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REPORT(8CN)							   REPORT(8CN)

NAME
       report -	report news problems and status

SYNOPSIS
       ...  | /usr/local/libexec/cnews/report [	-u ] subject

DESCRIPTION
       Report  is  used	 to report the problems	and status of the news system,
       normally	by mail.  The subject is a single argument (normally  enclosed
       in  quotes) summarizing what the	message	is about; the message text it-
       self is supplied	to report on standard input.  If the message  text  is
       empty, report does not send anything.

       The  -u	option	indicates that the message is urgent, which may	affect
       how it is mailed	or to whom.

       Report consults a control file, /var/lib/news/report.ctl, to  determine
       the  destination(s) of mail.  The control file is syntactically a shell
       file, which should assign to the	shell variables	 urgentto  and	nonur-
       gentto.	 The  values should be one or more mailing addresses, in what-
       ever form the local mailer wants, separated  by	commas	(and  possibly
       white  space as well).  They should not contain material	other than ad-
       dresses,	e.g. RFC822 comments containing	full names etc.

       Report is supplied as a central handling	facility  for  error  messages
       and  status  reports  for  C News, so that changes and customization in
       this often-system-specific area can be done in a	single program.

FILES
       /var/lib/news/report.ctl

SEE ALSO
       mail(1)

HISTORY
       Written by Henry	Spencer	for the	C News project.

BUGS
       There is	too much stupid	and unnecessary	diversity  among  mailer  user
       interfaces  for a single	implementation of report to be entirely	satis-
       factory.	 In particular,	the incantation	to send	a message which	is al-
       ready equipped with some	of its RFC822 headers is very system-specific.

       The  don't-send-empty-messages  business	 is  perhaps inelegant,	but it
       turns out to be very convenient.

				  22 Aug 1994			   REPORT(8CN)

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