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PROCBATCH(8)		  InterNetNews Documentation		  PROCBATCH(8)

NAME
       procbatch - Process an INN funnel file or innfeed-dropped file

SYNOPSIS
       procbatch [-hquv] [-c [-s spooldir]] [-d	outdir]	[-e peer] [-m [-t
       backlogdir]] batchfile

DESCRIPTION
       procbatch will take an INN funnel or innfeed-dropped file and split it
       up by host for direct processing	with innfeed or	innxmit.

       While funnel files will normally	only be	of interest after a crash,
       innfeed may drop	articles for a variety of reasons, not all of which
       indicate	a fundamental problem.	For example, innfeed may drop articles
       when started and	stopped	in quick succession while INN processes	a
       large number of control messages	(a temporary indisposition), or	when
       INN feeds it articles for a site	that isn't in innfeed.conf (a
       misconfiguration).

       Every running innfeed opens a file named	innfeed-dropped._id_, which
       should normally always be zero length and deleted on exit.  If there
       are non-zero length files, innfeed has dropped some articles, and those
       dropped article files have to be	processed or those articles will never
       be sent to peers.  Though news.daily automatically process these	files
       (invoking procbatch), it	is also	possible to do that manually.  First
       make sure that the file doesn't correspond to a currently running
       innfeed,	for example by calling "ctlinnd	flush innfeed!".

       An INN funnel file, or an innfeed-dropped file, will usually be of the
       format:

	   pathname message-id peer1 peer2 peer3 ...

       where pathname can alternatively	be a storage API token.

       procbatch will break this file up into files named peer1.tmp,
       peer2.tmp, peer3.tmp, etc. of the format:

	   pathname message-id

       These tape files	will be	sorted and stripped of duplicate entries.
       Simply renaming them to peer1, peer2, peer3, etc. in a running
       innfeed's backlog directory will	cause them to be picked	up
       automatically by	innfeed	every backlog-newfile-period seconds (as set
       in in innfeed.conf).  Use the -m	flag to	have procbatch rename and move
       them into place automatically.

       After running procbatch,	you may	want to	make sure that every generated
       backlog file has	a corresponding	".lock"	file.  Otherwise, innfeed
       doesn't have that site configured as a peer, meaning your innfeed.conf
       may need	fixing.

OPTIONS
       -c  Check for the existence of an article before	writing	references to
	   it to the tape files.  Currently, this option can only be used with
	   a tradspool article store.  Using it	with any other spool format
	   will	lead to	all articles being dropped.

       -d outdir
	   Put the output file(s) into the directory outdir (defaults to
	   pathtmp as set in inn.conf).	 When also specifying -m, the
	   temporary output files will still be	put here before	being moved
	   into	their final location.

       -e peer
	   Only	process	entries	for peer.

       -h  Display a short help	screen.

       -m  Directly append to tape files in innfeed's backlog directory.

       -q  Quiet mode:	only display error messages.

       -s spooldir
	   Use spooldir	as the location	of the article spool (defaults to
	   patharticles	as set in inn.conf).  This option has an effect	only
	   on a	tradspool storage system when also specifying -c.

       -t backlogdir
	   Use backlogdir as the location of the innfeed backlog directory
	   (the	directory where	the created tape files will be put).  Defaults
	   to pathspool/innfeed.  This option has an effect only when also
	   specifying -m.

       -u  Unlink the input batchfile after processing.

       -v  Add verbosity.

EXAMPLES
       Take the	file innfeed-dropped.B012345, process its lines	appending to
       tapefiles in innfeed's backlog directory, and remove it when done.  Be
       verbose while doing so:

	   procbatch -umv innfeed-dropped.B012345

       Go through innfeed-dropped.B012345 saving entries for "peer1" in
       /tmp/peer1.tmp, but only	if the articles	are still available in the
       local tradspool:

	   procbatch -e	peer1 -d /tmp -c innfeed-dropped.B012345

BUGS
       procbatch should	be able	to check for the existence of articles with
       any kind	of article store, possibly using grephistory.

HISTORY
       procbatch was written by	James Brister and improved for speed by
       Clayton O'Neill.

       This manual page	was written by Florian Schlichting, with the help of a
       memo by Russ Allbery.

       $Id: procbatch.pod 9371 2011-09-04 09:21:43Z iulius $

SEE ALSO
       filechan(8), innfeed(8),	innxmit(8), news.daily(8).

INN 2.6.3			  2015-09-12			  PROCBATCH(8)

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