archive - Usenet article archiver

     archive [ -a archive ] [ -f ] [ -i index ] [ -m ] [ -r ] [ input ]

     Archive makes copies of files specified on its  standard  input.   It  is
     normally  run  either  as  a  channel  feed under innd(8) , or by a script
     before expire(8)  is run.

     Archive reads the named input file, or  standard  input  if  no  file  is
     given.   The  input  is  taken  as a set of lines.  Blank lines and lines
     starting with a number sign (``#'') are ignored.  All other lines  should
     specify  the name of a file to archive.  If a filename is not an absolute
     pathname, it is taken to be relative to  <config$_PATH_SPOOL>  (typically

     Files  are  copied  to  a  directory  within   the   archive   directory,
     <config$_PATH_ARCHIVEDIR> (typically /var/news/spool/archive.)

     The default is to  create  a  hierarchy  that  mimics  the  input  files;
     intermediate  directories  will  be  created as needed.  For example, the
     input  file  comp/sources/unix/2211  (article  2211  in   the   newsgroup
     comp.sources.unix)           will          be          copied          to


     -a archive
          If the ``-a'' flag is used then its argument specifies the directory
          to archive in instead of the default.

     -f   If the ``-f'' flag  is  used,  then  all  directory  names  will  be
          flattened  out,  replacing  the slashes with periods.  In this case,
          the         file         would         be         copied          to
          /var/news/spool/archive/comp.sources.unix/2211.)   -i  If the ``-i''
          flag is used, then archive will append one  line  to  the  specified
          index  file for each article that it copies.  This line will contain
          the destination name and the Message-ID and Subject headers.

     -m   Files are copied by making a link.  If that  fails  a  new  file  is
          created.   When  <config$HAVE_SYMLINK> == DO, and the ``-m'' flag is
          used, then the file will be copied to the destination, and the input
          file will be replaced with a symbolic link pointing to the new file.
          When <config$HAVE_SYMLINK> is not DO, The ``-m'' flag is ignored.

     -r   By default, archive sets its standard error to <config$_PATH_ERRLOG>
          (typically /var/log/news/errlog.)  To suppress this redirection, use
          the ``-r'' flag.

     If the input is exhausted, archive will exit with a zero status.   If  an
     I/O  error occures, it will try to spool its input, copying it to a file.
     If there was no input filename, the standard  input  will  be  copied  to
     <config$_PATH_BATCHDIR>/archive                                (typically
     /var/news/spool/out.going/archive) and the  program  will  exit.   If  an
     input filename was given, a temporary file named input.bch (if  input  is
     an  absolute  pathname)  or  <config$PATH_BATCHDIR>/input.bch  (typically
     /var/news/spool/out.going/input.bch) (if the filename does not begin with
     a  slash)  is  created.   Once  the  input is copied, archive will try to
     rename this temporary file to be the name of the  input  file,  and  then

     A typical newsfeeds(5)  entry to archive  most  source  newsgroups  is  as

      -f -i \

     Written by Rich $alz  <>  for  InterNetNews.   This  is
     revision 1.14, dated 1996/10/29.

     newsfeeds(5) .

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