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PULLNEWS(8)									      PULLNEWS(8)

       pullnews - a perl script for pulling news from one news machine and feeding it to another.

       pullnews  [  -c	config	]  [ -g groups ] [ -h ] [ -p port ] [ -q ] [ -r file ] [ -s down-
       stream-server ] [ remote-server ... ]

       pullnews is run as a regular user process. It reads a config file in the users home direc-
       tory  (normally called .pullnews) and connects to the upstream servers defined in there as
       a reader client. You may specifiy hostnames on the command line to limit the set of remote
       hosts it connects to, but each host must be listed in the .pullnews file.

       For  each  server  it  connects to it pulls over articles and feeds them to the downstream
       (local) server via the IHAVE (feeder) NNTP command. This means the  computer  pullnews  is
       run on must have feeding access to the downstream news host.

       pullnews  is  designed  for  very  small  sites and is not meant for reverse-feeding large

       You must have Graham Barr's Net::NNTP perl module installed on your system. This  is  part
       of  the	libnet	bundle	and  can  be  found on CPAN or from Graham's site http://www.con-

       -c     Normally the config file is stored in $HOME/.pullnews  for  the  user  running  the
	      pullnews program. The ``-c'' flag lets you change that.

       -g     The  ``-g'' flag specifies a collection of groups to get.  The value must be a sin-
	      gle argument with commas between group names.  Each group must be  defined  in  the
	      config file.  Only the remote hosts that carry those groups will be contacted.

       -h     The ``-h'' flag just prints usage.

       -p     The ``-p'' flag can be used to change connecting port other than 119.

       -q     The ``-q'' flag can be used to make things run more quietly.

       -r     The ``-r'' flag tells pullnews to create an rnews-compatible file, instead of feed-
	      ing article.

       -s     Normally pullnews will feed the articles it retrieves to the news server running on
	      ``localhost''. The ``-s'' flag lets you change that.

       The config file for pullnews is a series of sets of lines describing the upstream hosts to
       connect to and the newsgroups to get articles from. A host line has no leading white space
       and  just  has  the  name of the host to connect to. Group lines com after a host line and
       have leading white space followed by the group name.

       pullnews will update the config file to include the time the group was  last  checked  and
       the  highest  numbered  article	successfully  retrieved  and transfered to the downstream

       A sample configuration file might look like:
	      # Format group date high
		      rec.bicycles.racing 908086612 783
		      rec.humor.funny 908086613 18

       The group entries for the two rec.* groups have been updated by an earlier  run	by  pull-

       pullnews  was  written  by  James  Brister  for	INN.   This  is  revision, dated

       pullnews is very simple and is lacking in more sophisticated features (like killing  arti-
       cles  based  on	user-defined  conditions) that better pull feeder most certainly have. It
       also doesn't keep or log much detail on articles transferred.

       Due to a limitation in the Net::NNTP perl module, one of the functions in there	is  rede-
       fined inside the pullnews source. A future release of the libnet packages will fix that.

       ctlinnd(8), inn.conf(5), innd(8), newsfeeds(5), shlock(1).

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