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CHAPTER 23 Usenet

23.3 Network news transfer protocol, nntp

nntp is the Network News Transfer Protocol. This protocol controls the transfer of news articles form the news server to your machine. NNTP server machines contain a full installation of USENET news. They allow remote sites to connect and read, transfer and/or post news, as controlled by the nntp_access file in /usr/lib/news, e.g.:

host/net read/xfer/no post/no newsgroups (!not.allowed)

nntp can operate either as a stand-alone server, or as a server under inetd. News articles are placed in the news spool as numbered files in directories specified by the group name, e.g. comp.sys.sun.admin would become /var/spool/news/comp/sys/sun/admin.

There are three major news servers on Campus:


Unix System Administration - 8 AUG 1996
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