Expiring News

In B News, expiration needs to be performed by a program called expire, which took a list of newsgroups as arguments, along with a time specification after which articles had to be expired. To have different hierarchies expire at different times, you had to write a script that invoked expire for each of them separately. C News offers a more convenient solution. In a file called explist, you may specify newsgroups and expiration intervals. A command called doexpire is usually run once a day from cron and processes all groups according to this list.

Occasionally, you may want to retain articles from certain groups even after they have been expired; for example, you might want to keep programs posted to comp.sources.unix. This is called archiving. explist permits you to mark groups for archiving.

An entry in explist looks like this:


grouplist is a comma-separated list of newsgroups to which the entry applies. Hierarchies may be specified by giving the group name prefix, optionally appended with all. For example, for an entry applying to all groups below comp.os, enter either comp.os or comp.os.all.

When expiring news from a group, the name is checked against all entries in explist in the order given. The first matching entry applies. For example, to throw away the majority of comp after four days, except for comp.os.linux.announce, which you want to keep for a week, you simply have an entry for the latter, which specifies a seven-day ...

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