Readers.conf: help needed (was: my distaste for readers.conf grows)

Russ Allbery rra at
Mon Apr 10 08:20:09 UTC 2000

Elena Samsonova <E.Samsonova at> writes:

> 1) IP authentication: allow unlimited access to the server for anyone
> coming from 123.45.67/19.

> 2) If the person did not come through 1), then have him send you his
> user name and password which you can then catch with another program
> (i.e.  authenticate against Radius or LDAP).

Aidan, could you check me on this?  I'm pretty sure that the following
will do it:

    auth local {
        default: <LOCAL>

    auth remote {
        auth: "ckpasswd -f /path/to/username/passwd/database"
        default: <FAIL>

    access full {
        users: "*, !<FAIL>"
        newsgroups: *

    access fail {
        users: <FAIL>
        newsgroups: !*

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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