uucpsend - Alternative frontend for uucp batching
uucpsend [ -c config ] [ -f appendix ] sitename [ sitename ... ]
This program offers a comfortable way to do news batching with the INN
news system. Like the name assumes it is used for sites that are
connected via UUCP. The idea behind the mechanism is taken from the
nntpsend program which is already included in distributions of INN.
The program does not do the batching itself. Instead it lets commonly
used tools do the work. However it controls their behaviour. Using
uucpsend you can define detailed how batching for each site shall take
place in an easy fashion.
In the file uucpsend.ctl(5) for each site your server feeds you can
specify the size of batches, the maximal disk space that may be used by
the uucp site, the header that should be written in the batch (e.g.
funbatch, cunbatch, gunbatch etc.), the compression program to use as
well as additional arguments passed to uux(8).
The sitename should be the name of the site as specified in the
newsfeeds(5) file. If no sitenames are passed to the program it will
loop over all sites that described in the configuration file. This
makes it easy to maintain sets of sites that are to be batched one
after the other - contrary to batching through the whole day.
A batcher(8) is launched for sites with queued news. Output is sent to
the file /var/log/news/uucpsend.log. In order to keep from
overwhelming the local system, uucpsend waits five seconds before the
next site is fed. Uucpsend expects that the batchfile for a site is
named /var/spool/news/out.going/sitename. To prevent batchfile
corruption, shlock(1) is used to ‘‘lock’’ these files.
It is useful to have cron(8) invoke uucpsend.
When no sites are given on the command line, any flags given on the
command completely describe how batcher operate. When no sites are
given on the command line, then the information found in uucpsend.ctl
becomes the default flags for that sites.
Using this parameter you are able to specify a file different to
PATH_UUCPCTL which defaults to /etc/news/uucpsend.ctl.
With the parameter ‘‘-f’’ you may specify another
uucpsend.ctl(5) file. Information with regard to also given
sitenames are read from the uucpsend.ctl-file. Please keep in
mind that all default values are still read from the main
uucpsend.ctl file. This feature has been added to let big sites
easily specify a different batching behaviour.
Written by Martin Schulze <firstname.lastname@example.org>, derived mostly from
nntpsend(8) by Landon Curt Noll <email@example.com> and Rich $alz
<firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews.
innxmit(1), newsfeeds(5), uucpsend.ctl(5), nntppsend(8),