lmove - move articles into /news/group/number directories
lmove -d directory [ -c filename ] [ -a filename ] [ -e | -E filename ]
[ -l phrase_file ] [ -D ] [ -A ] [ -h | -s ]
This is the location of the active file. See description of file
below. If this option is not provided, the default of "active" is
Lmove uses the active file to determine what number to start at when
creating the file name for the articles in each group. If an external
program or person either puts articles into the directories, or changes
the numbers in the active file, the possibility exists to accidently
overwrite already existing articles. In order to avoid this, lmove
checks to see if an article already exists before moving a new article
into the directory tree. If it already exists, then lmove aborts with
a warning message at that point.
This option overrides the default action. If this option is given when
lmove runs, then lmove will keep increasing the article number until it
finds one not being used.
This is the location of the configuration file. See description of
file below. If this option is not provided, the default of "lmove-
config" is used.
This option is required. This is the directory that contains the
articles for lmove to put into the directory structure. It should be
on the same filesystem as the BASE directory (see ACTIVE FILE below),
since some ..IX’s move command can not move files across file systems.
This option tells lmove to log various debugging messages to
debug.suck. This is primarily used by the developer to trace various
-e | -E filename
These options will send all error messages (normally displayed on
stderr), to an alternate file. The lower case version, -e, will send
the error messages to the compiled-in default defined in suck_config.h.
The upper case version, -E, requires the filename parameter. All error
messages will then be sent to this file.
This option tells lmove to load in an alternate phrase file, instead of
using the built-in messages. This allows you to have lmove print
phrases in another language, or to allow you to customize the messages
without re-building lmove. See the "FOREIGN LANGUAGE PHRASES" in
suck.1 for more details.
This option tells lmove to create symbolic links for articles that are
cross posted to multiple groups. The first group on the newsgroups
line that is in the active file gets the actual text of the article,
any other groups that are on the newsgroups line that also exist in the
active file will get symbolic links to the actual text. This is so
that news readers can see cross posted articles in all the groups that
they were cross posted to. NOTE: If an article is cross posted to a
group that does not exist in the active file, then a link will not be
This option is identical to the -s option, but instead of symbolic
links, hard links are created. See man 2 link and man 2 symlink to
explain the differences between hard and symbolic links.
Lmove will take articles in a single directory (such as those retrieved
with "suck" ), and put them into a directory tree based on newsgroups.
Lmove uses an "active" file to determine where to put the various
articles, and to keep track of the highest numbered articles in these
directories. Lmove will scan each article to find a matching group in
the active file, then store the article in that group’s directory,
increasing the highest number for that group. Normally, once the first
group of an article is matched in the active file, lmove goes on to the
next article, unless you use the -h or -s option above.
The configuration file should contain two lines:
The BASE= tells lmove the base directory for all articles. This is
where the articles are actually stored.
The ACTIVE= tells lmove where to find the active file, described below.
The active file consists of newsgroup names, the current highest
article number, the current lowest article number, and the current
status of the group. Lmove only uses the newsgroup name and highest
article number. The other fields are just rewritten, and not modified
in any way. These are here for use by other programs.
comp.os.linux.announce 1000 1 y
The lines are a listing of the valid groups that lmove will store
articles in. The highest article number for a new group should be
either 0 or 1.
Upon completion, lmove will move the current active file to
"active.old", and write out a new active file with the new highest
article numbers. Any articles not moved into the directory structure
are left in the original article directory.
0 on success, -1 on failure.
suck(1), rpost(1), testhost(1).