snget,sngetd - fetch news from upstream sites and store them locally.
snget [options] [news.group...]
options: [-d] [-h Bps] [-p nparallel] [-c depth] [-m max]
snget fetches articles for the news.groups on the command line (or all
non-local newsgroups if none are specified) from their respective
upstream feeds, and stores them in the news spool /var/spool/sn. If a
newsgroup could not be fetched for, it may be attempted again. sngetd
does the same, except it reads newsgroup names from /var/spool/sn/.fifo
and does not exit. sngetd does not fork into the background.
snget does not guarantee to fetch the groups in the order specified on
the command line. snget and sngetd will write errors and status
messages to descriptor 2.
snget and sngetd are both scheduling wrappers that call
/usr/sbin/SNHELLO, snfetch, and snstore. You must own /var/spool/sn or
be root in order to run snget and sngetd.
-d Enable verbosity, may be specified multiple times. This option
is also propagated to snfetch and snstore.
Attempt to fetch for nparallel newsgroups at once. Default is
4, maximum is 8.
-h Bps Throttle the sum of bandwidth used by all snfetches to Bps bytes
per second. This option is used to prevent snget or sngetd from
hogging the network. By default there is no throttling.
depth is passed to snfetch as the depth of the command pipeline.
-m max The very first time contacting the news server, retrieve no more
than max articles per newsgroup, default is 200. This option is
useful only if there are unprimed newsgroups and has no effect
otherwise. The .max file in each newsgroup directory still
applies (see snfetch(8)).
This option is not documented because it is ignored and will
disappear in a future release. See .timeout in FILES next.
These are the directories
/var/spool/sn/.outgoing/server.name:port, which are symlinked
from /var/spool/sn/news.group/.outgoing. If the latter isn’t a
(symlink to a) directory, snget won’t fetch for news.group.
If this file exists and contains a number, this is taken to be
the timeout in seconds in all dealings with server.name:port.
Default is 120 seconds.
If this program file exists, it is invoked instead of the
default (usually /usr/sbin/SNHELLO) when an NNTP connection is
first made to server.name:port in order to read the greeting and
upload posted articles. If server.name:port requires a username
and password, you would copy the default here and edit that
snget and sngetd read these files on behalf of snfetch.
Other signals have default behaviour.
If -h Bps was specified, Bps is halved, else is ignored.
If -h Bps was specified, Bps is doubled, else is ignored.
See also /usr/sbin/SNHELLO for the list of environment variables
exported by snget/sngetd.
SNROOT If this is set and is not empty, the value is used in place of
/var/spool/sn, the default news spool directory.
PATH To find SNHELLO (if this server does not have a .SNHELLO),
snfetch, and snstore. If PATH does not contain /usr/sbin as one
of it’s components, /usr/sbin is appended to it.
snfetch(8), snstore(8), /usr/sbin/SNHELLO