GETLIST(1)                InterNetNews Documentation                GETLIST(1)

       getlist - Get a list from an NNTP server

       getlist [-AR] [-h host] [-p port] [list [pattern [types]]]

       getlist obtains a list from an NNTP server and sends it to standard
       output.  list may be one of "active" (which is the default value),
       "active.times", "distrib.pats", or "newsgroups".  "active" contains a
       list of all newsgroups carried by the server with the high and low
       article numbers in the group, and the group status field.
       "active.times" is a list of newsgroups, their creation times (in
       seconds since epoch), and the creator of the group.  "distrib.pats" is
       a list of relevant distributions and the newsgroups they apply to.
       "newsgroups" is a list of newsgroups along with their short

       For more information on the formats of these files, see active(5),
       active.times(5), distrib.pats(5) and newsgroups(5).

       The listing files other than the active file are common extensions to
       the NNTP protocol and may not be available on all servers.  For
       instance, "counts" "distributions", "headers", "moderators", "motd",
       "overview.fmt" and "subscriptions", amongst other, may be available.
       Moreover, a uwildmat(3) pattern pattern may also be usable for some of
       these listing files.

       For more information on the formats of these files, see
       distributions(5), moderators(5), and subscriptions(5).
       The overview fields obtained with "overview.fmt" are the ones for which
       the overview database is consistent (see extraoverviewadvertised in
       inn.conf for more information).  The list obtained with "headers"
       contains the fields that can be retrieved using the HDR command
       (pattern can then be either "msgid" or "range").  The list obtained
       with "counts" is like the "active" one except that the number of
       articles in a newsgroup is mentioned just before the flag of this

       The pattern parameter may be used with a list value of "active",
       "active.times" or "newsgroups" to limit the output.  If given, only
       entries corresponding to newsgroups that match the uwildmat(3) pattern
       pattern will be printed.

       If the list parameter is "active", a third parameter, types, may also
       be used to restrict the list.  If given, only entries corresponding to
       newsgroups with a newsgroup mode found in types will be printed.  For
       example, a types value of "y" would only show unmoderated groups, and a
       types value of "ym" would show all unmoderated and moderated groups but
       not aliased groups or groups that disallow postings.

       -A  Try to authenticate using the username and password information in
           passwd.nntp(5) before issuing the LIST command.

       -h host
           Connect to the server host rather than to the value of server in
           inn.conf or the value of the NNTPSERVER environment variable.

       -p port
           Connect to the port port, which is by default 119.

       -R  Try to switch to nnrpd with a MODE READER command before issuing
           the LIST request.  It can be useful in case a feeding access exists
           for the news server:  more information can be retrieved from nnrpd,
           compared with innd.

       The following command will obtain the one-line descriptions of all
       newsgroups found on UUNET:

           getlist -h newsgroups

       The following command will show the active file entries for all
       moderated comp.* groups on the default server:

           getlist active 'comp.*' m

       The following command lists all groups where local postings are
       permitted, are moderated or aliased:

           getlist active '*' ym=

       Note that the wildcard character "*" has to be quoted by simple quotes
       to protect it from the shell.

       Written by Landon Curt Noll <> for InterNetNews.
       Rewritten in POD by Russ Allbery <>.

       $Id: getlist.pod 9767 2014-12-07 21:13:43Z iulius $

       active(5), active.times(5), distrib.pats(5), distributions(5),
       inn.conf(5), moderators(5),, newsgroups(5), nnrpd(8),
       passwd.nntp(5), subscriptions(5), uwildmat(3).

INN 2.6.4                         2015-09-20                        GETLIST(1)

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