Approving messages on moderate newsgroups
rra at stanford.edu
Mon Apr 10 08:22:46 UTC 2000
Catalin Braica <catalin at edulib.ro> writes:
> I just installed inn2.2.1 on a linux machine. I want to have only some
> local groups, not to fetch groups from another server. Then, I want to
> have 2 groups with read/post allowed from everywhere, and a third group
> (announcement) readable by everyone, but with posting allowed from only
> some hosts.
> Is this possible ? I look into the code, and it seems not possible.
> (if it is, please give me an example of a nnrp.access file)
You can't do this easily in INN 2.2. It's possible in INN 2.3 using
> Anyway, a workaround for this was to make that group moderated, so only
> allowed messages will get posted.
> Ok, I did that, and when someone posts a message it gets mailed to
> I guess that after that, the moderator should use inews to approve the
> message, but isn't there another way ?
Not really. You can write a script to automate the procedure, of course
(and most moderators do).
> I also looked a bit into the code (grep) and saw that HDR(_approved)
> gets set only in inews, and doesn't check for the moderator email to see
> it is ok, or some sort of authentication that the message was really
Yup, known large design flaw in how Usenet works. Fixing it is hard, and
it's not specific to INN.
Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>
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