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subscriptions - Default recommended subscriptions
The pathetc/subscriptions file contains a list of newsgroups that is returned by the NNTP
command LIST SUBSCRIPTIONS.
Clients that support this command and send it the first time they connect to a new news
server use the returned list to initialize the list of subscribed newsgroups. The sub-
scriptions file therefore should contain groups intented for new users, for testing, or
that contain FAQs and other useful information for first-time Usenet users.
The syntax of the subscriptions file is trivial; it is a simple list of newsgroup names,
one per line. The order of newsgroups may be significant; the news reading client may
present the groups in that order to the user.
A typical subscriptions file may look like:
This gives the client the FAQs and question newsgroup for new users first, then a local
newsgroup for testing and various commonly-read local discussion groups, followed by the
world-wide test groups, all the FAQs, and announcements of new world-wide newsgroups. If
there is a local new users group, one might want to list it first.
Written by Bettina Fink <email@example.com> for InterNetNews.
3rd Berkeley Distribution INN 2.3.2 subscriptions(5)
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