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Manual Reference Pages  -  DATABASES (5)

NAME

databases - the known set of GNATS databases

CONTENTS

Description
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DESCRIPTION

The databases configuration file is a site-wide configuration file containing the list of GNATS databases that are available either on the host itself or remotely over the network, together with some parameters associated with each database. It is located in the directory /usr/local/share/gnats.

The file contains one line for each database. For databases located on the host itself, each line consists of three fields separated by colons:

database name:short description:/path/to/database

The first field is the database name. This is the name used to identify the database when invoking programs such as query-pr or send-pr, either by using the --database option of the program or by setting the GNATSDB environment variable to the name of the database. The second field is a short human-readable description of the database contents, and the final field is the directory where the database contents are kept.

For a database that is located across a network, but which should be accessible from this host, the entry for the database should look like this:

database name:short description of database::hostname:port

The first two fields are the same as for local databases, the third field is empty (notice the two adjacent ‘:’ symbols, indicating an empty field), the fourth field is the hostname of the remote GNATS server, and the fifth field is the port number that the remote GNATS server is running on.

Note that if you add a new local database, you must create its data directory, including appropriate subdirectories and administrative files after adding an entry to databases. This is best done using the mkdb tool.

Lines beginning with a # are ignored.

The database name default is special; this is the entry used if no database name is specified via a --database option or the GNATSDB environment variable.

SEE ALSO

Keeping Track: Managing Messages With GNATS (also installed as the GNU Info file gnats.info)

databases(5), dbconfig(5), delete-pr(8), edit-pr(1) file-pr(8), gen-index(8), gnats(7), gnatsd(8), mkcat(8), mkdb(8), pr-edit(8), query-pr(1), queue-pr(8), send-pr(1).

COPYING

Copyright (c) 1993, 2000, 2003, Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that the entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a permission notice identical to this one.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into another language, under the above conditions for modified versions, except that this permission notice may be included in translations approved by the Free Software Foundation instead of in the original English.

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