news.daily - do regular Usenet system administration
news.daily [ keyword... ]
News.daily performs a number of important Usenet administrative func-
tions. This includes producing a status report, removing old news
articles, processing log files, rotating the archived log files, renum-
bering the active file, removing any old socket files found in the
``firewall'' directory, and collecting the output. This program should
be run under the news administrator's id, not as root.
By default, news.daily performs all of its functions and mails the out-
put to the news administrator, <USER specified with --with-news-mas-
ter at configure>. By specifying ``keywords'' on the command line, it
is possible to modify the functions performed, as well as change the
arguments given to expire(8) and expireover(8) or expireindex(8).
News.daily should be run once a day, typically out of cron(8). It may
be run more often, but such invocations should at least use the ``noro-
tate'' keyword to prevent the log files from being processed and
rotated too fast.
The shlock(1) program is used to prevent simultaneous executions.
The following keywords may be used:
This uses the ``-z'' flag when invoking expire and expireover or
expireindex. The names of articles to be removed are written to
a temporary file, and then renamed after expiration by calling
expirerm(8). If the ``delayrm'' keyword is specified, the
``expireover'' keyword is specified implicitly.
Specify the file to use as the expire.ctl(5) file for expire.
By default, expire builds the new history(5) file and database
in the same directory as the current files. Using this keyword
specifies a different local to build the new files (by passing
the ``-d'' flag to expire), which will then be moved to the
right location when finished.
nostat This keyword disables the status report generated by innstat
(see newslog(8)). Without this keyword, the status report is
the first function performed, just prior to obtaining the
By default news.daily expects to be run only once a day, and it
does various things (like rotating logs) that normally should
only be done on daily basis. Use this keyword any extra times
news.daily is run in the day and the normal logfile processing
(and rotation) will not be done.
By default, expire is invoked to remove old news articles.
Using this keyword disables this function.
Expire normally appends information to <pathlog in
inn.conf>/expire.log (see newslog(5)). Using this keyword
causes the expire output to be handled as part of news.daily's
output. It has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
By default, expire is invoked with the an argument of ``-v1''.
Using this keyword changes the arguments to those specified. Be
careful to use quotes if multiple arguments are needed. This
keyword has no effect if the ``noexpire'' keyword is used.
nologs After expiration, scanlogs(8) is invoked to process the log
files. Using this keyword disables all log processing func-
By default, log processing includes rotating and cleaning out
log files. Using this keyword disables the rotating and clean-
ing aspect of the log processing: the logs files are only
scanned for information and no contents are altered.
This keyword has no effect if the ``nologs'' keyword is used.
The ``norotate'' keyword is passed on to scanlogs if it is
This keyword disables the ctlinnd(8) renumber operation. Nor-
mally, the low-water mark for all newsgroups (see active(5)) is
norm By default, any socket ctlinnd socket that has not been modified
for two days will be removed. Using this keyword disables this
nomail News.daily normally sends a mail message containing the results
to the administrator. Using this keyword causes this message to
be sent to stdout and stderr instead. Normally, all utilities
invoked by the script have their stdout and stderr redirected
into a file. If the file is empty, no message is sent.
The expireover program is called after expiration to purge the
overview databases or indices. If you have turned on the stor-
age manager with the 'storageapi' in inn.conf(5), expireindex
program is called instead. If storageapi turned on and no
overview data is created, the ``expireover'' keyword is not
needed. This is the case that the server runs only for
If the ``expireover'' keyword is used, this keyword may be used
to specify the flags to be passed to expireover or expireindex.
If the ``delayrm'' keyword is used, then the default value is
``-z'' and the list of deleted files; otherwise, the default
value is ``-s''.
The program specified by the given path is executed just before
any expiration is done. A typical use is to specify an alter-
nate expiration program and use the ``noexpire'' keyword. Mul-
tiple programs may be specified; they will be invoked in order.
If the ``lowmark'' keyword is used, ctlinnd(8) lowmark is used
for renumbering active(5). Normal ctlinnd(8) renumber operation
will take long time. With ``lowmark'' keyword this will take
less time. If the ``lowmark'' keyword is used, ``norenumber''
keyword is not needed, since news.daily specifies it implicitly.
News.daily and this manual page written by Landon Curt Noll
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and Rich $alz <email@example.com>. This is revision
184.108.40.206, dated 1999/06/12.
active(5), ctlinnd(8), expire(8), fastrm(8), inn.conf(5), newslog(5),
newslog(8), innwatch.ctl(5), shlock(1).
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