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
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews. This is revision 184.108.40.206,
ctlinnd(8), inn.conf(5), innd(8).