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       distrib.pats - Default values for the Distribution: header


       The file pathetc/distrib.pats is used by nnrpd to determine the default
       value of the Distribution: header.  Blank lines and lines beginning
       with a number sign ("#") are ignored.  All other lines consist of three
       fields separated by a colon:


       The first field is the weight to assign to this match.  If a newsgroup
       matches multiple lines, the line with the highest weight is used.  This
       should be an arbitrary integer greater than zero.  The order of lines
       in the file is only important if groups have equal weight (in which
       case, the first matching line will be used).

       The second field is either the name of a newsgroup or a
       uwildmat(3)-style pattern to specify a set of newsgroups.

       The third field is the value that should be used for the Distribution:
       header of a posted article, if this line was picked as the best match
       and no Distribution: header was supplied by the user.  It can be an
       empty string, specifying that no Distribution: header should be added.
       If it is not empty, it is better to only use US-ASCII characters for
       that field; otherwise, make sure it is encoded in UTF-8.

       When a post is received by nnrpd that does not already contain a
       Distribution: header, each newsgroup to which an article is posted will
       be checked against this file in turn, and the matching line with the
       highest weight will be used as the value of the Distribution: header.
       If no lines match, or if the matching line has an empty string for its
       third field, no header will be added.  In case a distribution is added
       by nnrpd, make sure it is not rejected by the newsfeeds "ME" entry.

       A list of recommended distributions can be specified and described in


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

       $Id: distrib.pats.pod 8803 2009-11-15 09:29:41Z iulius $


       distributions(5), inn.conf(5), newsfeeds(5), nnrpd(8), uwildmat(3).