Takes a long time to receive an article
[Index as: news reader trouble ; article long delay]
There are two (or three) delays involved in receiving an article:
- A reconnect delay, which is a penalty paid only by multi-session news readers under certain conditions. There is no reconnect delay if the already established connection can be used. If not, then the news reader "logs into" the news server all over again. This can take several seconds. See Multi-session news readers
- An initial delay, when the news server is locating the article you requested to read, and is fetching it. In a heavily loaded news server, the article fetch may take several seconds. It should not usually be above 10 seconds. (But see the note below on "Multi-session news readers")
- The time it takes to transfer the article to your computer. Article download times are proportional to article size. As usenet has developed, it is becoming more common to include graphics as part of an article. See What makes articles large?
Most newsreaders can display an approximate size of the article in lines in the article list. You can choose to read large articles or not.
What is a "long time?"
Once the transfer is initiated, the download almost certainly happens faster than you can read it. It should approach the speed of the internet connection. (A 28.8 connection should receive articles at about 2800 bytes per second.) If you are receiving a 200K byte picture, be prepared to wait for more than 60 seconds!
Usenet RKT: (coming later!)Getting help with news reader software
Usenet RKT: What makes articles large?
Usenet RKT: (coming later!)How news gets to you.
Usenet RKT: Multi-session news readers
Usenet RKT: Trouble with news reader software
Usenet RKT: Doesn't list all articles
Usenet RKT: Takes a long time to receive article list
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