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       expireover - Expire entries from the news overview database


       expireover  [  -a  ]  [  -D  overviewdir  ]  [  -f  file  ] [ -n ] [ -O
       overview.fmt ] [ -s ] [ -v ] [ -z ] [ file...  ]


       Expireover expires entries from the news overview database.  It reads a
       list  of  pathnames (relative to the spool directory, /var/spool/news),
       from the specified files or standard input if none are  specified.   (A
       file name of ``-'' may be used to specify the standard input.)  It then
       removes any mention of those articles  from  the  appropriate  overview


       -z     If  the  ``-z''  flag  is  used, then the input is assumed to be
              sorted such that all entries for a newsgroup appear together  so
              that  it  can  be  purged at once.  This flag can be useful when
              used with the sorted output of expire(8)'s ``-z'' flag.

       -s     If the ``-s'' flag is used, then expireover will read the  spool
              directory  for  all  groups mentioned in the active(5) file, and
              remove the overview entries of any articles that do  not  appear
              in the directory.

       -f     To  specify  an  alternate  file, use the ``-f'' flag; a name of
              ``-'' is taken to mean the standard input.

       -a     The ``-a'' flag reads the spool directory and adds  any  missing
              overview  entries.  It will create files if necessary.  This can
              be used to initialize a database,  or  to  sync  up  a  overview
              database  that may be lacking articles due to a crash.  Overchan
              should be running, to ensure  that  any  incoming  articles  get
              included.   Using  this flag implies the ``-s'' flag; the ``-f''
              flag may be used to add only a subset of the newsgroups.

       -v     To see a list of the entries that would be added or deleted, use
              the ``-v'' flag.

       -n     To perform no real updates, use the ``-n'' flag.

       -D     The  ``-D''  flag can be used to specify where the databases are
              stored.  The default directory is /var/spool/news/over.view.

       -O     The ``-O'' flag may be used to specify an alternate location for
              the  overview.fmt(5)  file;  this  is  normally  only useful for


       Written  by  Rob  Robertson  <>  and  Rich  $alz
       <> (with help from Dave Lawrence <>)
       for InterNetNews.  This is revision 1.8, dated 1996/10/29.


       expire(8), overview.fmt(5).