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[leafnode-list] [ANNOUNCE] leafnode-2.0b8

I am happy to announce the release of leafnode-2.0b8. It fixes a minor
bug in fetchnews (fetchnews was crashing at the end if invoked with -P)
and implements user-based access to the nntpd. The documentation of this
new feature is restricted to the following paragraph from the ChangeLog:

090101: implemented authinfo support. If using passwords, authinfo
        information is expected to reside in $(LIBDIR)/users. This
        file should only be readable by the user "news". The format
        is "username crypted_password" per line. Crypted passwords
        can be generated with the new perl script "make_pass.pl"
        which is provided in the "tools/" subdirectory. "make_pass"
        expects username and uncrypted password on the command line
        and writes username and crypted password to stdout.

The new beta is available from

As usual, the tarball is not intended for distribution.

Please continue to report problems and suggestions to me.


PS: Joerg Dietrich sent me a new texpire.c which is much faster
    (about twice as fast on my machine and with my spool) than the
    version included with 2.0b8. I did not include Joerg's texpire
    since it deletes much more from the spool than the 2.0b8 texpire.
    I have not had the time yet to investigate the discrepancies,
    but as an example, after a texpire run a subsequent run of the
    2.0b8 texpire deleted less than 10 articles whereas a subsequent
    run of Joerg's texpire deleted more than 300 articles.

    If anyone is interested, I can put the texpire.c into the
    ftp directory.

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