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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?
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...