2.2.2 ups the ante versus Campy

Unknown News Administrator Usenet.News at msfc.nasa.gov
Mon Jan 10 21:29:01 UTC 2000

Usenet.News at msfc.nasa.gov (Unknown News Administrator) writes:

>For the last two days, my errlog has seen some strange messages from
>overchan; see below.  I think there's some way that overchan can be
>misled by long Subject lines, or Subject lines that look like References
>headers, or References header with unbalanced <>s, or some such.

>overchan bad entry rec/arts/sf/movies:51375Re:
>overchan bad entry Shimano
>overchan bad entry ups
>overchan bad entry the
>overchan bad entry ante
>overchan bad entry versus
>overchan bad entry Campy!
>overchan bad entry <387681fd/1358952 at news/swbell/net>
>overchan bad entry <3876D470/6B508E44 at BiteMe/com>
>overchan bad entry <3876c20d/17762033 at news/swbell/net>

I think I have found the problem, but I have not fixed it yet.

Here is the header from one of the articles overchan is having problems

  Path: news.msfc.nasa.gov!newsfeed.berkeley.edu!cyclone.swbell.net!nnrp3.rcsntx.swbell.net.POSTED!not-for-mail
  From: snaphook at NOPOTTEDMEAT.swbell.net (Bruce)
  Newsgroups: rec.sport.golf
  Subject: Re: 06 at usw-ex0102-013.remarq.com> <7tlq9l$c55 at news-central.tiac.net> <7tm0fl$4sao$1 at newssvr03-int.news.prodigy.com>
  Message-ID: <387681fd.1358952 at news.swbell.net>
  References: <387370F7.4013B9FF at am.uwplatt.edu> Xref: cyclone.swbell.net rec.arts.sf.movies:51375Re: Shimano ups the ante versus Campy!
  X-Newsreader: Forte Free Agent 1.11/32.235
  Lines: 58
  Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 00:37:33 GMT
  X-Complaints-To: abuse at swbell.net
  X-Trace: nnrp3.rcsntx.swbell.net 947291845 (Fri, 07 Jan 2000 18:37:25 CST)
  NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 18:37:25 CST
  Organization: SBC Internet Services
  Xref: news.msfc.nasa.gov rec.sport.golf:338312

I think what is happening is that overchan looks in the overview data for
an Xref: header with strstr() and thinks it has found it in the
References header line.  Then overchan can't parse the line it found and

This looks like a bug in overchan.  expireover doesn't seem to have a
problem with it, nor does nnrpd when given XOVER.

I just tried posting an article to misc.test.  It looks like this on 
my spool:

  Path: news.msfc.nasa.gov!not-for-mail
  From: news at msfc.nasa.gov (Unknown News Administrator)
  Newsgroups: misc.test
  Subject: Test Xref: zuma rec.arts.mst3k.misc:351111Re: Is this a bug in INN?
  Date: 10 Jan 2000 21:25:37 GMT
  Organization: http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/
  Lines: 1
  Message-ID: <85dioh$qdq$1 at hammer.msfc.nasa.gov>
  NNTP-Posting-Host: hammer.msfc.nasa.gov
  X-Trace: hammer.msfc.nasa.gov 947539537 27067 (10 Jan 2000 21:25:37 GMT)
  X-Complaints-To: abuse at news.msfc.nasa.gov
  NNTP-Posting-Date: 10 Jan 2000 21:25:37 GMT
  X-My-Real-Name: J. Porter Clark
  X-No-Archive: Yes
  Xref: news.msfc.nasa.gov misc.test:339446

  I'm just a-testin'.

And in my errlog:

  overchan bad entry rec/arts/mst3k/misc:351111Re:
  overchan bad entry Is
  overchan bad entry this
  overchan bad entry a
  overchan bad entry bug
  overchan bad entry in
  overchan bad entry INN?

J. Porter Clark, d/b/a
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