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nfarchive - archive notesfiles
nfarchive [ -# ] [ -d ] [ -m- or -m+ ] [ -w# ] [ -f file ] topic [ ... ]
Nfarchive is used to expire notes that have not been modified in a certain amount of time.
Archives are stored in ``archive notesfiles''.
The -# parameter is the number of days a notestring must be idle (no new responses) before
being eligible for archival.
Expired notestrings are either deleted or placed in an archive. The -d parameter tells
nfarchive to delete expired notestrings. If unselected, the expired notestrings are
placed in an archive.
The -m+ option specifies that only notes marked with a director message are eligible for
expiration. -m- specifies that only notes without a director message are eligible for
expiration. By default, the expiration algorithm is indifferent to a note's director mes-
The -w# option specified the working set size for the expired notesfiles. The specified
number represents the minimum number of notes to leave in the notesfile.
The expiration threshold, working set size, expiration action, and director message
requirements can all be specified as a director's option in each notesfile. Specific val-
ues override what is specified on the nfarchive command line. A default value specifies
using the value specified on the command line.
The -f parameter specifies a file containing a list of notesfiles to archive. Notesfiles
can also be specified on the command line.
By default, the archive of notesfile /usr/spool/notes/somenotes is in /usr/spool/old-
notes/somenotes. The archive of /some/other/place/somenotes also defaults to
/usr/spool/oldnotes/somenotes. To prevent collisions of this nature, mapping between
active and archive notesfiles is implemented. The file /usr/spool/notes/.utili-
ties/net.alias/Archive-into contains lines of the form:
Lines in this file beginning with `#' are comments. Notesfiles without an entry in this
file are archived into the /usr/spool/oldnotes directory with the appropriate last compo-
When initially created, an archive notesfile has an access list matching its active coun-
terpart. Currently, only directors are allowed to write in an archive notesfile.
Nfarchive refuses to archive an archive notesfile.
/usr/spool/notes/.utilities where this programs lives.
maps active notesfiles into their archives.
/usr/spool/notes Default notes data base
/usr/spool/oldnotes Default archive directory
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 NFARCHIVE(8)
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