Begginer questions: please be patient!

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Tue Nov 18 16:08:51 UTC 2003

On Tue, 18 Nov 2003, Guich wrote:

> 1. Prohibit attachments: messages with attachments would be deleted or the
> attachment would be simply stripped.

Prohibition is easy with something like Cleanfeed, or even better with a
posting filter, but people certainly do this sort of thing.  Modification
of news articles is generally consdired a bad idea, so INN doesn't have 
support for that.

> 2. Immediate delivering: no delays between send and receive (CNews takes 5
> minutes)


> 3. Can read MBox files (this would be great, bc i only have the old
> newsgroup files in mbox format.

INN doesn't, although with a little scripting you could probably make 
those into rnews batch format.

The much easier solution is to leave the old news server running and
transfer the messages with something like "pullnews" (in the INN
distribution).  You want to do something like this:

except with pullnews instead of the perl/innxmit command that's provided.

> 4. Are there any ways to collect how many requests are made daily? Or how
> many people... some stats would be great.

Sure, innreport produces nightly email reports, and can also produce HTML 
reports if desired.  (Google for "innreport" and you'll find lots of 
examples of what this looks like.)

> 5. Can it interface clearly with google news front-end?

I don't understand this question.

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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