nntpwire This periodically attachs to, checks for and grabs new articles in groups on a remote NNTP server. The whole docuement is then left, normally, in spool/xsmtp for 'ipchkmail' to pull apart the Header etc. The parameter file, normally tables/wire/NNTP, is read for the the names of all the groups to scan for. ; comment logon: (logon on the remote server) default: none password: (password on the remote server) default: none group: (group name on the remote NNTP server) sendto:(newaddress) fiphdr:(FIP hdr sequence) where sendto allows you to specify another name for the DA field IPPOST will use this to route. By default the Fip Hdr field DA will hold the logon name. fiphdr allows you to add to the FIP hdr. This may be any - perhaps the DU field to change the destination. eg group:ap.online.newsbriefs group:ap.agate.sports.all There can be up to 1000 groups specified. Optional grab-every:(seconds) Connect, logon and check for news every X seconds. The default is 600 seconds (5 mins) while the minimum is 5 seconds. The '-t' input switch can also be used. list-groups: (Fip Destination) This will list the groups available when the program logs on the first time and once a day at midnight. The resulting file is send to the destination specified. This file is always sent to spool/2go as it does NOT have a mime-header. proxy:(name of Proxy server) default: none proxy-port: (only if a proxy server is specified) default: 23 proxy-is-squid: (yes/no) default: none Please see note below defdest: (default Fip Destination (DU FipHdr field) default: "nntp" chrset: (Source character set ie SC header field) default: ascii response-timeout: (timeout in seconds wanting for the remote to reply) default: 60 secs connection-timeout: (timeout in seconds wanting to connect to the remote) default: 120 secs extra-fiphdr: (more FipHdr information to add) default: none --------- Running redundant nntpwire on two Fip systems check-primary-server: pseudo-host name that is specified in tables/sys/DEST_REDUN that is used whether the current host should be getting the files or not. ie check-primary-server:remotewire and in the DEST_REDUN is ; psuedohost primary secondary remotewire fip1 fip2 Then if fip1 is up, the 'nntpwire' on fip1 will always get while on fip2 it will just check/loop. if fip1 is down, the 'nntpwire' on fip2 will start getting. current-balance-group: name of a balance group (in tables/sys/BALANCE) to distribute the current totals file when changed (see doc on 'ipbalan') This is often used where a second system could be used as a redundant server if the main system fails. Where sections of FipHdr fields are required or changes to the output style, use keywords : fixed, partial, combie, optional, repeat, newdate and/or style. (see The SysA dmin manual for more information). They are normally specified : fixed:QZ 1234543 partial:QT ST,3,2,U,<,> combie:QY ep|na,(0000000)a option:QE ep,11,7,s repeat:QK XK,-,3 or repeat:QP PK,,4,#X style:QS XN,%.03d replace:QN NN abc=DEF def=GHI newdate:QT hours+3 "\ZD" Input switches are : Mandatory : -s : Hostname where the NNTP is running. default: none Optional : -1 : one single pass and then stop default: continuous -b : start at this id default: get all files use with care ! Only valid with the -1 switch and a single group -B : ignore missing articles default: abort on a missing article see below for a small note on the AP NNTP server. -D : display the conversation with the remote server default: no valid ONLY with the -1 for single shot used for debugging troublesome connections -e : end at this id default: get all files use with care ! Only valid with the -1 switch and a single group -l : log every file throught default: no logging -n : name of the service def: name of the parameter file -o : Next fip queue for incoming files default: spool/xsmtp -p : port number on the remote host default: 119 -t : sleep in seconds between connections/accesses default: 600 secs -z : parameter file default: wire/NNTP -v : display version number and exit. -- Why would you want to use the the -B switch ? Some NNTP servers - AP's for example - do not give a proper first-id of a group. ie they might say there are 877 files in a group and the last one is 416998 - but the first is 512. So when 'nntpwire' starts at 512, it errors with '423 Bad Article Number' So use the -B switch (with the -1 single) to ignore these spurious errors and drain the group manually before letting into production. -- Squid as Proxy If using Squid, 'nntpwire' uses CONNECT, so there will need to be a mod to squid.conf as NNTP is not on the default list of allowed ports for Squid. Eg - 1. quick fudge If you are 'almost' using the default squid.conf, the only ACL that allows CONNECT is 'SSL_ports'. So just add port 119 on the end of the line : acl SSL_ports port 443 563 becomes acl SSL_ports port 443 563 119 - 2. slightly more proper is to add a new ACL ... add these # create a new acl called nntp acl nntp port 119 # nntp # add to Safe_ports too acl Safe_ports port 119 # nntp # Strip all HTTP headers from remote - not sure you really need this but .. header_access All deny nntp change this # Deny CONNECT to other than SSL ports http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports to this http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports !nntp plus check you have the defaults acl CONNECT method CONNECT # Deny requests to unknown ports http_access deny !Safe_ports (copyright) 2021 and previous years FingerPost Ltd.