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NEWSAUX(8CN)							  NEWSAUX(8CN)

NAME
       spacefor	- check	available space	for news
       queuelen	- get length of	outbound-news uucp queues
       sizeof -	get size of file(s) for	news
       ctime,  getabsdate  - convert dates to and from internal	representation
       for news
       newshostname - get host name for	news
       gngp - search text using	a newsgroup pattern
       canonhdr	- extract header and canonicalize
       newslock	- do locking for news

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/spacefor filesize location [ site ]
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/queuelen site
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/sizeof [ -i ] file ...
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/ctime [	-i ] [ -u ] decimaldate
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/getabsdate absolute-printable-date
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/newshostname
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/gngp [ -arv ] ngpattern	file ...
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/canonhdr [ -dm ] [ file	] ...
       /usr/local/libexec/cnews/newslock locktemp lockname

DESCRIPTION
       These programs are minor	utilities used by various parts	of C News.

       Spacefor	determines how many files of size filesize can fit in location
       (incoming,  articles,  control,	archive,  or outbound to site) without
       cramping	things unduly.	The precise locations of these places, and how
       low  space gets before it is unduly cramped, are	site-specific.	Space-
       for invokes df(1) or the	equivalent system call to determine the	avail-
       able space.

       Queuelen	reports	how many news batches uucp has queued up for site.

       Sizeof  reports	the  total  number of bytes in the file(s).  (This may
       seem redundant with ls -l, but the format of ls -l varies between  sys-
       tems  and sizeof	looks after all	that.)	Nonexistent files are silently
       ignored.	 If the	-i option is given, sizeof prints one line per (exist-
       ing) file, with name and	size, and does not print the total.

       Ctime  and  getabsdate convert dates in human-readable form to (getabs-
       date) and from (ctime) decimal ASCII representations of Unix's internal
       integer	dates.	 Their functionality resembles that of their namesakes
       in the C	library.  Getabsdate parses only absolute dates, not  relative
       dates.	Under  -u,  ctime will print GMT instead of local time.	 Under
       -i, ctime will print the	time in	GMT in Internet	format.

       Newshostname reports the	name of	this system for	news  purposes.	  This
       may  differ from	the name of the	particular CPU it is run on; a cluster
       of CPUs sharing a filesystem tree would all have	the same  newshostname
       name.   Typically newshostname gets the name from /var/lib/news/whoami;
       failing that, it	consults various  other	 possible  sources  (e.g.  the
       hostname	command).

       Gngp  resembles	grep except that its search is based on	newsgroup pat-
       terns (e.g. `comp', which matches `comp',  `comp.lang',	`comp.lang.c',
       ...;  `comp,!comp.lang.c'  which	matches	`comp' and `comp.lang' but not
       `comp.lang.c'; etc.).  Gngp prints only the line(s) that	contain	a sub-
       string  that  matches  the  ngpattern.  Normally	the substring must run
       from a point in the line	to its end.  If	the -a flag is given, the eli-
       gible  substrings  start	 at the	beginning of the line and end at white
       space or	the end	of the line.  The -v option prints only	lines that  do
       not  match.  The	-r flag	reverses the inputs, with patterns coming from
       the file	and the	argument taken as the line(s).

       Canonhdr	takes the concatenation	of its input file(s)  (standard	 input
       if  none)  as  an article, and outputs the header from the article with
       header keywords canonicalized for easier	processing.   Canonicalization
       forces  all  alphabetics	 to lower case except the first	letter of each
       (hyphen-separated) word in the keyword, which is	forced to upper	 case.
       (One  exception:	 ``Message-ID''	is the canonical form of [e.g.]	``mes-
       sage-id''.)  Under -d, canonhdr will also canonicalise dates  in	 Date:
       and  Expires: headers, adding a Date: header if none is present.	 Under
       -m, it will accept RFC 822 headers and rewrite them as RFC  1036	 head-
       ers.

       Newslock	 makes a link named lockname to	the file locktemp, and returns
       exit status 0 for success, 1 if the link	could not be  made  (typically
       because lockname	already	existed).  This	is used	for shell-file locking
       in C News.  It is a subset of ln(1) except that (a) no  error  messages
       are  ever  produced  and	(b) the	link is	guaranteed to fail if lockname
       already exists.	(Some brain-damaged versions of	 ln  helpfully	remove
       lockname	in that	case, making them useless for locking.)

FILES
       /usr/spool/uucp/*       uucp queues
       /var/lib/news/whoami    news host name
       /var/lib/news/L.*       lock temporaries
       /var/lib/news/LOCK*     lock files

SEE ALSO
       df(1), uucp(1), ls(1), ctime(3),	grep(1), newsdb(5), expire(8CN), news-
       batch(8CN), rnews(8CN), newsmaint(8CN)
       Internet	RFCs 822, 1036 and 1123

HISTORY
       Written at U of Toronto by Henry	Spencer	and Geoff Collyer.

BUGS
       Spacefor	and queuelen are unfortunately somewhat	system-specific, since
       df output and uucp file layout vary between different versions.	(Using
       system calls in spacefor	doesn't	help, as the system calls differ too.)

       Queuelen	probably ought to count	bytes rather than  batches,  but  that
       would make its system-dependency	even worse.

       The need	for sizeof and newslock	is a botch.

       Ctime  probably	shouldn't  assume GMT under -i,	but dealing with local
       time zones gets into a swamp of portability problems.

				  25 Aug 1994			  NEWSAUX(8CN)

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