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       brag - Grab multipart binaries from news server


       brag [-s server] [-P port] [-g group] [-l user] [-p pass] [-q] [-u] [-o dir] [-n num] [-c]
       [-C] [-X] [-a pattern [-a pattern] ...]  [-r pattern [-r pattern] ...] [-A file] [-R file]
       [-t n] [-b break] [-m max]


       brag -L [-s server] [-P port] [-l user] [-p pass]


       brag  downloads and assembles multipart binaries from an NNTP server.  Attachments encoded
       with uuencode, Base64 or yenc are supported.

       -L     Just print a list of groups available at the server

       -s server
              Set news server to server

       -P port
              Set TCP port to port

       -g group
              Set newsgroup to group

       -l user
              Set user name to user.  Setting this  option  turns  NNTP  authentication  on.  The
              password can be specified using the -p command line option, or using a passwod file
              (see later)

       -p pass
              Set password to pass.

       -q     Be silent: do not display progress information

       -u     Save subjects together with the assembled binaries. Subject  files  have  the  same
              name as the binary, with .sub extension added

       -k     Keep  original  file  names  when  possible,  only rename when necessary to avoid a
              collission with existing files

       -o dir Set output directory to dir

       -n num Start with message number num

       -c     Combine parts, even if they are from different newsgroups. Also, an article will be
              downloaded only once, even if it was crossposted to more than one newsgroups

       -C     Combine parts, even if they are from different news servers

       -X     Process single-part messages, too

       -a pattern
              Add  pattern  to  the  list  of  accept patterns. See next section on accept/reject

       -r pattern
              Add pattern to the list of reject patterns

       -A file
              Read accept patterns from this file

       -R file
              Read reject patterns from this file

       -t n   Use n number of parallel connections to the server. Default: 2. Set to 4 or more if
              you have a high speed network connection

       -b break
              Specify "break factor": the number of milliseconds to wait between retrieving lines
              from the server. Useful to share a low-speed connection with other applications

       -m max Specify the maximum number of messages to download


       The subjects of the messages to be downloaded are  matched  against  the  list  of  accept
       and/or reject patterns if specified on the command line or in the accept/reject files (see
       later). Only articles matching at least one of  the  accept  patterns  will  be  accepted.
       Similarly, articles matching one of the reject patterns will be rejected.

       Match  operations  are  performed  as  in  csh(1).   For example, to accept all files with
       extension mp5 , specify

            -a ยด*.mp5*'

       on the command line. Note the quotes (we do not want the shell to process the pattern) and
       the second "*" (we are matching against subject lines, not file names).


       Grabbed  files  are  collected  in  ~/.brag/<server>/<group>/finished  (if  not  specified
       otherwise using the -o command line option). If  combining  parts  from  multiple  servers
       ("-C" option), the results are collected in ~/.brag/all-servers/<group>/finished.

       Work   files   are   kept   in   ~/.brag/<server>/<group>/unfinished  or  in  ~/.brag/all-
       servers/<group>/unfinished if the "-C" option is used.  It  is  recommended  to  regularly
       purge these directories by removing old files and subdirectories. What "old" means depends
       on the newsgroup's traffic; one week can be a good approximation.

       Passwords can be specified on the command line, or for extra security, in password  files.
       Each  server can have its own password file, named ~/.brag/<server>/passwd.  The format of
       these files is:




       Passwords are not encoded. Take care of the file ownership and permissions.

       If a file called accept is present in ~/.brag/<server>/<group>, its lines are added to the
       list of accept patterns. Empty ones and comments starting with "#" are ignored. Similarly,
       the contents of the file named reject will be added to the list of reject patterns.


       0      Success

       1      Usage errors

       2      Network errors

       3      File system errors


       If not specified on the command line, the environment variable NNTPSERVER  identifies  the
       server, while NNTPGROUP the group to read the news from.


       brag is written in Tcl; you need tclsh(1) version 8.0 or later. For the actual decoding of
       dowloaded parts uudeview(1) ( is used.


       Akos Polster ( and many others - see  README  for  the  complete  list  of