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Subject: What's New in the NN FAQ

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Archive-name: usenet/software/nn/faq/contents Last-modified: $Date: 2002/07/16 19:29:57 $ Version: $Revision: 20020716.1 $ Posting-Frequency: monthly
Folks, The last time the FAQ was updated was on or around 02 Jul 2002. This article is posted monthly and contains a summary of recent changes, the table of contents, and instructions for obtaining the FAQ at the bottom. 02 July 2002 Changed Questions 01.02 What is the current... Updated version number. 24 February 2002 Changed Questions 01.02 What is the current... Updated version number. Changed title. 01.03 Where can I get nn? Removed version number. 02.01 What machines does nn... Added Mac OS X. Minor modifications. 18 October 2001 nn-6.6.2 is out. 01.02 What is the current... Updated version number. 01.03 Where can I get nn? Updated version number, fixed URL. 06.06 ..download news to my PC? Rewritten from scratch. 24 September 2001 nn-6.6.0 is out. New "Questions" nn-use-urlview Pipe an article to urlview. Changed Questions 01.02 What is the current... Updated version number. 01.03 Where can I get nn? New link, new name, slightly new design. 02.01 ...machines...nn run on? Tried to update it a little (again). Deleted "Questions" lynxify nn-use-lynx/urlview seems to be better. 29 July 2001 Slight renumbering due to the deleted questions. It seems to be unknown what kind of current hardware and operating systems nn can be run on. New Questions 05.07 Why do I get a "Canceled or expired" error? Changed Questions 02.01 ...machines...nn run on? Tried to update it a little. Deleted Questions 02.04 ...nn on Alpha/OSF? Doesn't seem to be a problem. 02 February 2001 Changed Questions 1.03 Where can I get nn... Now there is nndev.org. 26 September 2000 Changed Questions 1.02 What is the current... Updated version number. 1.03 Where can I get nn? Merged with 2.03 Unofficial patches for... 1.04 What references exist... Updated and deleted several links. Deleted Questions 2.03 Unofficial patches for... Merged with 1.03 Where can I get... 10.09 Why is nn 6.5.0b3... This version is far out of date. 15 October 1998 Michael Pins is now at mtpins@visi.com, as is the nn repository. I'm now using gnus but will continue to maintain this FAQ until someone wrestles it from my grasp. Changed Questions 1.03 Where can I get nn? Updated master site for nn. 6.06 Can I download news... Updated uqwk maintainer, version, location. 13.03 Sample init files nn directory renamed to setup. 23 November 1997 It has been a quiet year in the newsgroup. The spammers have probably posted more than anybody, and a discussion broke on out on how to deal with them in nn (see the new question 10.11). There has also been discussion about forming Usenet II which would be totally moderated in an attempt to get the signal to noise ratio back in line. How nn fits into that scene remains to be seen. Sven Guckes is now using slrn but still hangs out in news.software.nn and maintains a good nn site. Brian Exelbierd is now at <bex@usa.net>. Kent Landfield has given his excellent FAQ site a domain: www.faqs.org. New Questions 10.11 +Can I kill spam? nn-use-lynx Script to read HTML. Changed Questions 2.05 ...build nn on Alpha/OSF? No problems with current version. 5.06 ...cross-posted [repeats]? Removed redundant answer. 10.08 ...kill...number . lines? nn-tk does it. 13.03 Sample init files Moved to an nn subdirectory. 19 November 1996 You'll notice that I now reference Kent Landfield's new promising site (http://www.faqs.org/faqs/) since the Ohio State site was all but dead. Changed Questions 1.03 Where can I get nn? Generic path to nn. New patch URL. 1.08 X interface to nn? Generic path to nn-tk. 2.03 Unofficial patches... All current bugs fixed. New patch URL. 4.01 doesn't show Lines count? Reference to implemented patch deleted. 5.06 ...cross-posted [repeats]? Bugs now fixed. 9 September 1996 Main headings now have a trailing .00 which should help Subject sorts in nn and other newsreaders. Addresses are now preceeded by "mailto" when appropriate and other references have been converted to URL format as well. Dates now have 4-digit years in preparation for the millenium. New Questions 1.09 Can I connect to a remote news server? 13.03 Sample init files Changed Questions 1.02 ...status of nn? New version and maintainer. 1.03 Where can I get nn? Updated paths. 1.04 ...references for nn? Sven's nn page, Utrecht nn FAQ. 1.08 ...X interface to nn? Updated nn-tk info. 6.01 ...save files for MH... Use embedded-header-escape. 10.07 ...threading? tk-nn does it. 27 November 1995 Rather than place the date in square brackets, questions are now dated with "Date" fields. This will allow newsreaders that can sort by date (e.g., in nn, ":sort date") to display the newest items first. In previous items where actual dates could not be ascertained, the date of the first release, 2 June 91, was used. Because a single question may have several answers, and each answer has its own set of headers (Date and From), and because I didn't want to replicate the Subject header, the nn newsreader will have many empty subject fields in selection mode. While this works for "sort arrival," other sorts will display the articles out of context. Sorting on date also works because I have a convention of placing the most recently modified part first so that it contains the Subject field. Your comments are appreciated. The HTML version of the FAQ has some bogus links. If you notice that both the ftp or http anchor and the file size are both highlighted, then you'll have to remove the file size from the URL manually. New Questions 2.05 How can I build nn on Alpha/OSF? 10.10 Can one kill messages by Internet address? 19.12 Why is nn so slow? Changed Questions 1.08 ...X interface to nn? Updated ftp information. 