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Manual Reference Pages  -  RC.NEWS (8)

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NAME

rc.news - Start or stop INN daemons

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

rc.news [start | stop]

DESCRIPTION

rc.news can be used to start or stop innd and supporting programs. It checks to make sure INN is not already running, handles cases of unclean shutdown, finishes up tasks which might have been interrupted by the preceding shutdown, e-mails certain boot-time warnings to newsmaster (as set in inn.conf), and is generally safer and easier than starting and stopping everything directly. It needs to be run as the news user so that files in pathrun are created with the right ownership (though this is less important for rc.news stop).

Programs run and stopped by this script include:
o Always: innd is started or stopped.
o If doinnwatch is true in inn.conf: innwatch is started and stopped.
o If docnfsstat is true in inn.conf: cnfsstat is started and stopped.
o If ovmethod is set to ovdb in inn.conf: ovdb_init is run; ovdb_server and ovdb_monitor are stopped.
o If rc.news.local exists in pathbin: rc.news.local is run with argument start or stop (to perform site-specific startup or shutdown tasks).
o When started, if INN appears to have previously been shut down during its expiry process, run expirerm if there are articles to unlink.
o When started, if overview data appears to have just been rebuilt and active needs to be renumbered, then actually renumber it.

OPTIONS

start If the first argument is start, or no first argument is given, rc.news initiates INN startup.
stop If the first argument is stop, rc.news initiates INN shutdown.

EXAMPLES

To start INN and leave certain error messages going to the terminal:



       su news -s /bin/sh -c <pathbin in inn.conf>/rc.news



To run INN at startup time from appropriate system boot scripts:



       su news -s /bin/sh -c <pathbin>/rc.news >> <pathlog>/rc.news 2>&1



To stop INN:



       su news -s /bin/sh -c <pathbin>/rc.news stop



BUGS

Running rc.news start as root is never the right thing to do, so we should at minimum check for this and error, or perhaps change effective user ID.

HISTORY

// FIXME: any attribution for rc.news itself?

This manual page written by Jeffrey M. Vinocur <jeff@litech.org> for InterNetNews.

$Id: rc.news.pod 9723 2014-09-24 17:54:24Z iulius $

SEE ALSO

ctlinnd(8), cnfsstat(8), expirerm(8), inn.conf(5), innwatch(8), ovdb(5).
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