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i have to setup an internal usenet server but i can't find any tutorial or advice. I have to use Linux.

Can you suggest me any tutorial or free (like beer :-) ) software ?


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Where do you live that you get beer for free? We have to pay for it. Something to do with the brewery workers wanting to feed their families, or some such nonsense. – John Gardeniers Jan 4 '11 at 21:36
lol, true it's a sad world where you have to pay for beer :-) – wezzy Jan 4 '11 at 21:48
@John, maybe if you were more friendly you wouldn't always have to buy your own beer. :-) – Paul Tomblin Jan 4 '11 at 21:54
@Paul, we have names for people who rely on others to buy their beer for them. – John Gardeniers Jan 4 '11 at 22:07
  • Install inn (apt-get install inn2)
  • Edit /etc/news/inn.conf

Since you said "internal", I assume you aren't looking for feeds or getting any feeds, so you don't need to configure incoming.conf, innfeed.conf, or newsfeeds.

  • Create any local newsgroups with ctlinnd newgroup my.groupname y ''

At that point, you should be good to go.

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Thanks for the advice. I've said internal because only internal client can access this server but it has to fetch standard usenet group. How can i connect my inn installation to receive standard usenet group? – wezzy Jan 4 '11 at 22:07
If you want standard usenet groups, then you need to arrange for somebody to feed you, and you have to feed them back. If you want a simple text-only feed, you can often arrange those for free. If you want all the binaries (and be prepared for a firehose of data), you'll probably have to pay. – Paul Tomblin Jan 4 '11 at 22:18
Again tanks for your fast reply. We only need tex-only feed. Can you suggest any free provider to begin with? What i don't know is how my server knows about new posts. It fetches with a fixed interval a server or some server send new messages to my server (push or pull ?) ? – wezzy Jan 4 '11 at 22:58
Usenet feeding can be via push or pull. Push is more efficient. As for finding usenet peers, that can be tricky. – Paul Tomblin Jan 4 '11 at 23:10
That's not true. I carry a full big-8 and most of alt (except and alt.binaries) and a bunch of regional heirarchies, and my spool is about 2.5Gb. Remember that before alt.binaries came along, we could push an entire feed via uucp over a 2400 bps modem. – Paul Tomblin Jan 5 '11 at 11:41

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