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getlist - get a list from an NNTP server
getlist [ -h host ] [ list [ pattern [ types ] ] ]
The getlist program obtains a list from an NNTP server and sends it to standard output.
The list may be one of active, active.times, distributions, or newsgroups. These values
request the active(5), active.times, <pathetc in inn.conf>/distributions. or <pathdb in
inn.conf>/newsgroups files, respectively.
-h If the ``-h'' flag is used, then the program connects to the server on the speci-
fied host. The default is to connect to the server specified in the inn.conf(5)
If the list parameter is active, then the pattern and types parameters may be used to
limit the output. When pattern is used, only active lines with groups that match accord-
ing to wildmat(3) are printed. When types is also given, only active lines that have a
fourth field starting with a character found in types are printed.
For example, the following command will obtain the one-line descriptions of all newsgroups
found on UUNET:
getlist -h news.uu.net newsgroups
The following line lists all groups where local postings are permitted, are moderated or
getlist active '*' ym=
Note that the listing files other than the active file is a common extension to the NNTP
protocol and may not be available on all servers.
Written by Landon Curt Noll <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews.
active(5), inn.conf(5), nnrpd(8), wildmat(3).
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