SMF Files and Their Meanings

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SMF Files and Their Meanings


agreement.txt - What registrars have to agree by in order to successfully Register on any SMF forum, when the "Show and require agreement letter when registering" option enabled.

index.php - The file used to show your Forum to visitors.

install.php - The file used to setup the initial SMF forum. This file configures database information, Forum information and the initial administrator's account. Can be a security threat if left dormant.

upgrade.php - Upgrades any version of an SMF Forum to a newer version. Can be a security threat if left dormant.

repair_settings.php - Edits the paths to different directories, URLs and database connection information. Can be a security threat if left dormant.

license.txt - As the operator of an SMF forum, you have to agree to the terms contained in this file.

Settings.php - Contains information about the forum, server settings, database connection information, etc.

Settings_bak.php - A backup of "Settings.php".

SSI.php - Some functions from your Forum to be used on your website, if you wish (i.e. login system, show last posts, etc.).

ssi_examples.php - Examples of how to integrate SSI's functions in a PHP file.

ssi_examples.shtml - Examples of how to integrate SSI's functions in an SHTML file.

readme.html - A wealth of information about SMF, what's required to it, etc.


index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.


index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.


index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.

installed.list - The list of currently installed packages (packages installed through the Package Manager).

server.list - A list of packages' servers to which you can connect and get new or updated packages.


index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.


Admin.php - A file that handles basic administration.

BoardIndex.php - Used to display the Board index.

Calendar.php - Displays the calendar.

Display.php - This file controls topic, message and Attachment display.

DumpDatabase.php - Used to backup an SMF forum's SQL database through the admin panel.

Errors.php - Logs Forum and database errors.

Help.php - This file takes care of help messages and the help center.

index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.

InstantMessage.php - Handles most aspects of personal messages.

Karma.php - Handles the "karma" feature in SMF.

Load.php - The file used to load nearly every page of an SMF forum.

LockTopic.php - Handles the locking and stickying of topics.

LogInOut.php - File used to log members in and out.

ManageAttachments.php - Handles the managing of attachments.

ManageBoards.php - Manage your forum's boards (create, edit and remove boards, assign moderators to boards, authorize access to boards to certain membergroups, etc.).

ManageMembers.php - Handles the managing of members.

ManagePermissions.php - Handles the managing of permissions.

ManageSmileys.php - Handles the managing of smileys.

Memberlist.php - contains the functions for displaying and searching in the members list.

MessageIndex.php - Shows the listing of topics in a board.

Modlog.php - Controls the moderation log.

ModSettings.php - This file is here to make it easier for installed mods to have settings and options.

MoveTopic.php - Contains the functions required to move topics from one Board to another board.

News.php - Contains the files necessary to display news as an XML feed.

Notify.php - Controls the toggling of notifications.

PackageGet.php - Tool used by the Package Manager to retrieve package files.

Packages.php - The Package Manager of SMF.

Poll.php - Contains the functions for voting, locking, removing and editing polls.

Post.php - Handles everything related to posting replies, new topics, quotes and modifications to existing posts. Also handles quoting posts by way of a popup.

Printpage.php - File used to format a Topic to make it printer-friendly.

Profile.php - Handles user profiles.

QueryString.php - Handles the query string, request variables and session management.

Recent.php - Finds and retrieves information about recently posted topics, messages, etc.

Register.php - Manages registrations.

Reminder.php - Used to send members password reminders.

RemoveTopic - Used to completely remove an entire topic.

RepairBoards.php - Used when searching for and repairing data errors or corruption.

Search.php - Files used to search an SMF forum.

Security.php - Insures Forum security.

SendTopic.php - File that deals with sending topics to a friend.

SplitTopics.php - This file handles merging and splitting topics.

Stats.php - Provides a display for Forum statistics.

Subs.php - Contains many of the general-use functions the Forum needs to work.

Subs-Auth.php - Handles authentication, user handling, etc.

Subs-Boards.php - Handles marking boards and topics read, collapsing categories and quick moderation.

Subs-Graphics.php - Handles all aspects of users' avatars.

Subs-Package.php - Contains functions for handling .tar.gz and .zip files, as well as a simple XML parser to handle the XML package stuff. Not to mention a few functions to make file handling easier.

Subs-Post.php - This file contains those functions pertaining to posting and other such operations, including sending emails, IMs, blocking spam, preparsing posts, spell checking and the Post box.

Themes.php - Handles Theme administration.

ViewQuery.php - This file is concerned with viewing queries and is used for debugging.

Who.php - Handles the "Who's Online" list.


index.php - Does not allow contents of the directory to be listed.