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       slrnpull - Pull a small newsfeed for offline reading.


       slrnpull  [-d spooldir] [-h server] [--debug file] [--expire] [--fetch-
       score n] [--help] [--kill-log file] [--kill-score  n]  [--logfile file]
       [--marked-bodies]  [--new-groups]  [--no-post]  [--post]  [--post-only]
       [--rebuild] [--version]


       slrnpull pulls a small newsfeed from an NNTP server.  It puts the arti-
       cles  into  a spool directory from which slrn can later read them, even
       if the server is unreachable at that time.  Typically, this  is  useful
       if you do not have a permanent network connection.


       The  following  options can be used when calling slrnpull from the com-
       mand line.

       -d spooldir
              Set slrnpull’s root directory for this run to spooldir, overrid-
              ing the $SLRNPULL_ROOT environment variable.

       -h host[:port]
              Connect  to  the NNTP server on host, overriding the $NNTPSERVER
              environment variable.  If no port is  given,  the  default  NNTP
              port (119) will be used.

       --debug file
              Write  dialogue  with  the  server and some additional debugging
              output to file.

              Expire (remove) old messages from the spool, but  do  not  fetch

       --fetch-score n
              Fetch  article  bodies  with a score of at least n automatically
              (in true offline mode, the default is to fetch only bodies  that
              were explicitly marked by the user).

       --help Show help for command line switches.

       --kill-log file
              Keep  a log of all articles that were killed by the scorefile in
              file.  By default, no such logfile is created.

       --kill-score n
              Kill all articles with a score below n.  The default  value  for
              this is 0.

       --logfile file
              Log  the  messages and errors that slrnpull prints to the screen
              to file.  By default, they get written to the file log in  slrn-
              pull’s root directory.

              Only fetch bodies that were marked for download within slrn.

              Check  for  new groups, appending them to the file new.groups in
              the data directory.

              Do not post any articles to the server.

       --post Obsolete version of --post-only.

              Post outgoing articles, but do not fetch news.

              Like --expire, but also rebuild the overview information.  To be
              used when the overview information is damaged.

              Print the version number.


       slrnpull reads the following environment variables.  Note that they can
       be overridden by command line switches.

              You can use this variable to tell slrnpull which NNTP server  to
              connect to.  It can be overridden by the command line option -h.

              Defines the directory where slrnpull will look for its  configu-
              ration  files  and  spool the articles.  An absolute filename is
              needed here.  This can be overriden by the option -d.


              If the server requires authentication, this file needs  to  con-
              tain  the data (username in the first line, password in the sec-
              ond).  Be careful not to make this file world-readable!

              The default file to log status and error messages to.

              If you want slrnpull to apply  scoring  rules  to  decide  which
              articles to download, put them into this file.

              The  main  configuration file.  It tells slrnpull how many arti-
              cles to get from which groups and when to expire them.


       The documentation that  comes  with  slrnpull,  especially  README  and
       SETUP. The FAQ of slrn also answers some questions about slrnpull.

       You   might   also   want   to  look  at  slrn’s  official  home  page, or post to  if  you
       have a question not covered by existing documentation.

       The  latest  version  of slrnpull is part of the slrn package available


       John E. Davis <>

       Please send any bug reports to the current maintainer,  Thomas  Schultz

Unix                            September 2004                     slrnpull(1)

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