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news.daily - do regular Usenet system administration
news.daily [ keyword... ]
News.daily performs a number of important Usenet administrative
functions. This includes producing a status report, removing old news
articles, processing log files, rotating the archived log files,
renumbering the active file, removing any old socket files found in the
``firewall'' directory, and collecting the output. This program should
be run under the news administrator's id, not as root.
By default, news.daily performs all of its functions and mails the
output to the news administrator, usenet. By specifying ``keywords''
on the command line, it is possible to modify the functions performed,
as well as change the arguments given to expire(8) and expireover(8).
News.daily should be run once a day, typically out of cron(8). It may
be run more often, but such invocations should at least use the
``notdaily'' keyword to prevent the log files from being processed and
rotated too fast.
The shlock(1) program is used to prevent simultaneous executions.
The following keywords may be used:
This uses the ``-z'' flag when invoking expire and expireover.
The names of articles to be removed are written to a temporary
file, and then removed after expiration by calling expirerm(8).
Specify the file to use as the expire.ctl(5) file for expire.
By default, expire builds the new history(5) file and database
in the same directory as the current files. Using this keyword
specifies a different local to build the new files (by passing
the ''-d'' flag to expire), which will then be moved to the
right location when finished.
nostat This keyword disables the status report generated by innstat
(see newslog(8)). Without this keyword, the status report is
the first function performed, just prior to obtaining the
By default news.daily expects to be run only once a day. Use
this keyword any extra times news.daily is run in the day and
the normal logfile processing (and rotation) will not be done.
By default, expire is invoked to remove old news articles.
Using this keyword disables this function.
Expire normally appends information to /var/log/news/expire.log
(see newslog(5)). Using this keyword causes the expire output
to be handled as part of news.daily's output. It has no effect
if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
By default, expire is invoked with the an argument of ``-v1''.
Using this keyword changes the arguments to those specified. Be
careful to use quotes if multiple arguments are needed. This
keyword has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
nologs After expiration, scanlogs(8) is invoked to process the log
files. Using this keyword disables all log processing
By default, log processing includes rotating and cleaning out
log files. Using this keyword disables the rotating and
cleaning aspect of the log processing: the logs files are only
scanned for information and no contents are altered.
This keyword has no effect if the ``nologs'' keyword is used.
The ``norotate'' keyword is passed on to scanlogs if it is
This keyword disables the ctlinnd(8) renumber operation.
Normally, the low-water mark for all newsgroups (see active(5))
norm By default, any socket ctlinnd socket that has not been modified
for two days will be removed. Using this keyword disables this
nomail News.daily normally sends a mail message containing the results
to the administrator. Using this keyword causes this message to
be sent to stdout and stderr instead. Normally, all utilities
invoked by the script have their stdout and stderr redirected
into a file. If the file is empty, no message is sent.
The expireover program is called after expiration to purge the
If the ``expireover'' keyword is used, this keyword may be used
to specify the flags to be passed to expireover. If the
``delayrm'' keyword is used, then the default value is ``-z''
and the list of deleted files; otherwise, the default value is
The program specified by the given path is executed just before
any expiration is done. A typical use is to specify an
alternate expiration program and use the ``noexpire'' keyword.
Multiple programs may be specified; they will be invoked in
News.daily and this manual page written by Landon Curt Noll
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and Rich $alz <email@example.com>. This is revision
1.11, dated 1996/12/10.
active(5), ctlinnd(8), expire(8), fastrm(8), newslog(5), newslog(8),