Virtual Domains

Michael michaeln at
Thu Sep 14 03:00:09 UTC 2000


Thank you for your reply.

Yes, the second is the ideal, but if it's not really possible, then the next
best method would do.  I see all sorts of options with regards to passwords
etc. so I see how the I could somewhat accomplish my task.  I'm just looking
for the best way.  To recap, here's exactly what I'm trying to do:

I have two domains (actually much more, but using yours...)

I want users who use and to see
an entirely different list of servers.  Ideally, these would be public
servers that you'd just connect to.  If that can't be done, what is the best
way to implement this?  Here is what I've seen:

 - Give each domain their own login (login: domain, password: news! etc.)
 - By login, specify what newsgroups they see

Is this the best that I can do?  The server has 7 IP addresses bound to it,
but I have much more than 7 domains which would like news services.  Here's
my background:  I offer a free webhosting/email service as a hobby.  All of
the organizations must be non-profit and must get no more than 30,000 hits
per day.  It's a pretty diverse group so I don't want any groups from
certain domains to get mixed in with the site that I run for the
Presbyterian Church.  ;-)

I hope this makes sense.  Let me know if I've left anything unclear.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin McKinnon" <kevin at>
To: "Michael" <michaeln at>; <inn-workers at>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 4:40 PM
Subject: Re: Virtual Domains

> > It's clear that this must be done with the readers.conf, but what's the
> > way?  Is the domain passed on to innd when a user tries to connect much
> > the name based virtual hosting of Apache?  For example, the domain is
> > passed onto an FTP daemon thus FTP virtual hosting cannot be done solely
> > with names but must be done with IP addresses.  This isn't really
> > in the man page of readers.conf so I was wondering what the experience
> > from users who have actually tried this.
> Michael,
> Can we clarify exactly what you are trying to accomplish here?
> (Using my domains in example...)
> It's very easy to do if you want all customers coming in from
> addresses to get one set of groups, and another
> group of customers coming in from to get another set
> of groups.
> If, on the other hand, you want to operate it so that an individual
> customer gets one set of groups if they connect to
> '' and a different set of groups (same
> customer, same IP address/hostname) if they connect to
> '' then things get more complicated.
> Which is it that you're going for??
> Best regards,
> Kev
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> Kevin McKinnon, Sr. News Administrator              news at
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