archive - Usenet article archiver
archive [ -a archive ] [ -c ] [ -f ] [ -i index ] [ -p newsgroup-list ]
[ -r ] [ input ]
Archive makes copies of files specified on its standard input. It is
normally run either as a channel feed under innd(8), or by a script
before expire(8) is run.
Archive reads the named input file, or standard input if no file is
given. The input is taken as a sequence of lines; blank lines and
lines starting with a number sign (‘‘#’’) are ignored. All other lines
should specify the token of an article to archive. Every article is
retrieved from a token, and the Xref: header is used to determine the
target file in the archive directory. You can limit the targets taken
from the Xref: header with the ‘‘-p’’ option.
Files are copied to a directory within the archive directory,
<patharchive in inn.conf>. The default is to create a hierarchy that
mimics the input files; intermediate directories will be created as
needed. For example, if the input token represents article 2211 in the
newsgroup comp.sources.unix, archive will generate a copy in
<patharchive in inn.conf>/comp/sources/unix/2211.
If the ‘‘-a’’ flag is used then its argument specifies the
directory to archive in instead of <patharchive in inn.conf>.
-c If the ‘‘-c’’ flag is used, then directory names will be flat-
tened as if by the ‘‘-f’’ flag; additionally, all posts will be
concatenated into a single file , appending if the file already
exists, with the final component of the filename being YYYYMM
based on the local execution time of archive. In this case, on
December 14, 1998, the file would be copied to
<patharchive in inn.conf>/comp.sources.unix/199812.
-f If the ‘‘-f’’ flag is used, then all directory names will be
flattened out, replacing the slashes with periods. In this
case, the file would be copied to
<patharchive in inn.conf>/comp.sources.unix/2211.
-i If the ‘‘-i’’ flag is used, then archive will append one line to
the specified index file for each article that it copies. This
line will contain the destination name as well as the Message-ID
and Subject headers.
Limits the targets taken from the Xref: header to the groups
specified in newsgroup-list. The newsgroup-list is a comma-sep-
arated uwildmat(3) list of newsgroups you wish to have archive
-r By default, archive sets its standard error to
<pathlog in inn.conf>/errlog. To suppress this redirection, use
the ‘‘-r’’ flag.
If the input is exhausted, archive will exit with a zero status. If an
I/O error occures, it will try to spool its input, copying it to a
file. If there was no input filename, the standard input will be
copied to <pathoutgoing in inn.conf>/archive and the program will exit.
If an input filename was given, a temporary file named input.bch (if
input is an absolute pathname) or <pathoutgoing in inn.conf>/input.bch
(if the filename does not begin with a slash) is created. Once the
input is copied, archive will try to rename this temporary file to be
the name of the input file, and then exit.
A typical newsfeeds(5) entry to archive most source newsgroups is as
:<pathbin in inn.conf>/archive -f -i \
<patharchive in inn.conf>/INDEX
Written by Rich $alz <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews. This is
revision 1.10, dated 2002/12/03.
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