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inn - Complete open source Usenet system. De facto standard for handling news routing, news spool and serving the spool to customers.

This is INN version 1.x, provided for smaller sites which do not need the complexity of INN 2.x.
Large sites should use Debian's inn2 package instead.
The news transport is the part of the system that stores the articles and the lists of which groups are available and so on, and provides those articles on request to users. It receives news (either posted locally or from a newsfeed site), files it, and passes it on to any downstream sites. Each article is kept for a period of time and then deleted (this is known as `expiry').
By default Debian's INN will install in a fairly simple `local-only' configuration.
In order to make use of the services provided by INN you'll have to use a user-level newsreader program such as pan. The newsreader is the program that fetches articles from the server and shows them to the user, remembering which the user has seen so that they don't get shown again. It also provides the posting interface for the user.
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Manual pages

convdate(1)

convdate - Convert to/from RFC 5322 dates and seconds since epoch

fastrm(1)

fastrm - Quickly remove a list of files

getlist(1)

getlist - Get a list from an NNTP server

grephistory(1)

grephistory - Query the INN history database

inews(1)

inews - Post a Usenet article to the local news server

innconfval(1)

innconfval - Get configuration parameters from inn.conf

innmail(1)

innmail - Simple mail-sending program

installit(1)

installit - file/directory installation tool

nntpget(1)

nntpget - get Usenet articles from a remote NNTP server

pgpverify(1)

pgpverify - Cryptographically verify Usenet control messages

pullnews(1)

pullnews - Pull news from multiple news servers and feed it to another

rnews(1)

rnews - Inject individual articles and UUCP batches into INN

shlock(1)

shlock - Create lock files for use in shell scripts

shrinkfile(1)

shrinkfile - shrink a file on a line boundary

simpleftp(1)

simpleftp - Rudimentary FTP client

sm(1)

sm - Command-line interface to the INN storage manager

subst(1)

subst - substitute definitions into file(s)

clientlib(3)

clientlib - NNTP clientlib part of InterNetNews library

dbz(3)

dbzinit, dbzfresh, dbzagain, dbzclose, dbzexists, dbzfetch, dbzstore, dbzsync, dbzsize, dbzgetoptions, dbzsetoptions, dbzdebug - database routines

inndcomm(3)

inndcomm - INND communication part of InterNetNews library

libauth(3)

libauth - routines for writing nnrpd resolvers and authenticators

libinn(3)

libinn - InterNetNews library routines

libinnhist(3)

his - routines for managing INN history

libstorage(3)

libstorage - routines for managing INN storage

list(3)

list - list routines

list-inn(3)

list - list routines

parsedate(3)

parsedate - convert time and date string to number

qio(3)

qio - Quick I/O routines for reading files

tst(3)

tst - ternary search trie functions

uwildmat(3)

uwildmat, uwildmat_simple, uwildmat_poison - Perform wildmat matching

wildmat(3)

wildmat - perform shell-style wildcard matching

INN::Config(3pm)

INN::Config - Export all the variables an INN Perl script might need

INN::Utils::Shlock(3pm)

INN::Utils::Shlock - Wrapper around the shlock program

active(5)

active - List of newsgroups carried by the server

active.times(5)

active.times - List of local creation times of newsgroups

buffindexed.conf(5)

buffindexed.conf - Configuration for the buffindexed overview method

control.ctl(5)

control.ctl - Specify handling of Usenet control messages

cycbuff.conf(5)

cycbuff.conf - Configuration file for INN CNFS storage method

distrib.pats(5)

distrib.pats - Default values for the Distribution: header

distributions(5)

distributions - Recommended values for the Distribution: header

expire.ctl(5)

expire.ctl - Configuration file for article expiration

history(5)

history - record of current and recently expired Usenet articles

hosts.nntp(5)

hosts.nntp, hosts.nntp.nolimit - list of hosts that feed NNTP news

incoming.conf(5)

incoming.conf - Configuration of incoming news feeds

inn-radius.conf(5)

inn-radius.conf - Configuration for nnrpd RADIUS authenticator

inn.conf(5)

inn.conf - Configuration data for InterNetNews programs

innfeed.conf(5)

innfeed.conf - Configuration file for innfeed

innwatch.ctl(5)

innwatch.ctl - control Usenet supervision by innwatch

moderators(5)

moderators - Submission addresses for moderated groups

motd.news(5)

motd.news - Message of the day information for feeders or readers

newsfeeds(5)

newsfeeds - Determine where Usenet articles are sent

newsgroups(5)

newsgroups - List of newsgroups and their short descriptions

newslog(5)

newslog - Description of INN log files

nnrp.access(5)

nnrp.access - access file for on-campus NNTP sites

nnrpd.track(5)

nnrpd.track - file to specify hosts to be tracked by nnrpd.

