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       report - report news problems and status


       ...  | /usr/lib/news/report [ -u ] subject


       Report  is  used  to report the problems and status of the news system,
       normally by mail.  The subject is a single argument (normally  enclosed
       in  quotes)  summarizing  what  the  message is about; the message text
       itself is supplied to report on standard input.  If the message text is
       empty, report does not send anything.

       The  -u  option  indicates that the message is urgent, which may affect
       how it is mailed or to whom.

       Report consults a control file, /var/lib/news/report.ctl, to  determine
       the  destination(s) of mail.  The control file is syntactically a shell
       file,  which  should  assign  to  the  shell  variables  urgentto   and
       nonurgentto.   The  values  should be one or more mailing addresses, in
       whatever form the local mailer wants, separated by commas (and possibly
       white  space  as  well).   They  should not contain material other than
       addresses, e.g. RFC822 comments containing full names etc.

       Report is supplied as a central handling facility  for  error  messages
       and  status  reports  for  C News, so that changes and customization in
       this often-system-specific area can be done in a single program.






       Written by Henry Spencer for the C News project.


       There is too much stupid and unnecessary diversity  among  mailer  user
       interfaces  for  a  single  implementation  of  report  to  be entirely
       satisfactory.  In particular, the incantation to send a  message  which
       is  already  equipped  with  some of its RFC822 headers is very system-

       The don’t-send-empty-messages business is  perhaps  inelegant,  but  it
       turns out to be very convenient.

                                  22 Aug 1994                      REPORT(8cn)