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 downstream-server ] [ remote-server ... ]


       pullnews  is  run  as a regular user process. It reads a config file in
       the users home directory (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 feeds.

       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.connect.net/gbarr/


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

       -g groups
              The  ‘‘-g’’  flag  specifies a collection of groups to get.  The
              value must be a single 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 port
              The ‘‘-p’’ flag can be used to change connecting port  to  some-
              thing other than 119.

       -q     The ‘‘-q’’ flag can be used to make things run more quietly.

       -r file
              The  ‘‘-r’’  flag  tells  pullnews to create an rnews-compatible
              file, instead of feeding articles.

       -s downstream-server
              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 come 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 server.

       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 ear-
       lier  run by pullnews, whereas the two comp.* groups were just inserted
       by the user and have not yet been checked.


       pullnews was written by James Brister for INN.  This is  revision  1.4,
       dated 2002/12/03.


       pullnews  is  very simple and is lacking in more sophisticated features
       (like killing articles based on user-defined  conditions)  that  better
       pull  feeders  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 redefined 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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