databases - the known set of GNATS databases
The databases configuration file is a site-wide configuration file
containing the list of GNATS databases that are available either on the
host itself or remotely over the network, together with some parameters
associated with each database. It is located in the directory
The file contains one line for each database. For databases located on
the host itself, each line consists of three fields separated by
database name:short description:/path/to/database
The first field is the database name. This is the name used to
identify the database when invoking programs such as query-pr or send-
pr, either by using the --database option of the program or by setting
the GNATSDB environment variable to the name of the database. The
second field is a short human-readable description of the database
contents, and the final field is the directory where the database
contents are kept.
For a database that is located across a network, but which should be
accessible from this host, the entry for the database should look like
database name:short description of database::hostname:port
The first two fields are the same as for local databases, the third
field is empty (notice the two adjacent ‘:’ symbols, indicating an
empty field), the fourth field is the hostname of the remote GNATS
server, and the fifth field is the port number that the remote GNATS
server is running on.
Note that if you add a new local database, you must create its data
directory, including appropriate subdirectories and administrative
files after adding an entry to databases. This is best done using the
Lines beginning with a # are ignored.
The database name default is special; this is the entry used if no
database name is specified via a --database option or the GNATSDB
Keeping Track: Managing Messages With GNATS (also installed as the GNU
Info file gnats.info)
databases(5), dbconfig(5), delete-pr(8), edit-pr(1) file-pr(8), gen-
index(8), gnats(7), gnatsd(8), mkcat(8), mkdb(8), pr-edit(8), query-
pr(1), queue-pr(8), send-pr(1).
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