Provided by: cnews_cr.g7-39_i386
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)