Is INN the right solution?

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Mon Aug 19 01:42:31 UTC 2002

On Mon, 12 Aug 2002, Engstrom_Carl at wrote:

> I'm using the RPMs for easy of use...though inn isn't exactly easy...and
> I've loaded up suck to pull feeds in from my ISP.  But now I'm having
> second thoughts...Am I making my life more difficult than it needs to
> be?  

Hard to say.  If you want a full-featured news server, then your approach 
seems reasonable.  

There are alternative solutions, e.g. newscache, leafnode, but I'm not
familiar with any of those.  You might try looking around at and learning more about the choices.

> I thought that the only way to do this was by setting up INN with SUCK.  The
> problem is that I can't figure out how to set this solution up correctly.  

Well, if you want INN, then there are two ways to get news:
- have your ISP push the articles to you
- use a tool like suck

> a) Can I use suck with cnfs storage on the INN side?


> b) Is there a GOOD reference for setting up suck properly?  Most of the docs
> that I've run across are either in German or are not complete.

No idea

> c) Is there a better pull program for INN?

Some people use newsx.  I've never used either.

> d) Do you think that I could use the native pullers/streamers etc with INN
> to get news from my ISP?

As mentioned above, only if your ISP cooperates.  (Which they might do, if 
you're doing something legit, in order to reduce load on the server.)

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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