This is the location of the active file. See description of file below.
If this option is not provided, the default of "active" is used.
Lmove uses the active file to determine what number to start at when
creating the file name for the articles in each group. If an external
program or person either puts articles into the directories, or changes
the numbers in the active file, the possibility exists to accidently
overwrite already existing articles. In order to avoid this, lmove
checks to see if an article already exists before moving a new article
into the directory tree. If it already exists, then lmove aborts with
a warning message at that point.
This option overrides the default action. If this option is given when
lmove runs, then lmove will keep increasing the article number until
it finds one not being used.
This is the location of the configuration file. See description of file below.
If this option is not provided, the default of "lmove-config" is used.
This option is required. This is the directory that contains the articles
for lmove to put into the directory structure. It should be on the same
filesystem as the BASE directory (see ACTIVE FILE below), since some ..IXs
move command can not move files across file systems.
This option tells lmove to log various debugging messages to debug.suck. This is
primarily used by the developer to trace various problems.
-e | -E filename
These options will send all error messages (normally displayed on stderr), to
an alternate file. The lower case version, -e, will send the error messages
to the compiled-in default defined in suck_config.h.
The upper case version, -E, requires the filename parameter. All error messages
will then be sent to this file.
This option tells lmove to load in an alternate phrase file, instead of using
the built-in messages. This allows you to have lmove print phrases in another
language, or to allow you to customize the messages without re-building lmove.
See the "FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHRASES" in suck.1 for more details.
This option tells suck to create symbolic links for articles that are cross
posted to multiple groups. The first group on the newsgroups line that
is in the active file gets the actual text of the article, any other groups
that are on the newsgroups line that also exist in the active file will get
symbolic links to the actual text. This is so that news readers can see
cross posted articles in all the groups that they were cross posted to.
NOTE: If an article is cross posted to a group that does not exist in the
active file, then a link will not be created.
This option is identical to the -s option, but instead of symbolic links,
hard links are created. See man 2 link and man 2 symlink to explain the
differences between hard and symbolic links.
Lmove will take articles in a single directory (such as those retrieved with
"suck" ), and put them into a directory tree based on newsgroups. Lmove uses
an "active" file to determine where to put the various articles, and to keep
track of the highest numbered articles in these directories. Lmove will scan
each article to find a matching group in the active file, then store the
article in that groups directory, increasing the highest number for that
group. Normally, once the first group of an article is matched in the active file,
lmove goes on to the next article, unless you use the -h or -s option above.
The active file consists of newsgroup names, the current highest article number,
the current lowest article number, and the current status of the group. Lmove
only uses the newsgroup name and highest article number. The other fields are
just rewritten, and not modified in any way. These are here for use by other
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The lines are a listing of the valid groups that lmove will
store articles in. The highest article number for a new group should be
either 0 or 1.
Upon completion, lmove will move the current active file to "active.old",
and write out a new active file with the new highest article numbers.
Any articles not moved into the directory structure are left in the original