Provided by: cnews_cr.g7-39_i386 bug


       initov, domkov, mkov, expov - maintain netnews overview database


       /usr/lib/news/nov/mkov [ -an ] [ -o stamp ] [ file ... ]


       These programs keep the netnews overview database for newsreaders up to

       Initov creates the database initially by reading all the articles under
       /var/spool/news.   This takes a long time (on the order of 12 hours, in
       late 1992), and can be avoided by letting domkov incrementally generate
       a  database  for  new articles as they arrive; after a week or so, most
       articles should be in the database.  The  news  system  should  not  be
       locked  when  initov is run; initov takes care of the necessary locking
       internally, and deals with articles that arrive  while  it  is  running
       (primarily by deferring their processing to domkov).

       Domkov  is  run  from newsrun(8CN).  It updates the database files from
       the header stream produced by relaynews(8CN) for new articles.

       Mkov normally reads a stream of RFC 1036 headers, with  those  of  each
       article  separated  from those of its neighbours by an empty line, from
       files (standard input if none) and writes a summary in  the  format  of
       newsoverview(5),  but  with a field containing the article’s news spool
       directory name  relative  to  /usr/spool/news  prepended,  on  standard
       output.   -a  reads  articles  instead  of a header stream (but ignores
       filess which are directories  or  have  names  which  do  not  resemble
       article  names,  i.e.  do  not  have  a  leading  digit  on  their last
       component).  and omits the initial directory name  field;  -n  requests
       the  initial  directory  name despite -a; -o causes only articles older
       than the file stamp to be summarised.

       Expov should be run after expire(8CN) (and  is,  by  doexpire(8CN))  to
       delete database entries for missing articles.


                           overview database
                           lock file for the database
                           stream of headers from newly-arrived articles
                           active newsgroups


       newsoverview(5), expire(8CN), relaynews(8CN)


       Written  by Geoff Collyer, with minor contributions from Henry Spencer,
       as part of the C News project.


       mkov -o is a blemish, but it really speeds up initov.

                                  15 Aug 1994                NEWSOVERVIEW(8cn)