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Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

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slrn — stdin  stdout  - file  -- opt  --help  --version

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slrn [options]

slrn is a Usenet newsreader. Before using it, you must specify a news server by setting your shell’s NNTPSERVER variable:

$ export NNTPSERVER=news.example.com

Then create a newsgroups file (only if you haven’t used slrn on this computer before):

$ slrn --create

and start reading news:

$ slrn

When invoked, slrn displays the News Groups page with a list of your subscribed newsgroups. Some useful commands are:

Keystroke

Meaning

q

Quit slrn.

Down

Select next newsgroup.

Up

Select previous newsgroup.

Enter

Read the selected newsgroup.

p

Post a new article in the selected newsgroup.

a

Add a new newsgroup (you must know the name).

u

Unsubscribe from the selected newsgroup (it will be removed after you quit). Type s to resubscribe.

When you press Enter to read a newsgroup, slrn displays a Group page, containing the available discussions (or “threads”) in that newsgroup. Some useful commands on this page are:

Keystroke

Meaning

q

Quit and go back to the News Groups page.

Down

Select next thread.

Up

Select previous thread.

Enter

Begin reading the selected thread.

c

Mark all threads as read (“catch up”): type ESCAPE u to undo.

Commands while reading an article include:

Keystroke

Meaning

q

Quit reading and return to the Group page.

Space bar

Go to next page of article.

b

Go back to previous page of article.

r

Reply to the author by email.

f

Post a followup article. ...

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