Automatic Creation and Deletion of Newsgroups

Julien ÉLIE julien at
Sat Jul 19 21:46:07 UTC 2008

Hi Brad,

> I'd like the creation and removal of newsgroups to automatically
> propagate from one server to another. I added the following two lines to
> the control.ctl files of my two servers:
> newgroup:*:*:doit
> rmgroup:*:*:doit

The control.ctl file is used for *articles* which arrive to your news server
(there is a controlchan entry in your newsfeeds file).
It is useful when a hierarchy administrator wishes to add a new group:  he sends
a special article which is then processed by your news server.

> I then executed the following on one of my servers:
> ctlinnd newgroup testGroup

It is a *local* creation (and it does not use control.ctl).

> Sure enough, the new group shows up in my browser connected to the
> server. However, the new group does not show up one the second server.
> What else do I need to do to make this happen?

I think the easiest thing would be to run "actsync" on the second news server.
Put it in your crontab (each hour for instance).

See the examples at the bottom of the man page.

Julien ÉLIE

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