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NAME

        active, active.times - list of active Usenet newsgroups
 

DESCRIPTION

        The  file /var/lib/news/active lists the newsgroups that the local site
        receives.  Each newsgroup should be listed only once.  Each line speci‐
        fies  one  group; their order in the file does not matter.  Within each
        newsgroup, articles are assigned unique names, which are  monotonically
        increasing numbers.
 
        If an article is posted to newsgroups not mentioned in this file, those
        newsgroups are ignored.  If no  valid  newsgroups  are  specified,  the
        article  is  filed  into  the newsgroup ‘‘junk’’ and only propagated to
        sites that receive the ‘‘junk’’ newsgroup.
 
        Each line consists of four fields specified by a space:
 
                       name himark lomark flags
 
        The first field is the name of the newsgroup.  The second field is  the
        highest article number that has been used in that newsgroup.  The third
        field is the lowest article number in the group;  this  number  is  not
        guaranteed to be accurate, and should only be taken to be a hint.  Note
        that because of article cancellations, there may be gaps in the number‐
        ing sequence.  If the lowest article number is greater then the highest
        article number, then there are no articles in the newsgroup.  In  order
        to  make  it possible to update an entry in-place without rewriting the
        entire file, the second and third fields are padded  out  with  leading
        zeros to make them a fixed width.
 
        The fourth field can contain one of the following flags:
 
               y        Local postings are allowed
               n        No local postings are allowed, only remote ones
               m        The group is moderated and all postings must be approved
               j        Articles in this group are not kept, but only passed on
               x        Articles cannot be posted to this newsgroup
               =foo.bar Articles are locally filed into the ‘‘foo.bar’’ group
 
        If  a newsgroup has the ‘‘j’’ flag, then no articles will be filed into
        that newsgroup and local postings to that group should  not  be  gener‐
        ated.   If  an  article  for such a newsgroup is received from a remote
        site, it will be filed into the ‘‘junk’’ newsgroup if it is not  cross-
        posted.   This  is  different from not having a newsgroup listed in the
        file because sites can subscribe to ‘‘j’’ newsgroups  and  the  article
        will be propagated to them.
 
        If  the fourth field of a newsgroup starts with an equal sign, then the
        newsgroup is an alias.  Articles can be posted to the group,  but  will
        be  treated  as  if they were posted to the group named after the equal
        sign.  The second and third fields are ignored.  Note  that  the  News‐
        group  header is not modified (Alias groups are typically used during a
ctlinnd(8)).  An alias news‐
        group should not point to another alias.
 
        The  file /var/lib/news/active.times provides a chronological record of
innd(8)
        whenever  a ctlinnd ‘‘newgroup’’ command is done.  Each line consist of
        three fields:
 
               name time creator
 
        The first field is the name of the newsgroup.  The second field is  the
        time it was created, expressed as the number of seconds since the epoch
gettimeofday(2).  The third field  is  the  elec‐
        tronic mail address of the person who created the group.
 

HISTORY

        Written  by  Rich  $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> for InterNetNews.  This is
        revision 1.13, dated 1996/10/29.
innd(8).
 
ACTIVE(5)
 

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