INN commit: trunk/doc (FAQ)

INN Commit rra at
Sat Jun 29 21:49:02 UTC 2013

    Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 14:49:01
  Author: eagle
Revision: 9498

Add tips for running INN on Mac OS X from Richard Tobin

>From <kqmc6u$30ne$1 at> in


 FAQ |   35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 35 insertions(+)

Modified: FAQ
--- FAQ	2013-06-25 17:40:59 UTC (rev 9497)
+++ FAQ	2013-06-29 21:49:01 UTC (rev 9498)
@@ -75,6 +75,7 @@
     5.2.  Using raw devices on Solaris destroys the partition table
     5.3.  Will INN run on Windows?
     5.4.  Why aren't INN's files where the documentation says they are?
+    5.5.  Running INN on Mac OS X
 6.  How Do I...
     6.1.  Set up a server with no external feeds, just local groups
@@ -1039,6 +1040,40 @@
+Subject: 5.5. Running INN on Mac OS X
+Richard Tobin provided the following advice in on
+2013-06-29 based on experience with running INN on Snow Leopard:
+    Mac OS X, at least through the GUI, won't let you create a group with
+    the same name as a user.  So you can't use "news" for both.
+    The Perl module GD isn't installed by default.  GPG is not installed
+    by default.
+    You probably want to turn off Spotlight for the news spool directory.
+    Configure didn't get the Perl compile flags right.  PERL_CPPFLAGS had
+    "-arch x86_64 -arch i386 -arch ppc", but on this x86_64 machine the
+    files for the other architectures don't seem to be installed.  I
+    edited by hand to remove them.
+    I needed to tell the application firewall to allow innd to accept
+    incoming connections.  (A window pops up to ask you, but this doesn't
+    help when you're connected by ssh!)
+    When I ran form a terminal window, it stopped working when I
+    logged out.  This is because of MacOS's convoluted and undocumented
+    way of doing DNS lookups.  Using "nohup" fixed it -- not because of
+    anything to do with SIGHUP, but because nohup calls an undocumented
+    function related to "vprocmgr".  Running from launchd shouldn't have
+    this problem, and it appears to be fixed in Mountain Lion.
+The Perl flags come from the Perl configuration, so this problem may be
+fixed with newer builds of Mac OS X.
 Subject: 6. How Do I...
 This section documents various common or uncommon tasks or configurations

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