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       active.times - List of local creation times of newsgroups


       The file pathdb/active.times provides a chronological record of when
       newsgroups were created on the local server.  This file is normally
       updated by mod-active and innd whenever a newgroup control message is
       processed or a "ctlinnd newgroup" command is issued, and is used by
       nnrpd to answer NEWGROUPS requests.

       Each line consists of three fields:

           <name> <time> <creator>

       The first field is the name of the newsgroup.  The second field is the
       time it was created, expressed as the number of seconds since the
       epoch.  The third field is plain text intended to describe the entity
       that created the newsgroup.  This field is encoded in UTF-8 and is
       usually the e-mail address of the person who created the group, as
       specified in the control message or on the ctlinnd command line, or the
       newsmaster specified at configure time if no creator argument was given
       to ctlinnd (by default, it is "usenet").

       You can get the active.times file of another NNTP server with


       The line:

          news.admin.moderation 1175716803 <>

       shows that the newsgroup news.admin.moderation was created on April
       4th, 2007, at 20:00:03 UTC.  This date can be obtained for instance
       with "convdate -c 1175716803" (convdate(1) is shipped with INN) or
       "date -u -d "Jan 1, 1970 00:00:00 +0000 + 1175716803 seconds"".  It is
       when the newsgroup was locally created; in this example, it is when a
       control message sent by "" was received and
       processed by the news server (see control.ctl(5) for more details).
       Therefore, the time is not necessarily the same on every news server.


       Written by Rich $alz <> for InterNetNews.  Converted
       to POD by Russ Allbery <>.

       $Id: active.times.pod 8638 2009-09-28 19:59:48Z iulius $


       active(5), convdate(1), ctlinnd(8), getlist(1), inn.conf(5), innd(8),
       mod-active(8), nnrpd(8).