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get-news - Debian Suck front end  


get-news [ sitename ] [ -h ] [ -outgoingfile filename ] [ -userid userid ] [ -password password ] [ -noauth ] [ -port port ] [ -server sitename ] [ -q ] [ -getonly ] [ -postonly ] [ -timestamp ] [ -verbose ]


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 causes the script to contact, send messages listed in /var/spool/news/outgoing/ (according to the feed of this name defined in /etc/news/newsfeeds) and use /etc/suck/ as list of newsgroups, /etc/suck/ as killfile and (in case -A or -AL is specified in get-news.conf) suit newsgroup list to /etc/suck/

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).

-outgoingfile filename

This option tells get-news to use an alternate remote server outgoing articles filename, instead of the default, the remote server name.

-userid userid

-password password

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.

-port port

This option let you specify a port number, if your NNTP server has a non standard one.

-server sitename

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.



suck(1), testhost(1), rpost(1), lpost(1).




This document was created by man2html, using the manual pages.
Time: 22:01:41 GMT, April 16, 2011