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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 <email@example.com> for InterNetNews. This is revision 1.6, dated
inews(1), inn.conf(5), libinn(3).
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