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[leafnode-list] configure script suggestion
1.0.1.rel works good for me (just builti it and ran fetchnews) and the
server prog appears to work fine over IPv4 and IPv6.
I had a suggestion for leafnode WRT how it conencts to the servers. But
first a little background.
My connection to the 'Net is dial-up :-( via pppd using demand dialing.
The way pppd appears to work is that an outbound packet triggers the
dialing, but that packet doesn't always survive long enough to get sent
Since fetchnews appears to only try the next IP address for a hostname
rather then retrying to open a connection, this means that for me
connecting to the first server n the config file fails 75% of the time
(or more) my primary news server only has one IP address. With the
primary listed first in config, this meant that out going posts usually
failed since fetchnews couldn't conenct to it and that I would get no
new news. :-(
Once, feeling masochistic, I decided to not run fetchnews manually when
I knew I was connected to the 'Net, and I went a horrible 3 days
without news, sicne fetchnews was unable to connect to the server. :-(
To get around that I added a free newsserver (allnews.readfreenews.net)
to the beginning of config and disabled posting to it so that when
connecting to my real primary news server the PPP conenct to the 'Net
would be alive and everything would work for it.
But this means that "fetchnews -l" connects to allnews.readfreenews.net
instead of what is actually my primary news server.
It would be nice if on the config file there were a retries parameter.
By default this could be 0 and give the current behaviour, but somebody
with my situation could do "retries = <n>" which would make fetchnews
try <n> more times, after failing the first time, to connect to the
Also, perhaps the -l option could be extended so that one could do
"fetchnews -l<n>" to connect to only a specific server. Just plain "-
l" would be the same as "-l1".
What do you think?
Cory C. Albrecht
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
-- Sean O'Casey
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