news.daily - do regular Usenet system administration
news.daily [ keyword... ]
News.daily performs a number of important Usenet administrative
functions. This includes producing a status report, removing old news
articles, processing log files, rotating the archived log files,
renumbering the active file, removing any old socket files found in the
``firewall'' directory, and collecting the output. This program should
be run under the news administrator's id, not as root.
By default, news.daily performs all of its functions and mails the output
to the news administrator, <config$NEWSMASTER> (typically usenet.) By
specifying ``keywords'' on the command line, it is possible to modify the
functions performed, as well as change the arguments given to expire(8)
and expireover(8) .
News.daily should be run once a day, typically out of cron(8). It may be
run more often, but such invocations should at least use the ``notdaily''
keyword to prevent the log files from being processed and rotated too
The shlock(1) program is used to prevent simultaneous executions.
The following keywords may be used:
This uses the ``-z'' flag when invoking expire and expireover. The
names of articles to be removed are written to a temporary file, and
then removed after expiration by calling expirerm(8) .
Specify the file to use as the expire.ctl(5) file for expire.
By default, expire builds the new history(5) file and database in
the same directory as the current files. Using this keyword
specifies a different local to build the new files (by passing the
''-d'' flag to expire), which will then be moved to the right
location when finished.
This keyword disables the status report generated by innstat (see
newslog(8) ). Without this keyword, the status report is the first
function performed, just prior to obtaining the news.daily lock.
By default news.daily expects to be run only once a day. Use this
keyword any extra times news.daily is run in the day and the normal
logfile processing (and rotation) will not be done.
By default, expire is invoked to remove old news articles. Using
this keyword disables this function.
Expire normally appends information to
/var/log/news/expire.log) (see newslog(5) ). Using this keyword
causes the expire output to be handled as part of news.daily's
output. It has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
By default, expire is invoked with the an argument of ``-v1''.
Using this keyword changes the arguments to those specified. Be
careful to use quotes if multiple arguments are needed. This
keyword has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
After expiration, scanlogs(8) is invoked to process the log files.
Using this keyword disables all log processing functions.
By default, log processing includes rotating and cleaning out log
files. Using this keyword disables the rotating and cleaning aspect
of the log processing: the logs files are only scanned for
information and no contents are altered.
This keyword has no effect if the ``nologs'' keyword is used. The
``norotate'' keyword is passed on to scanlogs if it is invoked.
This keyword disables the ctlinnd(8) renumber operation. Normally,
the low-water mark for all newsgroups (see active(5) ) is reset.
norm By default, any socket ctlinnd socket that has not been modified for
two days will be removed. Using this keyword disables this
News.daily normally sends a mail message containing the results to
the administrator. Using this keyword causes this message to be
sent to stdout and stderr instead. Normally, all utilities invoked
by the script have their stdout and stderr redirected into a file.
If the file is empty, no message is sent.
The expireover program is called after expiration to purge the
If the ``expireover'' keyword is used, this keyword may be used to
specify the flags to be passed to expireover. If the ``delayrm''
keyword is used, then the default value is ``-z'' and the list of
deleted files; otherwise, the default value is ``-s''.
The program specified by the given path is executed just before any
expiration is done. A typical use is to specify an alternate
expiration program and use the ``noexpire'' keyword. Multiple
programs may be specified; they will be invoked in order.
News.daily and this manual page written by Landon Curt Noll
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and Rich $alz <email@example.com>. This is revision
1.11, dated 1996/12/10.
active(5) , ctlinnd(8) , expire(8) , fastrm(8) , newslog(5) , newslog(8) ,
innwatch.ctl(5) , shlock(1) .
You can find a summary and links related to this topic
as part of the Mib Software Usenet RKT.