Trying to configure slrn

I've installed slrn on my RPi B+, but I'm stuck on the next step of
entering NNTPSERVER information. Where/how is that done? I've googled
numerous sites, but can't find any specific Raspberry Pi guidance.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
Ray
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RRansil
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It is an environment variable, like $PATH. Use the shell export command or supply it on the command line.
You could have found the information with man slrn.
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Tauno Voipio
It goes into your "rc" file, if you are using bash it'd be your .bashrc Something like:
NNTPSERVER='server.name.here.in.singlequotes' EDITOR=emacs export NNTPSERVER EDITOR
OK, you might not want emacs, but I can't imagine why. Other shells use other syntax, c-shelly things use (something like) setenv NNTPSERVER server.name.here That would go into your .cshrc
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ERSHC
where does the password go?
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The Natural Philosopher
In my .slrnrc I have, e.g.,
server "server.name.org" ".jnewsrc-name"" nnrpaccess "server.name.org" "username" "password"
This is then invoked with
slrn -h server.name.org
(I use multiple NNTP servers for different private groups.)
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Roger Bell_West
On Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:56 -0700, RRansil , > I've installed slrn on my RPi B+, but I'm stuck on the next step of
There is nothing about slrn that is Pi specific. Hell, it can be made to run on windows!
With bash as your shell, set your NNTPSERVER in your ~/.bashrc like so (server name chosen to be consistent with the slrn example file):
export NNTPSERVER='news.doe.com'
If you're in the terminal you can refresh your bash environment via
. ~/.bashrc echo $NNTPSERVER
You need a ~/.slrnrc file. If you installed from a proper .deb package, you should have this file: /usr/share/doc/slrn/examples/slrn.rc.gz and in there, we see these entries under "Server specific settings":
% Tell slrn which newsrc file it should use for which server. % Note: This does *not* set the default server; you need to set the % NNTPSERVER environment variable for this. %server "news.doe.com" ".jnewsrc-doe"
% If a server requires authentication, add a nnrpaccess line for it. % If you leave username and/or password empty, slrn will prompt for it. %nnrpaccess "news.doe.com" "john" "secret"
In fact, the easiest thing to do would be the following:
gunzip -c /usr/share/doc/slrn/examples/slrn.rc.gz > ~/.slrnrc
then edit your ~/.slrnrc file to point to your news server, and any username and/or password required. If you put in the password in the file, you may want to do a
chmod go-rwx ~/.slrnrc
to make it unreadable from any accounts not you or root. If it is a single user system behind a good firewall, then that's probably an "eh".
Once configured, type
slrn
and you should have usenet reading goodness at your finger tips. And if you examine the entirety of ~/.slrn there is a lot more that can be configured, but can be safely ignored until you need to or want to make changes.
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I R A Darth Aggie
Sincere thanks to all who replied. I'm posting this from slrn! Special thanks to IRA Darth Aggie for the "gunzip" suggestion. That saved me a lot of time. Your help is appreciated.
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