Control Messages Up:
There are a number of files that control C-News' behavior, but are not essential to its functioning. All of them reside in /usr/lib/news. We will describe them briefly.
- This is a companion file of active which contains a list of newsgroup names, along with a one-line description of its main topic. This file is automatically updated when C News receives a check-news control message (see section 18.8).
- If you have a number of local groups that you don't want C News to complain about every time you receive a checknews mes- sage, put their names and descriptions in this file, just like they would appear in newsgroups.
- This file contains the moderator's address for each moderated group. Each line contains the group name, followed by the mod- erator's email address (offset by a tab).
Two special entries are provided as default. These are backbone and internet. Both provide --- in bang-path notation --- the path to the nearest backbone site, and the site that understands RFC 822-style addresses (user@host). The default entries are
You will not have to change the internet entry if you have smail or sendmail installed, because they understand RFC 822-addressing.
The backbone entry is used whenever a user posts to a moderated group whose moderator is not listed explicitly. If the newsgroup's name is alt.sewer, and the backbone entry con- tains path!%s, C News will mail the article to path!alt-sewer, hoping that the backbone machine is able to forward the arti- cle. To find out which path to use, ask the news admins at the site that feeds you. As a last resort, you can also use uunet.uu.net!%s.
- This file is not really a C News file, but it is used by some newsreaders, and nntpd. It contains the list of distribu- tions recognized by your site, and a description of its (intended) effect. For example, Virtual Brewery has the following file:
- everywhere in the world
- Only local to this site
- Netherlands only
- MUGNET only
- France only
- Germany only
- Virtual Brewery only
- This file contains a log of all C News activities. It is culled regularly by running newsdaily; copies of the old log- files are kept in log.o, log.oo, etc.
- This is a log of all error messages created by C News. These do not include articles junked due to wrong group, etc. This file is mailed to the newsmaster (usenet by default) automati- cally by newsdaily if it is found to be non-empty.
- is cleared by newsdaily. Old copies are kept in errlog.o and companions.
- This logs all runs of sendbatches. It is usually of scant interest only. It is also attended by newsdaily.
- This is an empty file created each time newswatch is run.
Thu Mar 7 23:22:06 EST 1996