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.
It goes into your "rc" file, if you are using bash it'd be your .bashrc
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
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.)
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):
If you're in the terminal you can refresh your bash environment via
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
Once configured, type
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
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