you enter the EleConfig Message Area Manager:
ELCONFIG.EXE > MGR > MSG AREAS, the commands
Enter-Edit Space-Tag (INS)ert
(DEL)ete ALT: C-Copy M-Move G-Global P-Goto
So lets say you want to move message areas 1 though
10 to area 100....
First move the cursor to area 1 and press the spacebar
to tag an anchor point. Then move the cursor down to
area 10. You should now see areas 1-10 all highlighted.
Now press Alt-M to move, and it will ask you to "Select
move/copy insertion point". Next move the cursor
to area 100 and press Enter to complete the move.
In the Elconfig Msg Area Manager, you will see that
now the very top area shows number 11, and the areas
1-10 appear at positions 100-110. This is because the
areas havent really been moved exactly, but rather they
have been reindexed in the messages.rdx file.... But
your users will not know this. When they list areas
in EleBBS, those areas really will be shown as areas
100-110. (assuming that they have read access to every
message area that is).
If you want to actually change an internal area number
in the Elconfig Msg Area Manager, this can be done by
going to the desired area and pressing Enter. At the
top of the screen you will see the following:
(F1) to edit area number
Press F1, and it will allow you to change the internal
area number to any value that is not already being used.
Keep in mind that a user is always shown logical area
numbers according to their security level, flags, age,
etc. So for example, if your bbs onlty had the following
msg areas defined:
Area 1 - security level 1
Area 2 - security level 100
Area 3 - security level 100
Area 4 - security level 1
(assume these areas dont have any other security settings)
Then a user with security level 50 would only see two
areas, numbered 1 and 2.... but what the user sees as
area number 2 would really be internal area number 4.
This is done so that users will not know there are area
numbers that they dont have access to.
So therefore, it is not important that you make the
internal area numbers in the Msg Area Manager consecutive
as the users will never know the difference. Keep in
mind that once you start moving areas around in the
Msg Area Manager so that the internal numbers are no
longer sequential, you will break compatibility with
older third party utilities that were designed for RA
2.02 or older. The indexing feature was added to RA
2.50, so you would want to make sure that any RA message
utilities you use are compatible with RA 2.50 or later.
The same rules apply to the File Areas as well, and
even the Message Groups and File Groups.
Besides moving areas, you can also copy areas, insert
areas, and delete areas by using the Alt-keys listed
There is also a Global command that allows you to globally
change settings in a group of areas. This is done by
highlighting a block of areas as described above, then
pressing Alt-G to go to the Global Template where you
can make whatever changes you want to the global template,
and when you are done press "ESC" and it will
ask if you want to apply the changes or not.
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