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jr_bob_dobbs 06-19-2009 10:01 AM

slackware 12.1 news server
 
I was wondering if there was a local usenet news server for slackware 12.1 I'd run it locally (127.0.0.1) and have it pull from from my ISP's news server. Later on, while offline, I'd read from the local server using slrn or some such and post/queue replies. When next online, the queued replies would be then sent and new news would be read.

kpackage revealed nothing (searching for "news" or "usenet")

"apropos news" revealed some possibilities: innd and nn seemed most likely to actually be what I was thinking about. The man pages for innd & nn did not really reveal much information as to actually using either of the programs. Since those two programs have such short names, googling was of no help.

So, of the two, innd and nn, which is best?

And,then, the big question: can someone please link me to a step-by-step "this is how you get it working" tutorial for either or both of those two programs?

Thank you.

GazL 06-19-2009 10:27 AM

In the old days, 'Leafnode' was quite popular as a small scale/easy to setup local nntp server, but its been years since I took much interest in usenet. Might be worth taking a look at.

schotzy 06-19-2009 10:39 AM

nn is a news reader - essentially the same thing as slrn. So from what you're describing, you'd want innd since nn would just duplicate the functionality of slrn.

I can't help with innd as I never used it - Seemed overkill for my simple news-reading needs, which were about what you described.
What I did use for quite a while, on both Slackware and FreeBSD is leafnode+. It worked very nicely as a simple/small/light weight local nntp server that pulled it's articles ( and posted them ) from/to one or more upstream servers.

It was a while ago, and AFAIK there is no package specifically for Slackware and I don't know if leafnode+ is still developed ( it was a fork of the original leafnode IIRC ). But I did find this nice tutorial on leafnode2, for Slckware :
http://http://www.andrews-corner.org/leafnode.html
Looks like it would work perfectly for you...

Uncle_Theodore 06-19-2009 11:08 AM

innd is not easy to set up, but here's a nice tutorial (apart from horrible colors, of course :)) Seems helpful.
http://www.dreamwvr.com/innd.html

bgeddy 06-19-2009 11:16 AM

There is a Slackbuild for leafnode available here. Might give it a go myself !

bgeddy 06-19-2009 05:58 PM

Just to let you know - I downloaded and built leafnode. I used it to pull from my ISP's news server. It works great and is easy to setup.

andrew.46 06-20-2009 06:16 AM

Hi bgeddy,

Quote:

Originally Posted by bgeddy (Post 3579762)
There is a Slackbuild for leafnode available here. Might give it a go myself !

I guess you have worked out that the guide and the slackbuild script for Leafnode 2 are in fact written by the same person :-).

Andrew

bgeddy 06-20-2009 07:57 AM

Hi Andrew :
Quote:

I guess you have worked out that the guide and the slackbuild script for Leafnode 2 are in fact written by the same person :-).
Yes - I'd noticed that and may I say if you are the Andrew Strong responsible thanks a lot for the build and great guide - good job ! If not - thanks Mr. Strong wherever you are :)

I've "thumbs upped" you for it anyway ..


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