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CHECKNOTES(1)									    CHECKNOTES(1)

NAME
       checknotes - check for new notesfile articles

SYNOPSIS
       checknotes [ -qnvs ] [ -aname ]

DESCRIPTION
       Checknotes  reports on the existence of new notes.  The NFSEQ environment variable is read
       to determine the notesfiles to examine for new text.  Checknotes then looks at each of the
       notesfiles  to  determine if there are new notes.  The various flags specify the method of
       notification.  The flags are mutually exlusive.

       The -q option specifies a message ``There are new notes'' when such is the case.  No  text
       is printed if there are no new notes.

       Specify	-n to get a message ``There are no new notes'' if this is the case.  If there are
       new notes, no message is printed.

       With the -v option enabled, checknotes prints the name of each  notesfile  containing  new
       notes.

       The -s option is silent; no output is produced.

       Regardless  of  the  option, the program exits with 0 (TRUE) if new notes exist and with 1
       (FALSE) if no new notes exist.

       The -a option specifies a subsequencer.	This  allows  several  people  sharing	the  same
       signon  to  maintain their own sequencer files.	This switch does not allow users to forge
       other user's sequencer files.  Since the name is concatenated with the  user  name,  arbi-
       trarily	long  subsequencer  names  aren't necessarily unique.  A good rule of thumb is to
       ensure the first 6 characters of any given user's subsequencer names are unique.

FILES
       /etc/passwd				    for the users name
       /etc/group				    for the users group(s)
       /usr/spool/notes 			    the default notesfile data base
       /usr/spool/notes/.sequencer/user 	    Sequencing timestamps for user.
       /usr/spool/notes/.sequencer/user:subsequencer
						    Sub-sequencing timestamps for user.

SEE ALSO
       notes(1),
       The Notesfile Reference Manual

AUTHORS
       Ray Essick (uiucdcs!essick, essick%uiuc@csnet-relay.arpa)
       Department of Computer Science
       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
       Urbana, IL

       Rob Kolstad (kolstad@convex.UUCP)
       CONVEX Computer Corporation
       Richardson, TX

				      University of Illinois			    CHECKNOTES(1)
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