nntpsend.ctl(5)

nntpsend.ctl - List of sites to feed via nntpsend

ovdb(5)

ovdb - Overview storage method for INN

overview.fmt(5)

overview.fmt - format of news overview database

passwd.nntp(5)

passwd.nntp - Passwords for connecting to remote NNTP servers

readers.conf(5)

readers.conf - Access control and configuration for nnrpd

storage.conf(5)

storage.conf - Configuration file for storage manager

subscriptions(5)

subscriptions - Default recommended subscriptions

actsync(8)

actsync, actsyncd - Synchronize newsgroups

archive(8)

archive - Usenet article archiver

auth_krb5(8)

auth_krb5 - nnrpd Kerberos v5 authenticator

batcher(8)

batcher - Article batching for InterNetNews

buffchan(8)

buffchan - Buffered file-writing backend for INN

ckpasswd(8)

ckpasswd - nnrpd password authenticator

cnfsheadconf(8)

cnfsheadconf - Read and write CNFS headers

cnfsstat(8)

cnfsstat - Show usage of CNFS buffers

controlchan(8)

controlchan - Channel-fed control message handler

crosspost(8)

crosspost - create the links for cross posted articles

ctlinnd(8)

ctlinnd - Control the main InterNetNews daemon

cvtbatch(8)

cvtbatch - Convert Usenet batch files to INN format

docheckgroups(8)

docheckgroups - Process checkgroups and output a list of changes

domain(8)

domain - nnrpd domain resolver

expire(8)

expire - Usenet article and history expiration program

expireover(8)

expireover - Expire entries from the news overview database

expirerm(8)

expirerm - Remove articles that have been expired

fastrm(8)

fastrm - quickly remove a set of files

filechan(8)

filechan - file-writing backend for InterNetNews

ident(8)

ident - nnrpd ident resolver

in.nnrpd(8)

nnrpd - NNTP server for on-campus hosts

innbind(8)

innbind - Helper program to bind sockets to privileged ports

inncheck(8)

inncheck - Check INN configuration and database files

innd(8)

innd - InterNetNews daemon

inndf(8)

inndf - Report free disk, inodes, and overview information

innfeed(8)

innfeed, imapfeed - Multi-host, multi-connection, streaming NNTP feeder

innlog.pl(8)

innlog.pl - summarize innd and nnrpd log files.

innreport(8)

innreport - summarize INN log files.

innstat(8)

innstat - print snapshot of INN system

innupgrade(8)

innupgrade - Upgrade INN configuration files

innwatch(8)

innwatch - Monitor the state of INN and the system

innxbatch(8)

innxbatch - send xbatched Usenet articles to a remote NNTP server

innxmit(8)

innxmit - Send Usenet articles to a remote NNTP server

mailpost(8)

mailpost - Feed an e-mail message into a newsgroup

makeactive(8)

makeactive - tool to recover Usenet active file.

makedbz(8)

makedbz - Rebuild dbz files

makehistory(8)

makehistory - Initialize or rebuild INN history database

mod-active(8)

mod-active - Batch processing of newsgroups creation and removal commands

news-recovery(8)

makeactive, makehistory, newsrequeue - tools to recover Usenet databases

news.daily(8)

news.daily - Perform daily Usenet maintenance tasks

news2mail(8)

news2mail - Channel script to gateway news into e-mails

newslog(8)

scanlogs, writelog, innstat, tally.unwanted, tally.control, innlog.pl - programs to manipulate or summarize INN log files.

newsrequeue(8)

newsrequeue - tool to rewrite batchfiles.

ninpaths(8)

ninpaths - Report Usenet Path: statistics (new inpaths)

nnrpd(8)

nnrpd - NNTP server for reader clients

nntpsend(8)

nntpsend - Send Usenet articles to remote sites

ovdb_init(8)

ovdb_init - Prepare ovdb database for use

ovdb_monitor(8)

ovdb_monitor - Database maintenance

ovdb_server(8)

ovdb_server - Overview helper server for nnrpd

ovdb_stat(8)

ovdb_stat - Display information from the ovdb database

overchan(8)

overchan - Batch update the INN overview database

perl-nocem(8)

perl-nocem - A NoCeM-on-spool implementation for INN 2.x

pgpverify(8)

pgpverify - cryptographically verify Usenet control messages

procbatch(8)

procbatch - Process an INN funnel file or innfeed-dropped file

prunehistory(8)

prunehistory - Remove tokens from Usenet history file

radius(8)

radius - nnrpd RADIUS password authenticator

rc.news(8)

rc.news - Start or stop INN daemons

scanlogs(8)

scanlogs - Summarize and rotate INN log files

scanspool(8)

scanspool - Perform a sanity scan over all articles in news spool

send-nntp(8)

send-nntp, send-ihave - send Usenet articles to remote site

send-uucp(8)

send-uucp - Send Usenet articles via UUCP

sendinpaths(8)

sendinpaths - Send Usenet Path: statistics via e-mail

tally.control(8)

tally.control - Keep track of newsgroup creations and deletions

tally.unwanted(8)

tally.unwanted - keep track of unwanted newsgroups.

tdx-util(8)

tdx-util - Tradindexed overview manipulation utility

tinyleaf(8)

tinyleaf - Very simple IHAVE-only NNTP server

writelog(8)

writelog - add a entry to an INN log file.

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Related packages

inn-debuginfo - Debug information for package inn
inn-debugsource - Debug sources for package inn
inn-devel - The INN (InterNetNews) library
inn-libs - Libraries provided by INN
inn-libs-debuginfo - Debug information for package inn-libs
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