Provided by: inn2_2.4.2-3ubuntu1_i386 bug

NAME - Start or stop INN daemons

SYNOPSIS [start │ stop]

DESCRIPTION can be used to start or stop innd and supporting programs.  It
       checks to make sure INN is not already running, handles cases of
       unclean shutdown, finishes up tasks which might have been interrupted
       by the preceeding shutdown, emails certain boot-time warnings to
       newsmaster (as set in inn.conf), and is generally safer and easier than
       starting and stopping everything directly.  It needs to be run as the
       news user so that files in pathrun are created with the right ownership
       (though this is less important for " stop"), and therefore
       requires that inndstart be setuid root, see inndstart(8) for

       Programs run and stopped by this script include:

       ·   Always:  inndstart is run, and innd is stopped.

       ·   If doinnwatch is true in inn.conf:  innwatch is started and

       ·   If docnfsstat is true in inn.conf:  ovdb_init is run; ovdb_server
           and ovdb_monitor are stopped.

       ·   If exists in pathbin: is run with
           argument "start" or "stop" (to perform site-specific startup or
           shutdown tasks).


           If the first argument is "start", or no first argument is given,
  initiates INN startup.

           If the first argument is "stop", initiates INN shutdown.
           It is recommended to throttle the server first as described in


       To start INN and leave certain error messages going to the terminal:

              su - news -c ~news/bin/

       To run INN at startup time from appropriate system boot scripts:

              su - news -c ~news/bin/ >/dev/console

       To stop INN (throttling first):

              ~news/bin/ctlinnd throttle reason
              su - news -c ’~news/bin/ stop’


       Running " start" as root is never the right thing to do, so we
       should at minimum check for this and error, or perhaps change effective
       user ID.


       // FIXME:  any attribution for itself?

       This manual page written by Jeffrey M. Vinocur <> for

       $Id:,v 1.1 2002/12/03 05:31:11 vinocur Exp $


       ctlinnd(8), cnfsstat(8), inn.conf(5), inndstart(8), innwatch(8),