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[leafnode-list] A new user's questions

We installed leafnode on a Mandrake Linux 8.1 box.  It works just fine!  
Because we are in a remote location running solely on solar power we can not 
run our computers 24/7, and our dialup connection sometimes dies while 
fetchnews is runningwe find ourselves with two problems. 

First, if we boot up after the scheduled start time in the rather standard 
leafnote crontab we have to either wait for an hour or invoke fetchnews 
manually.  Would using ip-up.local be a sensible solution and if so, are 
there any special parameters we should use?

Second, if the dialup dies we are sometimes faced with this: 
lockfile /var/lock/news/fetchnews.lck exists, abort ...
I was wondering if using  ip-down local with a simple 
rm /var/lock/news/fetchnews.lck would suffice or if something more elegant is 
in order???
Robin Lynn Frank

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