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       distrib.pats - default values for Usenet Distribution header

       The  file <pathetc in inn.conf>/distrib.pats is used to determine the default value of the
       Distribution header.  It consists of a series of lines; blank lines  and  lines	beginning
       with a number sign (``#'') are ignored.	All other lines consist of three fields separated
       by a colon:

       The first field is the weight to assign to this match.  If a  newsgroup	matches  multiple
       lines,  the  line  with	the  highest  weight is used.  This should be an arbitrary number
       greater than zero.  Unlike other INN files, the order of lines in this file is not  impor-

       The  second  field is the name of the newsgroup or a wildmat(3)-style pattern to specify a
       set of newsgroups.  Multiple patterns are not allowed.

       The third field is the value that should be used if this line is picked as the best match.
       It can be an empty string.

       Programs  such  as  inews(1) that process a user's posting should consult this file, typi-
       cally by using the DDxxx routines, documented in libinn(3).  The intent is that all  news-
       groups  to  which an article is posted be used to index into this file, and the value with
       the highest weight should be used as the value of the Distribution  header,  if	none  was

       Written	by  Rich $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> for InterNetNews.  This is revision 1.6, dated

       inews(1), inn.conf(5), libinn(3).

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