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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for news (opensolaris section 1)

news(1) 				  User Commands 				  news(1)

NAME
       news - print news items

SYNOPSIS
       news [-a] [-n] [-s] [items]

DESCRIPTION
       news  is used to keep the user informed of current events. By convention, these events are
       described by files in the directory /var/news.

       When invoked without  arguments,  news  prints  the  contents  of  all  current	files  in
       /var/news, most recent first, with each preceded by an appropriate header. news stores the
       ``currency'' time as the modification date of a file named .news_time in the  user's  home
       directory  (the identity of this directory is determined by the environment variable $HOME
       ); only files more recent than this currency time are considered ``current.''

OPTIONS
       -a      Print all items, regardless of currency. In this case,  the  stored  time  is  not
	      changed.

       -n      Report the names of the current items without printing their contents, and without
	      changing the stored time.

       -s      report how many current items exist, without printing their names or contents, and
	      without  changing  the  stored  time. It is useful to include such an invocation of
	      news in one's .profile file, or in the system's /etc/profile.

       All other arguments are assumed to be specific news items that are to be printed.

       If a delete is typed during the printing of a news item, printing stops and the next  item
       is started. Another delete within one second of the first causes the program to terminate.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See  environ(5)	for  a	description of the LC_CTYPE environment variable that affects the
       execution of news.

FILES
       /etc/profile

       /var/news/*

       $HOME/.news_time

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------------------------------------+
       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE		      ATTRIBUTE VALUE		   |
       |Availability		      SUNWesu			   |
       |CSI			      Enabled			   |
       +-----------------------------------------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       profile(4), attributes(5), environ(5)

SunOS 5.11				   20 Dec 1996					  news(1)


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