|Linux & Unix Commands - Search Man Pages
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-
-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 126.96.36.199, 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).
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:16 AM.