QWK Readers?

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  • SkyReader (Score:2, Informative)

    by WaldoJMU ( 2651 )
    Skyreader might work for you:

    Note that development has been discontinued, but it is released under the GPL. Versions are available for DOS4GW, OS/2, Win32, and Linux.
  • That takes me back.

    I don't know of anything quite like what you're talking about, but the QWK file format can be found at faqsys []. It shouldn't be to hard to write a Perl decoder. Or you might be able to snag source from another project (search freshmeat for QWK, there's a couple relevant projects).
  • This was the THIRD item listed in my google search for "qwk database". :) Google is your friend!
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  • I know you said Windows or Linux, but OS/2 users can try MR/2 Classic [] by Nick Knight. Nick doesn't work on MR/2 any more, but he is working on MR/2 ICE, a very powerful (but somewhat klunky) email/newsgroup reader for OS/2 and Windows.
  • Ask Slashdot is my favorite topic. Please don't turn it into a refuge for the clueless! []
  • I remember I used a program called 'Speed Read' or 'Speed Reader', not exactly sure. You imported qwk-packets, and it stored it in its own format.

    Great reader, payware, for DOS. :)
  • Robomail was the best QWK reader ever made. It was not free though, so not a lot of people used it. I still have it on my computer since I copy it over every time I update. There are lots of messages in my copy. It uses a relational database to store the messages and is VERY quick. It will definitely do what you want.

    Some links:


    • I'm another happy Robomail user, it works well without the license key, your sig line is nagware, and I think there is a startup delay that is one seconded per day after the trial period.

      I really liked reading my mail with a database, it ran great under OS/2 as well.

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