Removing unwanted Newsgroups

Russ Allbery rra at
Fri Apr 19 19:01:50 UTC 2002

Jeffrey M Vinocur <jeff at> writes:
> On Fri, 19 Apr 2002, Sundaram Divya-QDIVYA1 wrote:

>> When I created the my current news service, I had used the active file
>> from a peer server that had over 15000 bogus (hipcrime) newsgroups
>> created as well. These are now on my server as well. How do I remove
>> all these unwanted newsgroups? The man page for ctlinnd suggests that
>> doing a rmgroup will generate an e-mail sent to the peers?

> ctlinnd is fine, it will not generate any email.  However, if you've got
> that many changes to make, the easiest thing is to simply take the
> server down for a few minutes, edit the active file by hand, and then
> restart the server.

The only problem with this approach is that it doesn't delete the old
overview information for those groups, if any.  If you don't use ctlinnd,
you have to delete those by hand.

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