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archive - Usenet article archiver
archive [ -a archive ] [ -f ] [ -i index ] [ -m ] [ -r ] [ input ]
Archive makes copies of files specified on its standard input. It is
normally run either as a channel feed under innd(8), or by a script
before expire(8) is run.
Archive reads the named input file, or standard input if no file is
given. The input is taken as a set of lines. Blank lines and lines
starting with a number sign (‘‘#’’) are ignored. All other lines
should specify the name of a file to archive. If a filename is not an
absolute pathname, it is taken to be relative to /var/spool/news.
Files are copied to a directory within the archive directory,
/var/spool/news/news.archive. The default is to create a hierarchy
that mimics the input files; intermediate directories will be created
as needed. For example, the input file comp/sources/unix/2211 (article
2211 in the newsgroup comp.sources.unix) will be copied to
If the ‘‘-a’’ flag is used then its argument specifies the
directory to archive in instead of the default.
-f If the ‘‘-f’’ flag is used, then all directory names will be
flattened out, replacing the slashes with periods. In this
case, the file would be copied to
-i If the ‘‘-i’’ flag is used, then archive will append one line to
the specified index file for each article that it copies. This
line will contain the destination name and the Message-ID and
-m Files are copied by making a link. If that fails a new file is
created. If the ‘‘-m’’ flag is used, then the file will be
copied to the destination, and the input file will be replaced
with a symbolic link pointing to the new file.
-r By default, archive sets its standard error to
/var/log/news/errlog. To suppress this redirection, use the
If the input is exhausted, archive will exit with a zero status. If an
I/O error occures, it will try to spool its input, copying it to a
file. If there was no input filename, the standard input will be
copied to /var/spool/news/out.going/archive and the program will exit.
If an input filename was given, a temporary file named input.bch (if
input is an absolute pathname) or /var/spool/news/out.going/input.bch
(if the filename does not begin with a slash) is created. Once the
input is copied, archive will try to rename this temporary file to be
the name of the input file, and then exit.
A typical newsfeeds(5) entry to archive most source newsgroups is as
:/usr/lib/news/bin/archive -f -i \
Written by Rich $alz <email@example.com> for InterNetNews. This is
revision 1.14, dated 1996/10/29.