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ACTIVE(5)										ACTIVE(5)

       active, active.times - list of active Usenet newsgroups

       The  file  <pathdb  in inn.conf>/active lists the newsgroups that the local site receives.
       Each newsgroup should be listed only once.  Each line specifies one group; their order  in
       the  file  does	not  matter.   Within each newsgroup, articles are assigned unique names,
       which are monotonically increasing numbers.

       If an article is posted to newsgroups not mentioned in this  file,  those  newsgroups  are
       ignored.  If no valid newsgroups are specified, the article is either filed into the news-
       group ``junk'' and only propagated to sites that receive the ``junk'' newsgroup if ``want-
       trash'' option in inn.conf(5) is true.  Or it is ignored completely.

       Each line consists of four fields specified by a space:

		      name himark lomark flag

       The first field is the name of the newsgroup.  If <mergetogroups in inn.conf> is ``true'',
       newsgroups that start with  the	three  characters  ``to.''  are  treated  specially;  see
       innd(8).   The second field is the highest article number that has been used in that news-
       group.  The third field is the lowest article number in the  group;  this  number  is  not
       guaranteed  to  be  accurate, and should only be taken to be a hint.  Note that because of
       article cancellations, there may be gaps in the numbering sequence.  If the lowest article
       number is greater then the highest article number, then there are no articles in the news-
       group.  In order to make it possible to update an entry	in-place  without  rewriting  the
       entire  file, the second and third fields are padded out with leading zeros to make them a
       fixed width.

       The fourth field can contain one of the following flags:

	      y        Local postings are allowed
	      n        No local postings are allowed, only remote ones
	      m        The group is moderated and all postings must be approved
	      j        Articles in this group are not kept, but only passed on
	      x        Articles cannot be posted to this newsgroup
	      =foo.bar Articles are locally filed into the ``foo.bar'' group

       If a newsgroup has the ``j'' flag, then no articles will be filed into that newsgroup  and
       local  postings to that group should not be generated.  If an article for such a newsgroup
       is received from a remote site, it will be filed into the ``junk'' newsgroup if it is  not
       cross-posted.   This  is  different from not having a newsgroup listed in the file because
       sites can subscribe to ``j'' newsgroups and the article will be propagated to them.

       If the fourth field of a newsgroup starts with an equal sign, then  the	newsgroup  is  an
       alias.	Articles  can  not  be posted to the group, but can be received to that group and
       treated as if they were received to the group named after the equal sign.  The second  and
       third  fields  are  ignored.  Note that the Newsgroup header is not modified (Alias groups
       are typically used during a transition, and are typically created  with	ctlinnd(8)).   An
       alias newsgroup should not point to another alias.

       The  file  <pathdb in inn.conf>/active.times provides a chronological record of when news-
       groups are created.  This file is normally updated by innd(8) whenever  a  ctlinnd  ``new-
       group'' command is done.  Each line consist of three fields:

	      name time creator

       The  first  field  is the name of the newsgroup.  The second field is the time it was cre-
       ated, expressed as the number of seconds since the epoch -- i.e., a time_t; see gettimeof-
       day(2).	 The  third  field  is	the electronic mail address of the person who created the

       Written by Rich $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> for InterNetNews.   This  is  revision,
       dated 2000/08/24.

       ctlinnd(8), inn.conf(5), innd(8).

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