Doesn't list all groups
[Summary: news reader trouble ; group list problem]
Almost all newsreaders provide a list of the groups available on a server. But most servers have at least 10000 (and usually more) distinct Usenet news groups.
In order to help you cope with such a large number of groups, most news readers have options in how the list of groups is presented to the user. It may show the list as a heirarchy of groups or only a subset of all groups.
If you still do not see all the groups you expect to see:
- The newsreader has hidden most of the groups for your convenience.
The most common viewing option is to show only the groups you have "expressed an
interest in" (called "subscribing" which is not like subscribing to a magazine. See What happens when I "subscribe") You should find and enable the option to "show all
- The list is out of date.
The list that is shown is usually a local copy of the complete list available on the
server. Because it can take many minutes to download the complete list, it is not
usually updated every time you access the news server. You may have to perform some
specific operation for the news reader to obtain an updated copy.
Groups are added and removed as part of the normal functioning of Usenet. When you
download an updated copy you may be shown a list of added newsgroups. You can
browse this list to determine if any of the new groups are of interest to you.
You can update the list as frequently or infrequently as you like. It will not have any
effect on the groups you normally follow.
Usenet RKT: What happens when I "subscribe"
Usenet RKT: (coming later!)Adding groups that exist elsewhere
Usenet RKT: (coming later!)Getting help with news reader software
Usenet RKT: Trouble with news reader software
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