SBBSecho should be able to run withOUT an area file (areas.bbs file).
This requires that the AutoAddSubs=true in sbbsecho.ini (the default) and if you don't want an area file created/updated with new subs, just set new option AutoAddToAreaFile=false. Both of these options default to true which is the same as the previous behavior: if you have a link that configured to hub for a msg group, any subs not already in the area list/file will be considered new and added dynamically. So what's new here is that you can set SBBSecho not to create or update an area file and SBBSecho will run just fine if no area file exists or contains no area definitions. Incremented version to 3.09.