active, active.times - list of active Usenet newsgroups
The file <config$_PATH_ACTIVE> lists the newsgroups that the local site
receives. Each newsgroup should be listed only once. Each line
specifies one group; their order in the file does not matter. Within
each newsgroup, articles are assigned unique names, which are
monotonically increasing numbers.
If an article is posted to newsgroups not mentioned in this file, those
newsgroups are ignored. If no valid newsgroups are specified, and
<config$WANT_TRASH> == DONT the article is rejected. Otherwise it is
filed into the newsgroup ``junk'' and only propagated to sites that
receive the ``junk'' newsgroup.
Each line consists of four fields specified by a space:
name himark lomark flags
The first field is the name of the newsgroup. If
<config$MERGE_TO_GROUPS> == DO newsgroups that start with the three
characters ``to.'' are treated specially; see innd(8) . The second field
is the highest article number that has been used in that newsgroup. The
third field is the lowest article number in the group; this number is not
guaranteed to be accurate, and should only be taken to be a hint. Note
that because of article cancellations, there may be gaps in the numbering
sequence. If the lowest article number is greater then the highest
article number, then there are no articles in the newsgroup. In order to
make it possible to update an entry in-place without rewriting the entire
file, the second and third fields are padded out with leading zeros to
make them a fixed width.
The fourth field can contain one of the following flags:
y Local postings are allowed
n No local postings are allowed, only remote ones
m The group is moderated and all postings must be approved
j Articles in this group are not kept, but only passed on
x Articles cannot be posted to this newsgroup
=foo.bar Articles are locally filed into the ``foo.bar'' group
If a newsgroup has the ``j'' flag, then no articles will be filed into
that newsgroup and local postings to that group should not be generated.
If an article for such a newsgroup is received from a remote site, it
will be filed into the ``junk'' newsgroup if it is not cross-posted.
This is different from not having a newsgroup listed in the file because
sites can subscribe to ``j'' newsgroups and the article will be
propagated to them.
If the fourth field of a newsgroup starts with an equal sign, then the
newsgroup is an alias. Articles can be posted to the group, but will be
treated as if they were posted to the group named after the equal sign.
The second and third fields are ignored. Note that the Newsgroup header
is not modified (Alias groups are typically used during a transition, and
are typically created with ctlinnd(8) ). An alias newsgroup should not
point to another alias.
The file <config$_PATH_ACTIVETIMES> provides a chronological record of
when newsgroups are created. This file is normally updated by innd(8)
whenever a ctlinnd ``newgroup'' command is done. Each line consist of
name time creator
The first field is the name of the newsgroup. The second field is the
time it was created, expressed as the number of seconds since the epoch
-- i.e., a time_t; see gettimeofday(2). The third field is the
electronic mail address of the person who created the group.
Written by Rich $alz <email@example.com> for InterNetNews. This is
revision 1.13, dated 1996/10/29.
ctlinnd(8) , innd(8) .
You can find a summary and links related to this topic
as part of the Mib Software Usenet RKT.