makeactive - tool to recover Usenet active file.


   makeactive [ -m ] [ -o ]


   Makeactive invokes find(1) to get a list of all directories in the news
   spool tree, /var/spool/news.  It discards directories named  lost+found
   as  well  as  those  that  have  a  period in them.  It scans all other
   directories for all-numeric filenames and determines  the  highest  and
   lowest  number.  The program's output is a set of active(5) file lines.
   Because there is no way to know if a group is  moderated  or  disabled,
   the fourth field of all entries will be y.  Also, mid-level directories
   that aren't newsgroups will also created as newsgroups with no  entries
   (for   example,   there   is  a  ``comp.sources.unix''  group,  but  no


   -m     If the ``-m'' flag is given, then  makeactive  will  attempt  to
          adjust the highest and lowest article numbers wherever possible.
          If articles are found in a newsgroup, the numbers  will  reflect
          what  what  was found.  If no articles are found in a newsgroup,
          the high number from the old file will  be  kept,  and  the  low
          number  will be set to one more then the high number.  This flag
          may only be used if the ``-o'' flag is used.

   -o     If the ``-o'' flag is used, makeactive  will  read  an  existing
          active  file  for  the list of group names and just renumber all
          groups.  It will preserve the fourth field of the active file if
          one   is   present.    This   is  analogous  to  the  ctlinnd(8)
          ``renumber'' command, except that innd(8)  should  throttled  or
          not running.  Do not use this flag with output redirected to the
          standard active file!


   Makeactive exits with non-zero status if any problems occurred.


   A typical way  to  use  the  program  is  with  the  following  /bin/sh
          ctlinnd throttle "Rebuilding active file"
          if [ -f /var/lib/news/active ] ; then
              if makeactive -o >${TEMP} ; then
                  mv ${TEMP} /var/lib/news/active
              if makeactive >${TEMP} ; then
                  # Edit to restore moderated
                  # and aliased groups.
                  mv ${TEMP} /var/lib/news/active
          ctlinnd reload active "New active file"
          ctlinnd go ''


   Written  by  Rich  $alz <> for InterNetNews.  This is
   revision 1.3, dated 1996/10/29.


   active(5),  ctlinnd(8),  dbz(3),  filechan(8),   history(5),   innd(8),
   newsfeeds(5), makehistory(8), newsrequeue(8).



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