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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for news.daily (redhat section 8)

NEWS.DAILY(8)			     System Manager's Manual			    NEWS.DAILY(8)

       news.daily - do regular Usenet system administration

       news.daily [ keyword...	]

       News.daily  performs a number of important Usenet administrative functions.  This includes
       producing a status report, removing old news articles, processing log files, rotating  the
       archived  log  files,  renumbering the active file, removing any old socket files found in
       the <pathrun in inn.conf> directory, and collecting the output.	This  program  should  be
       run under the news administrator's id, not as root.

       By  default,  news.daily  performs  all	of its functions and mails the output to the news
       administrator,	<USER specified with --with-news-master at configure>.	  By   specifying
       ``keywords''  on  the  command  line, it is possible to modify the functions performed, as
       well as change the arguments given to expire(8) and expireover(8).

       News.daily should be run once a day, typically out of cron(8).  It may be run more  often,
       but such invocations should at least use the ``norotate'' keyword to prevent the log files
       from being processed and rotated too fast.

       The shlock(1) program is used to prevent simultaneous executions.

       The following keywords may be used:

	      This uses the ``-z'' flag when invoking expire and expireover.  The names of  arti-
	      cles  to be removed are written to a temporary file, and then renamed after expira-
	      tion by  calling	expirerm(8).   If  the	``delayrm''  keyword  is  specified,  the
	      ``expireover'' keyword is specified implicitly.

	      Specify the file to use as the expire.ctl(5) file for expire.

	      By  default,  expire builds the new history(5) file and database in the same direc-
	      tory as the current files.  Using this keyword specifies a different local to build
	      the  new	files (by passing the ``-d'' flag to expire), which will then be moved to
	      the right location when finished.

       nostat This keyword disables the status report  generated  by  innstat  (see  newslog(8)).
	      Without this keyword, the status report is the first function performed, just prior
	      to obtaining the news.daily lock.

	      By default news.daily expects to be run only once a day, and it does various things
	      (like  rotating  logs)  that  normally should only be done on daily basis. Use this
	      keyword any extra times news.daily is run in the day and the  normal  logfile  pro-
	      cessing (and rotation) will not be done.

	      By default, expire is invoked to remove old news articles.  Using this keyword dis-
	      ables this function.

	      By  default,  expireover	is  invoked  to  remove   old	overview   database,   if
	      enableoverview is set in inn.conf(5).  Using this keyword disables this function.

	      Expire  normally	appends  information  to  <pathlog  in	inn.conf>/expire.log (see
	      newslog(5)).  Using this keyword causes the expire output to be handled as part  of
	      news.daily's output.  It has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.

       flags='expire args'
	      By  default, expire is invoked with the an argument of ``-v1''.  Using this keyword
	      changes the arguments to those specified.  Be careful to	use  quotes  if  multiple
	      arguments  are  needed.	This keyword has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is

       nologs After expiration, scanlogs(8) is invoked to process the log files.  Using this key-
	      word disables all log processing functions.

	      By  default,  log  processing  includes rotating and cleaning out log files.  Using
	      this keyword disables the rotating and cleaning aspect of the log  processing:  the
	      logs files are only scanned for information and no contents are altered.

	      This  keyword  has  no  effect if the ``nologs'' keyword is used.  The ``norotate''
	      keyword is passed on to scanlogs if it is invoked.

	      This keyword disables the ctlinnd(8) renumber operation.	Normally,  the	low-water
	      mark for all newsgroups (see active(5)) is reset.

       norm   By  default, any socket ctlinnd socket that has not been modified for two days will
	      be removed.  Using this keyword disables this function.

       nomail News.daily normally sends a mail message containing the results to the  administra-
	      tor.   Using  this  keyword  causes  this  message  to be sent to stdout and stderr
	      instead.	Normally, all utilities invoked by  the  script  have  their  stdout  and
	      stderr redirected into a file.  If the file is empty, no message is sent.

	      The  expireover program is called after expiration to purge the overview databases.
	      If no overview data is created, the ``expireover'' keyword is not needed.  This  is
	      the case that the server runs only for feeder(no reader).

       expireoverflags='expireover args'
	      If  the  ``expireover''  keyword	is  used, this keyword may be used to specify the
	      flags to be passed to expireover.  If the ``delayrm'' keyword  is  used,	then  the
	      default value is ``-z'' and the list of deleted files; otherwise, the default value
	      is ``-s''.

	      The program specified by the given path is executed just before any  expiration  is
	      done.   A  typical  use  is  to specify an alternate expiration program and use the
	      ``noexpire'' keyword.  Multiple programs may be specified; they will be invoked  in

       postexec='post executed program'
	      The  program  specified  by the given path is executed just after all expiration is
	      done.  Multiple programs may be specified; they will be invoked in order.

	      If the ``lowmark'' keyword is used, ctlinnd(8)  lowmark  is  used  for  renumbering
	      active(5).   Normal ctlinnd(8) renumber operation will take long time.  With ``low-
	      mark'' keyword this will take less time.	 If  the  ``lowmark''  keyword	is  used,
	      ``norenumber'' keyword is not needed, since news.daily specifies it implicitly.

	      Sets  the  environment variable TMPDIR to the specified path.  Various parts of the
	      expire process, such as sort, will then use this path as the directory  for  tempo-
	      rary files.

       News.daily  and	this  manual  page written by Landon Curt Noll <chongo@toad.com> and Rich
       $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net>.  This is revision, dated 2000/10/12.

       active(5),  ctlinnd(8),	expire(8),  fastrm(8),	 inn.conf(5),	newslog(5),   newslog(8),
       innwatch.ctl(5), shlock(1).


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