Fwd: Support for GZipped-Batches in sendbatch?

Russ Allbery rra at stanford.edu
Thu Jul 19 21:34:54 UTC 2001

Frank D Cringle <fdc at cliwe.ping.de> writes:

> Note that rnews explicitly recognizes '#! cunbatch' and feeds the batch
> to _PATH_GZIP -d in that case.

Oh... I didn't know that.  That's really weird.  Okay, this whole bit of
unpacking compressed batches is even more baroque than I thought it was.

I'm changing it back to cunbatch.  Now I understand why there was a +g
option to force gunbatch instead of cunbatch.  Will fix.

> I prefer to interpret the 'c' in cunbatch as generic 'compressed' rather
> than as distinguishing the algorithm.

It means that rnews potentially breaks entirely on systems that don't have
gzip installed, and the man page currently lies because _PATH_GZIP is
always either gzip or empty in current INN, never compress (I may have
broken that by not understanding how _PATH_GZIP was used).  Whee.  This
area badly needs some cleanup and I don't have time to do it right now,
but I will put sendbatch back to Jochen's original suggestion.

Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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