texpire - delete old news articles and repair leafnode news spool
[-v[...]] [-q] [-f] [-h] [-r]
is a USENET package intended for small sites, where there are few
users and little disk space, but where a large number of groups is
is the program which deletes old articles from the local news spool and
repairs most problems of the news spool. It can restore broken hard
links, re-sort message.id links into the right directories (necessary
when the spool has been moved to a different path) and update overview
data. It can not repair loss of @spooldir@/news/group/* files.
parameter is set to -1 for a particular group (or pattern), texpire will
skip this (these) groups.
Be verbose. A maximum of four
can be used (the more v, the more verbose). Don't expect all the output
to make sense. Cancels preceding -q options.
Force expire. Expire will be made regardless of the access time of the file.
Especially useful if you regularly backup your news spool or do other things
to it where you open files in there.
sets its real and effective uid to "news" (if it can), because almost
all of the problems I have had with
are due to files which aren't writable for user "news".
may not delete an article as soon as it should in certain circumstances,
for instance after backing up or restoring data; eventually it will.
ignores "Expires" headers.
is unable to delete articles in groups which have non-consecutive
numbers with huge gaps.
does not delete thread-based, but is only looking at individual
articles, although the leafnode documentation of previous versions
only removes the innermost empty directory when all articles expire
from a group. On the next run, it will remove the parent, which then is
empty again, so eventually, empty directories will be deleted after some
This variable is parsed as an unsigned integer value and determines how
many seconds texpire will wait when trying to obtain the lock file
from another leafnode program. 0 means to wait indefinitely. This
variable takes precedence over the configuration file.
Written by Arnt Gulbrandsen <email@example.com> and copyright 1995
Troll Tech AS, Postboks 6133 Etterstad, 0602 Oslo, Norway, fax +47