prunehistory - remove tokens from Usenet history file
prunehistory [ -f filename ] [ -p ]
Prunehistory modifies a history(5)-format text file to ‘‘remove’’ a set
of tokens from it. The tokens are removed by overwriting them with
spaces, so that the size and position of any following entries does not
change. This has an effect similar to expiring the article, in that it
is still mentioned in the history database but cannot be retrieved.
Prunehistory reads the standard input. The input is taken as a set of
lines. Blank lines and lines starting with a number sign (‘‘#’’) are
ignored. All other lines are should consist of a Message-ID followed
by zero or more other fields (which are ignored).
The Message-ID is used as the dbz(3) key to get an offset into the text
Since innd(8) only appends to the text file, prunehistory does not need
to have any interaction with it.
-p Prunehistory will normally complain about lines that do not fol-
low the correct format. If the ‘‘-p’’ flag is used, then the
program will silently print any invalid lines on its standard
output. (Blank lines and comment lines are also passed
through.) This can be useful when prunehistory is used as a
filter for other programs such as reap.
The default name of the history file is
<pathdb in inn.conf>/history; to specify a different name, use
the ‘‘-f’’ flag.
Written by Rich $alz <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews. This is
revision 1.8, dated 2002/12/03.
dbz(3), history(5), inn.conf(5), innd(8).
Man(1) output converted with