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       snget,sngetd - fetch news from upstream sites and store them locally.


       snget [options] []
       sngetd [options]
       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.

       -p nparallel
              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.

       -c depth
              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)).

       -t timeout
              This  option  is  not  documented because it is ignored and will
              disappear in a future release.  See .timeout in FILES next.


       Server Directories
              These              are              the              directories
              /var/spool/sn/.outgoing/,  which  are  symlinked
              from /var/spool/sn/  If the latter isn’t  a
              (symlink to a) directory, snget won’t fetch for

              If  this  file exists and contains a number, this is taken to be
              the timeout in seconds in all  dealings  with
              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 in order to read the greeting and
              upload posted articles.  If requires a username
              and  password,  you  would  copy  the default here and edit that
              information in.

              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