Skip site navigation (1)Skip section navigation (2)

FreeBSD Manual Pages


home | help
SCANSPOOL(8)		  InterNetNews Documentation		  SCANSPOOL(8)

       scanspool - Perform a sanity scan over all articles in news spool

       scanspool [-cnv]	[-a active-file] [-s spool-dir]

       scanspool is a Perl script for use with a tradspool article spool.  It
       will scan the active file as well as all	articles in the	spool and
       report on the errors it encounters.  As this may	take a while, using
       the -v switch is	recommended to see how far the program has progressed.

       First, scanspool	scans the active file, noting problems such as:

       o   malformed lines;

       o   newsgroups aliased to a non-existent	newsgroup;

       o   newsgroups aliased to a newsgroup that is also aliased.

       Then it will examine all	articles under your news spool directory,
       complaining about articles that:

       o   have	a basename that	starts with a leading 0;

       o   have	a basename that	is out of range	according to the active	file;

       o   do not contain a Newsgroups header field;

       o   are all header and no text;

       o   are in a directory for which	there is no newsgroup in the active

       o   are in a newsgroup to which they do not belong.

       scanspool understands aliased newsgroups.  Thus,	if an article is
       posted to that is aliased to, it will be expected
       to be found under and not

       Articles	posted to a newsgroup of status	"j" or "x" (the	fourth field
       of the active file) will	be expected to show up under the junk group.

       scanspool assumes that the path of a valid newsgroup's directory	from
       the root	of the spool tree will not contain any "." character.  Thus,
       directories such	as out.going, tmp.dir, in.coming and news.archive will
       not be searched.	 This program also assumes that	article	basenames
       contain only decimal digits.  Last, files under the top level directory
       lost+found are not scanned.

       -a active-file
	   The active file to use; pathdb/active is the	default.

       -c  Only	check article filenames.  scanspool will therefore not
	   actually scan the Newsgroups	header field of	the articles.

       -n  Don't throttle innd while scanning.

       -s spool-dir
	   The root of the spool tree; patharticles is the default.

       -v  Setting this	flag enables a verbose mode.  scanspool	will then
	   print which newsgroup is currently worked upon.  It will list all
	   the articles	found in non-active directories	(that is to say
	   articles sorted into	groups no longer present in the	active file),
	   rather than just printing the group once.

       The output of scanspool will start with one of the following forms:

       "FATAL:"	(to stderr)
	   Fatal or internal error.

       "WARN:" (to stderr)
	   active or article format problem, newsgroup alias problem, find(1)
	   error, article open error.

       "path/123:" (to stdout)
	   Issues such as:

	   o   basename	starts with 0;

	   o   article number out of range;

	   o   article in the wrong directory;

	   o   article in a directory not related to an	active non-aliased

       "\t ..."	(to stdout)
	   Verbose messages start with a tab.

       scanspool is unable to detect and properly deal with spool formats
       other than tradspool.  However, if the files that store your articles
       are named other than just all-digits, they will simply be skipped (and
       your active is still checked).

       scanspool only considers	the first line of the Newsgroups header	field.
       Continuation lines are not taken	into account.

       scanspool was written by	Landon Curt Noll (chongo was here  /\../\).

       This manual page	was written by Florian Schlichting, largely based on
       comments	in the script.


INN 2.7.0			  2021-10-21			  SCANSPOOL(8)


Want to link to this manual page? Use this URL:

home | help