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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for slrn (redhat section 1)

slrn(1) 				   User Manuals 				  slrn(1)

NAME
       slrn - An easy to use NNTP / spool based newsreader.

SYNOPSIS
       slrn  [-aCdknmw]  [-C-] [-Dname] [-f newsrc-file] [-i config-file] [-k0] [--create] [-cre-
       ate] [--debug file] [--help] [--inews] [--kill-log file]  [--nntp  [-h server]  [-p port]]
       [--spool] [--version]

DESCRIPTION
       slrn is an easy to use but powerful NNTP / spool based newsreader.

       It  is  highly customizable, supports scoring, free key bindings and can be extended using
       the s-lang macro language.

       To use slrn, you either need to set the NNTPSERVER environment variable to the server  you
       want  to read news from or specify a server on the command line.  A newsrc file is needed,
       too.  In case you do not yet have one, you can create it using ``slrn -f ~/.jnewsrc --cre-
       ate''.

       Inside slrn, online help is available via the '?' key.

OPTIONS
       The  following options can be used when calling slrn from the command line.  They override
       both environment variables and settings in private and global configuration files.

       -a     Read active file when checking for new news.

       -C     Use colors without checking if the terminal supports it.

       -C-    Don't use colors, even if the terminal supports it.

       -d     Get group descriptions (taglines) from the news server.  Please note that this  may
	      cause  a	download of several hundred kilobytes and thus can take a long time.  The
	      output is saved to a local file, so you only need to do  this  once.   May  not  be
	      specified in combination with --create.

       -Dname Add  name to the list of predefined preprocessing tokens, which can be used in your
	      slrnrc file to have conditionally interpreted lines.  See the slrn reference manual
	      for details.

       -f newsrc-file
	      Use  file  as  the  newsrc  file for this session.  This is permanently set via the
	      server configuration command.

       -h host[:port]
	      Connect to the NNTP server on host, overriding the  $NNTPSERVER  environment  vari-
	      able.   If no port is given, the default NNTP port (119) will be used.  This option
	      is only accepted after --nntp or when NNTP is the default mode.

       -i config-file
	      Read file as the initialization (slrnrc) file.  The default is to use  .slrnrc  (or
	      slrn.rc on VMS, OS/2 and Windows) in your home directory.

       -k     Don't read the score file.

       -k0    Read  the score file, but inhibit expensive scoring. A scoring rule is expensive if
	      it contains header lines that are not included  in  the  server's  overview  files.
	      This makes applying them slow.

       -m     Force mouse support (without checking if it works on the current terminal).

       -n     Do not check for new groups (usually resulting in a faster startup).

       -p N   Use port N to connect to the NNTP server.

       -w     Wait  for  a  key  before  switching to full screen mode, allowing the user to read
	      startup messages.

       --create
	      Read the active file (the list of all groups) from the news  server  to  create  an
	      initial newsrc file.

       -create
	      Obsolete version of --create.

       --debug file
	      Write debugging output to file.

       --help Show help for command line switches.

       --inews
	      Use an external inews program to post articles.

       --kill-log file
	      Keep a log of all articles that were killed by the scorefile in file.

       --nntp Use  builtin  NNTP  support for reading and posting (an external program is used to
	      post if slrn was compiled with --enable-force-inews).

       --pull Spool outgoing articles locally for slrnpull to send.

       --spool
	      Read directly from spool.

       --version
	      Print version and some compile time settings.

ENVIRONMENT
       slrn uses the following list of environment variables.  Note: environment variables can be
       overridden by configuration files or command line switches.

       COLORTERM
	      If  this	variable  is set, slrn will assume that your terminal supports ANSI color
	      sequences.  It also enables a workaround for a problem  with  the  mouse	reporting
	      when running slrn inside of an rxvt.

       DISPLAY
	      If set, slrn assumes that X11 is running.

       EDITOR See $SLRN_EDITOR.

       HOME   See $SLRNHOME.

       HOSTNAME
	      If no hostname is given, the value of this environment variable is used.

       LOGNAME
	      See $USER.

       NAME   Set it to your realname, if slrn can't determine it otherwise.

       NNTPSERVER
	      You  can use this variable to tell slrn which NNTP server to connect to.	It can be
	      overridden by the command line option -h.

       ORGANIZATION
	      The name of your organization.

       PRINTER
	      On unix systems, slrn pipes the current article to ``lpr -P $PRINTER'' to print it.

       PWD    This variable is only used on unix systems that don't support getcwd(3).	In  these
	      cases, it should be set to the current directory at the time slrn is invoked.  This
	      is usually done by the shell and nothing the user has to worry about.

       REPLYTO
	      The value of this variable is used as the default if you do not set replyto in your
	      slrnrc file.

       SLANG_EDITOR
	      See $SLRN_EDITOR.

       SLRNHELP
	      You can set this variable to a file slrn should read its online help from.  This is
	      only needed when the default key bindings have been changed and you want	the  help
	      function	to  reflect this.  If unset, slrn looks for help.txt in the configuration
	      directory.

       SLRNHOME
	      When interpreting filenames as relative to your  home  directory,  slrn  uses  this
	      variable	to find out what your home directory is.  If $SLRNHOME is unset, $HOME is
	      used instead.

       SLRN_EDITOR
	      The editor to start for editing articles.  If this variable is unset,  slrn  subse-
	      quently looks at $SLANG_EDITOR, $EDITOR and $VISUAL.

       TMP    Indicates the directory in which slrn should save temporary files.

       TMPDIR See $TMP.

       USER   Your username, if slrn can't get it from the system by other means.

       VISUAL See $SLRN_EDITOR.

FILES
       $HOME/.slrnrc
	      User-specific configuration file.

       config_dir/slrn.rc
	      System-wide  configuration  file. config_dir is set at compile time (/usr/local/etc
	      by default).

       $HOME/.jnewsrc
	      default newsrc file for slrn.

       $HOME/.jnewsrc.dsc
	      Per user newsgroups descriptions.

       share_dir/newsgroups.dsc
	      Global   newsgroup   descriptions.   share_dir   is    set    at	  compile    time
	      (/usr/local/share/slrn by default).

SEE ALSO
       The  documentation  that  comes	with  slrn,  especially  manual.txt,  FAQ,  score.txt and
       SCORE_FAQ.  If you consider writing s-lang macros, also look at	README.macros  and  slrn-
       funs.txt.

       Recent  versions of the slrn manual and the FAQ as well as additional information can also
       be found on slrn's official home page: http://slrn.sourceforge.net/

       Questions about slrn that are not covered by existing documentation may be posted  to  the
       newsgroup  news.software.readers where they will be answered by knowledgeable users or the
       author of the program.  In addition, announcements of new  versions  of	slrn  are  posted
       there.

       The latest version of slrn is available from http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/slrn/

AUTHOR
       John E. Davis <davis@space.mit.edu>

       Please send any bug reports to the current maintainer, Thomas Schultz <tststs@gmx.de>

Unix					  September 2001				  slrn(1)


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