moving newsgroups to new inn installation on a different computer

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Tue Jan 29 21:37:23 UTC 2002

On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Adi Sieker wrote:

> 1. copy the patharticles directory over to the new computer (the inn
>    installation on the new computer is configured to use tradspool).
> 2. copy the active and history.* files over to the new computer.
> 3. start inn on the new computer.
> The old version of inn is 2.2.1. The new version is 2.3.2

Two things:

- This won't work.  The storage format changed significantly
  between 2.2 and 2.3.  You can make it work by just copying
  the articles and then using makehistory to rebuild the
  databases, but that is not recommended (because there's
  something odd with makehistory in 2.3).

- The correct solution is to set up INN on the new computer
  to accept articles from the old computer (be sure to set
  the artcutoff in inn.conf so that you don't reject the
  articles because they're old) and then *feed* the articles
  across.  There are detailed instructions on this in the FAQ:

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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