is a front-end that invokes
to send Usenet articles to a remote NNTP site.
The sites to be fed may be specified by giving
pairs on the command line.
If no such pairs are given,
defaults to the information given in the
should be the name of the site as specified in the
should be the hostname or IP address of the remote site.
is launched for sites with queued news.
processes are spawned in the background and the script waits for
them all to finish before returning.
Output is sent to the file
In order to keep from overwhelming the local system,
waits five seconds before spawned each child.
expects that the batchfile for a site is named
To prevent batchfile corruption,
is used to ``lock'' these files.
pairs are given on the command line,
any flags given on the command completely describe how
When no such pairs are given on the command line, then
the information found in
becomes the default flags for that site.
Any flags given on the command line override the default flags
for the site.
The ``-d'' flag causes
to send output to stdout rather than the log file
The ``-D'' flag does the same
and it passes ``-d'' to all
invocatins which in turn causes
to go into debug mode.
If the ``-s'' flag is used, then
will be invoked to perform a tail truncation on the batchfile and the flag
will be passed to it.
If the ``-l'' (lazy) flag is specified, then the script will be more
aggressive about deciding there is nothing to be done.
This can be useful when using
as a backup for a site fed by
-a -p -r -S -t -T
The ``-a'', ``-p'', ``-P'', ``-r'',
``-S'', ``-t'', and ``-T'' flags are passed on to the
for more details.
Note that if the ``-p'' flag is used then no connection is made and
no articles are fed to the remote site.
It is useful to have
with this flag in case a site cannot be reached for an extended period of time.