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       newsctl - USENET network news control files


       News  control files live in /var/lib/news.  The major control files are
       the sys file (controlling distribution of news, see newssys(5)) and the
       active  file  (controlling  local  filing, see newsdb(5)).  A number of
       minor files are also present.

       Mailname contains the Internet domain name of  this  news  system.   If
       your   news   system   doesn’t  have  an  Internet  domain  name  (e.g.  or,   you   might   consider
       obtaining  one.  Failing that, if your news system is registered in the
       UUCP maps, you can use name.uucp where name is your system’s UUCP name.
       If  your  site  is  not  registered  in the UUCP maps but you have UUCP
       connections to other sites, please get  registered!   It  is,  strictly
       speaking,  not acceptable to give DUMBHOST.BITNET as a mailname; Bitnet
       sites should obtain and use Internet domain names or be  hidden  behind
       gateways.   As  a  kludge to accommodate unregistered sites who are one
       hop off registered  ones,  mailname’s  contents  may  be  of  the  form
       ‘‘a@b’’,  indicating  that  mail addresses of the form ‘‘user%a@b’’ are

       Mailpaths describes how to reach the moderators of various  hierarchies
       of  news groups by mail (to submit postings to moderated groups).  Each
       line consists of two fields: a news group pattern (see newssys(5))  and
       mail  address,  preferably  in UUCP bang notation (site1!site2!user) to
       avoid ambiguity.  The  first  line  whose  group  pattern  matches  the
       newsgroup  is used.  An entry for ‘all’ near the end is a good idea, to
       forward postings for any otherwise-unrecognised groups  to  some  known
       ‘smart  host’  (be  sure to get the smart-host’s permission first).  If
       the user name of the mail address is ‘%s’,  as  is  usual,  the  %s  is
       replaced with the name of the moderated group, except that all dots are
       replaced with dashes (e.g. posting to comp.compilers with  a  mailpaths
       entry of all smarthost would generate a mail address of smarthost!comp-
       compilers).  An unrelated feature of mailpaths is that an entry for the
       group  internet  will  be  used  to  route  mail  replies  (manual  and
       automatic) for sites whose mailers  cannot  deal  directly  with  From:

       Organization  (or  organisation)  contains  the  default  value for the
       Organization: header for postings originating locally.  Only the  first
       line is significant.

       Postdefltdist  and  postdefltgroup contain the default distribution and
       group, respectively, for local postings.

       Server contains the hostname (see hostname(1)) of the  server  in  your
       cluster  (normally,  the  host  that  runs  relaynews).  If such a file
       exists, certain aspects of processing will be redirected  from  clients
       to the server using rsh(1).

       Whoami  contains the name of this news system, for news purposes.  This
       is the site name used in Path: headers and so must agree with the  name
       your news neighbours use in their sys files.


       A mailname.


       A mailpaths for a UUNET customer.

            all  uunet!%s
            internet  uunet!%s

       A whoami.


       A server.





       inews(1CN), postnews(1CN), newssys(5)


       Written by Geoff Collyer for the C News project.

                                 15 Sept 1994                     NEWSCTL(5cn)