News control files live in
/var/lib/news. The major control files are the
(controlling distribution of news,
(controlling local filing,
A number of minor files are also present.
Mailname contains the Internet domain name of this news system.
If your news system doesnt have an Internet domain name
fredshouse.sf.ca.us), you might consider obtaining one.
if your news system is registered in the UUCP maps,
you can use
name.uucp where name is your systems UUCP name.
If your site is not registered in the UUCP maps
but you have UUCP connections to other sites,
please get registered!
not acceptable to give
DUMBHOST.BITNET as a
mailname; Bitnet sites should obtain and use Internet domain names
or be hidden behind gateways.
As a kludge to accommodate
unregistered sites who are one hop off registered ones,
mailnames contents may be of the form a@b,
indicating that mail addresses of the form user%a@b are correct.
Mailpaths describes how to reach
the moderators of various hierarchies
of news groups
(to submit postings to moderated groups).
Each line consists of two fields:
a news group pattern
and mail address,
preferably in UUCP bang notation
to avoid ambiguity.
The first line whose group pattern matches the newsgroup is used.
An entry for
near the end is a good idea,
to forward postings for any otherwise-unrecognised groups
to some known smart host
(be sure to get the smart-hosts permission first).
If the user name of the mail address is
%s, as is usual,
%s is replaced with the name of the moderated group,
except that all dots are replaced with dashes
(e.g. posting to
comp.compilers with a
mailpaths entry of
all smarthost would generate a mail address of
smarthost!comp-compilers). An unrelated feature of
mailpaths is that an entry for the group
internet will be used to route mail replies
(manual and automatic)
for sites whose mailers cannot deal directly with
organisation) contains the default value for the
Organization: header for postings originating locally.
Only the first line is significant.
postdefltgroup contain the default
distribution and group,
for local postings.
Server contains the
of the server in your cluster
(normally, the host that runs
relaynews). If such a file exists,
certain aspects of processing will be redirected from clients to the
Whoami contains the name of this news system,
for news purposes.
This is the site name used in
and so must agree with the name your news neighbours
use in their