rnews - receive news from a UUCP connection
rnews [ -h host ] [ -v ] [ -U ] [ -N ] [ -S master ] [ input ]
Rnews reads messages typically queued by a UUCP newsfeed and sends them
to the local InterNetNews server. The message is read from the specified
input file, or standard input if no input is named.
When sent over UUCP, Usenet articles are typically joined in a single
batch to reduce the UUCP overhead. Batches can also be compressed, to
reduce the communication time. If a message does not start with a number
sign (``#'') and an exclamation point, then the entire input is taken as
a single news article. If it does start with with those two characters,
then the first line is read and interpreted as a batch command.
If the command is ``#! rnews nnn'' where nnn is a number, then the next
nnn bytes (starting with the next line) are read as a news article.
If the command is ``#! cunbatch'' then the rest of input is fed to the
compress(1) program with the ``-d'' flag to uncompress it, and the output
of this pipe is read as rnews's input. This is for historical
compatibility -- there is no program named cunbatch. A compressed batch
will start with a ``#! cunbatch'' line, then contain a series of articles
separated by ``#! rnews nnn'' lines. If <config$RNEWSPROGS> == DO and
the command is any other word, then rnews will try to execute a program
with that name in the directory <config$_PATH_RNEWSPROGS> (typically
The batch will be fed into the program's standard input, and the standard
output will be read back as input into rnews.} If <config$RNEWS_SAVE_BAD>
== DO and rnews detects any problems with an article such as a missing
header, or an unintelligible reply from the server, it will save a copy
of the article in the <config$_PATH_BADNEWS> directory (typically
-S If the ``-S'' flag is used, then rnews will connect to the specified
host. If the flag is not used, and <config$RNEWSLOCALCONNECT> ==
DO, it will try to connect to the server by opening a Unix-domain
stream connection. If the UDP connection fails, or
<config$RNEWSLOCALCONNECT> is not DO it will try to open a TCP
connection to the default remote server.
-U If the server is not available, the message is spooled into a new
file created in the <config$_PATH_SPOOLNEWS> directory (typically
/var/news/spool/in.coming.) The ``-U'' flag may be used to send all
spooled messages to the server once it becomes available again, and
can be invoked regularly by cron(8).
-N Normally, if unpacking the input fails it is re-spooled to
<config$_PATH_SPOOLNEWS> (typically /var/news/spool/in.coming ) for
another attempt later. If the ``-N'' flag is used then no such re-
spooling is done and rnews exits with status value ``9'' to indicate
-v If the ``-v'' flag is used, it will print a notice of all errors on
the standard error, naming the input file (if known) and printing
the first few characters of the input. Errors are always logged
-h If the ``-h'' flag is given, or failing that, the enviroment
variable <config$_ENV_UUCPHOST> (typically UU_MACHINE) is set, then
rnews will log the Message-ID, and host, for each article offered to
the server via syslog(3). Logging will only be done if the value is
not an empty string.
Rnews cannot process articles that have embedded \0's in them.
Written by Rich $alz <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews. This is
revision 1.23, dated 1996/11/08.
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