The name of the site get-news should connect. If this parameter is specified, it will be used for multiple purposes, setting:
- the DNS name of the NNTP host which get-news will connect to download and upload articles
- the suffix for some configuration files get-news will use (sucknewsrc, active-ignore, suckkillfile)
- the news feed name (name of the file in /var/spool/news/outgoing which contain list of the articles to be send)
For example, running the command get-news news.provider.site causes the script to contact news.provider.site, send messages listed in /var/spool/news/outgoing/news.provider.site (according to the feed of this name defined in /etc/news/newsfeeds) and use /etc/suck/sucknewsrc.news.provider.site as list of newsgroups, /etc/suck/suckkillfile.news.provider.site as killfile and (in case -A or -AL is specified in get-news.conf) suit newsgroup list to /etc/suck/active-ignore.news.provider.site.
When the sitename parameter is missing (like when get-news is run without parameters), get-news uses parameters from get-news.conf (remoteserver to specify the host, outgoingfile to specify the feed) and no-suffix configuration files (sucknewsrc, active-ignore, suckkillfile).
This option tells get-news to use an alternate remote server outgoing articles filename, instead of the default, the remote server name.
These two options let you specify a userid and password, if your NNTP server requires them.
This option tells get-news to not send userid and password, even if they are specified in /etc/suck/get-news.conf.
This option let you specify a port number, if your NNTP server has a non standard one.
This option tells get-news to use sitename as your local NNTP server, instead of the default, localhost.
Be quiet. Do not display the BPS and article count messages during download. Multiple -q's makes get-news shut up
Only get new news, don't post anything outgoing.
Only post outgoing news, don't get anything.
-timestamp Add timestamps to the get-news.log and verbose output.
-verbose Give more messages about what get-news is doing. Specified multiple times, debugging output is enabled.
Suck looks for a file get-news.conf in /etc/suck to initialize some defaults and set some options that are not available on the command line.