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       NGLister - Tool to download newsgroup information from news servers


       nglister [ -u username ] [ -p password ] [ -P port ] hostname filename

       nglister -h | --help


       NGLister is a tool to download information about groups and other information available on
       an NNTP (Usenet news) server.  It is designed to be fast  and  simple;  just  specify  the
       server and the information you want, and NGLister will send it to standard output.

       You can write the information to a file by appending:

       > filename

       to the end of your command-line.


       To    install    NGLister,    you    will    need    a    current    version   of   Python
       <URL:>.  NGLister requires only one other piece of software:  Optik.
       You can find it at

       To install, run this command as root: python install


       -u username
              Specifies  the user name to use for logging into the server.  Use this only if your
              server requires authentication.

       -p password
              Specifies the password to use for logging into the server.  Use this only  if  your
              server requires a password.

       -P port
              Specifies  the  numeric  port  to use when connecting.  Most servers listen on port
              119, the default NNTP port, so that value is used by the default.  This option will
              only be needed rarely.

              Specifies the name of the NNTP server.

              Specifies  the  name  of  the  data  to retrieve from the remote NNTP server.  Most
              people will use active or newsgroups here.  The set of files supported varies  from
              one  server to the next.  Please note that this parameter does not denote an output
              filename or even a real filename; just the type of information you  want  from  the
              server.   Here is a list of commonly-supported information types.  Additional items
              are specified in RFC2980 <URL:>  with  the  LIST

              · active lists all newsgroups and describes their numbering.

              · newsgroups lists the newsgroup descriptions.  Note that most servers do not carry
                descriptions for all groups, and the groups that lack a description will  not  be
                listed here at all.

              · active.times describes how recently each newsgroup has seen activity.

              · motd  shows  the server's "Message Of The Day" -- that is, current news about the


       --help Displays brief usage help.


       · Network News Transport Protocol as specified in RFC 977

       · Common NNTP Extensions as specified in RFC 2980

       · Standard Python 2.2.1 as implemented on POSIX-compliant systems.


       NGLister and this manual, are Copyright (C) 2003 John Goerzen.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the  GNU  General  Public  License  as  published  by the Free Software Foundation; either
       version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY  WARRANTY;
       without  even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
       See the GNU General Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program;
       if  not,  write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston,
       MA  02111-1307 USA


       NGLister its libraries, documentation, and all included files, was written by John Goerzen
       <> and copyright is held as stated in the COPYRIGHT section.

       NGLister  may  be downloaded from the Subversion repository <URL:>
       or            from             the             Debian             package             page


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