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checknotes - check for new notesfile articles
checknotes [ -qnvs ] [ -aname ]
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
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.
/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.
Sub-sequencing timestamps for user.
The Notesfile Reference Manual
Ray Essick (uiucdcs!essick, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rob Kolstad (kolstad@convex.UUCP)
CONVEX Computer Corporation
University of Illinois CHECKNOTES(1)
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