news.daily - do regular Usenet system administration


   news.daily [ keyword...  ]


   News.daily   performs  a  number  of  important  Usenet  administrative
   functions.  This includes producing a status report, removing old  news
   articles,  processing  log  files,  rotating  the  archived  log files,
   renumbering 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
   output  to  the news administrator, usenet.  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).

   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
   ``notdaily''  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.
          The  names  of articles to be removed are written to a temporary
          file, and then removed after expiration by calling expirerm(8).

          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
          news.daily lock.

          By  default  news.daily  expects to be run only once a day.  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  /var/log/news/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.

   flags='expire args'
          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

          By default, log processing includes rotating  and  cleaning  out
          log  files.   Using  this  keyword  disables  the  rotating  and
          cleaning 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.
          Normally, the low-water mark for all newsgroups (see  active(5))
          is reset.

   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.

   expireoverflags='expireover args'
          If the ``expireover'' keyword is used, this keyword may be  used
          to  specify  the  flags  to  be  passed  to  expireover.  If the
          ``delayrm'' keyword is used, then the default  value  is  ``-z''
          and  the  list of deleted files; otherwise, the default value is

          The program specified by the given path is executed just  before
          any  expiration  is  done.   A  typical  use  is  to  specify an
          alternate expiration program and use the  ``noexpire''  keyword.
          Multiple  programs  may  be  specified;  they will be invoked in


   News.daily  and  this  manual  page  written  by   Landon   Curt   Noll
   <> and Rich $alz <>.  This is revision
   1.11, dated 1996/12/10.


   active(5), ctlinnd(8), expire(8),  fastrm(8),  newslog(5),  newslog(8),
   innwatch.ctl(5), shlock(1).



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