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Re: [leafnode-list] Basic configuration questions form a Linux Newbie
On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 04:29:42PM +0100, David Oddie wrote:
> Step 3. create a "news" user. First question :- I take it I need a
> user called "news"?
> Step 4. Should "make install" be run as "news"?
Run it as root.
> Step 6. States "Make sure $NNTPSERVER or /etc/nntpserver points to
> your own host.................."
> I am lost here. What is my "own host"? How can I find it out or set
> it up should I need to?
"host" means machine. All it means is that you should configure your
newsreader to read news from localhost.
> Step 7. I know nothing about cron. My computer is not left on all
> the time so I think I will need to texpire manually or in some other
> way such as when I reboot (not every time but periodically if you see
> what I mean). What is the best way to do that?
If you reboot a lot you could always run texpire at boot time (most
distributions have a script called rc.local somewhere for you to put
this in). Another way would be to install anacron, a program designed
to ensure cron jobs get run regularly even if the system is down for
some of the time.
> I also like to keep articles a LONG time. Is there a way to archive
> them away from being "texpire'ed"?
You can configure the expire option in the configuration file
(/etc/leafnode/config by default). Set it to some extremely large
number (2^32-1 ought to do the trick). The script tools/archivefaq.pl
may also be useful.
> If so how do I get fetchnews to run automatically on connection?
If you're using Linux you can call it from /etc/ppp/ip-up (some
distribtions have separate places to put user additions, but there will
probably be comments in the script telling you about them).
> Is this what step 9 is about?
No. Step 9 is about making sure that Leafnode gets run when your
newsreader tries to connect to it.
Mark Brown mailto:broonie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Trying to avoid grumpiness)
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