getlist - get a list from an NNTP server
getlist [ -h host ] [ list [ pattern [ types ] ] ]
The getlist program obtains a list from an NNTP server and sends it to
The list may be one of active, active.times, distributions, or news-
groups. These values request the active(5), active.times,
<pathetc in inn.conf>/distributions. or <pathdb in inn.conf>/news-
groups files, respectively.
-h If the ``-h'' flag is used, then the program connects to the
server on the specified host. The default is to connect to the
server specified in the inn.conf(5) file.
If the list parameter is active, then the pattern and types parameters
may be used to limit the output. When pattern is used, only active
lines with groups that match according to wildmat(3) are printed. When
types is also given, only active lines that have a fourth field start-
ing with a character found in types are printed.
For example, the following command will obtain the one-line descrip-
tions of all newsgroups found on UUNET:
getlist -h news.uu.net newsgroups
The following line lists all groups where local postings are permitted,
are moderated or aliased:
getlist active '*' ym=
Note that the listing files other than the active file is a common
extension to the NNTP protocol and may not be available on all servers.
Written by Landon Curt Noll <email@example.com> for InterNetNews.
active(5), inn.conf(5), nnrpd(8), wildmat(3).
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