2.04 Can I set up nn securely? Added more things to think about. 5.04 read MIME ... articles? thumper.bellcore.com is now ftp.bellcore.com 5.06 cross-posted more than.. Added patch to 6.5b3. 6.01 save ... MH, elm, Mail? 6.06 ...download news to my PC? Added FAQ URL for alt.usenet.offline-reader. 13 May 1995 Question numbers now have leading zeros so that they sort correctly (when the FAQ is broken up in nn, for example). The archive name did not, in fact, change this time around. New Questions 8.13 How do I post locally? 8.14 Can I read my mail with nn? 18.01 How can I avoid seeing NEW groups? 19.11 Why does expire take so long? Changed Questions 1.8 ... X interface to nn? Up to Beta 11. 6.5 saving non-interactively... Yes! Use nnbatch. 6.6 ...download news to my PC? A little clearer. 10.9 ... 6.5 ignoring kill file Workaround provided. Appendix nn-use-mh Now recognizes "$FIRST_ACTION protocol. 13 December 1994 The archive name has been changed yet again. It was nn-faq, then nn-faq/part1, and now it's usenet/software/nn/part1. The Keywords header is now Son-of-1036 compliant. Steps have been made to make it palatable by Thomas Fine's WWW FAQ converter (see below for the URL although it might take a few days to get there) as well as several denizens of the net. I've placed rows of hyphens before each question and added cross references. In addition, I've moved the author of the answer to the From header and moved the question number into the Subject header field. It's a small thing, but I've also moved the pluses (+) and bangs (!) in the Table of Contents from the beginning of the line to lie *after* the question number so that new and changed questions subjects are identical in both the Table of Contents and in the text. This might affect software that was trained to look for new or changed questions in the Table of Contents. If you encounter any difficulties as a result of these changes, please let me know. You can also let me know if you like these changes! ;-) New Questions 9.2 + Why do I get *NO*UPDATE* and what can I do about it? Changed Questions 1.3 Where can I get nn? Nuked UUCP info. New nntp site 1.4 What references exist... FAQ patch changes because of new archive name 8.6 Can I use my editor... If you want to add arguments 14.1 Setting new-group-action.. Overriding system sequence Glossary Better (and more) definitions nn_elm Escape quotes in subject 7 November 1994 The nn-faq archive is now a directory that contains part1--the FAQ--and contents--this file. Files that are available via anonymous ftp are now listed as URLs. Fixed Tom Christiansen's address. New Questions 4.4 How do I select all articles in one fell swoop? 6.6 Can I download news to my PC? 10.8 Can one kill articles based on the number of lines? 10.9 Why is nn 6.5.0b3 ignoring my kill file? 13.2 How can nn be used when multiple users share the same login? 19.10 How can I fix a "Master/GROUPS conflict"? Changed Questions Preface Viewing This Article Getting IP address by mail 1.1 Why should I use nn? Comparison of nn and trn 1.4 What references exist...? FAQ on Web, new FAQ locations, signature FAQ 2.3 Unofficial patches... Allows one to use NNTP on local host 6.5 Can I save non-inter...? More software sources listed 8.2 How can nn append sig? Reference Signature FAQ 8.4 Can sig come from file...? Reference Signature FAQ 15.1 Library of macros...? Reference Nancy's library 19.7 Lost con. to server... Solns irrelevant with NOV Appendix Glossary Added NOV Appendix Copyright Wording fixed 20 August 1994 This was a fairly major revamp of the format. It's not HTMLized yet, but the first step was taken: it's now broken up into more sections which should make it easier to find the answer to your question. Another new thing is that I'll be posting this list bi-weekly so that new and old readers alike will have a Table of Contents readily at hand. Hope you like it. New questions 5.5 How can I read HTML (world wide web, mosaic) articles? 6.4 How can I change the default name of a save file? 6.5 Can I save all unread articles non-interactively into a file? 8.6 Can I use my editor to edit posts and replies? 12.3 How can I get nn to stop adding new newsgroups? 19.8 Why doesn't nn display messages when not using NNTP? 19.9 Why do I get "Notice: no news has arrived for the last n hours"? Appendix: lynxify script Changed questions 1.3 Where can I get nn? Removed IP addresses; new UUCP info 1.4 What references exist...? Tutorials on Web; mailing list 1.7 Starting nn the first time? New way to create .newsrc 1.8 X interface to nn? Describe new TCL interface 19.4 nnmaster stopped working? Possibly corrupt headers Table of Contents Legend: + new, - deleted, ! changed __________________ 01.00 Introduction 01.01 Why should I use nn? !01.02 What is the current version/status of nn? !01.03 Where can I get nn / patches? !01.04 What references exist for nn? 01.05 How should I report bugs? 01.06 How can I convert from rn to nn? 01.07 How can I make life simpler when starting nn for the first time? 01.08 Is there an X interface to nn? 01.09 Can I connect to a remote news server? _________________ 02.00 Building nn 02.01 What machines does nn run on? 02.02 Is it possible to restrict the groups that users have access to? -02.03 Unofficial patches for various bugs 02.04 Can I set up nn securely? 02.05 How can I build nn on Alpha/OSF? ___________________ 03.00 Command Input ____________________ 04.00 Selection Mode 04.01 How come nn doesn't show the Lines count? 04.02 Why does nn crash when an invalid letter is selected? 04.03 How do I search for an author in a menu? 04.04 How do I select all articles in one fell swoop? ___________________________ 05.00 Reading Mode Commands 05.01 How can I see the original article with the current subject? 05.02 Why do articles without a Lines header appear empty? 05.03 Can the article viewer/pager be changed? 05.04 How can I read MIME (multi-media mail) articles? 05.05 How can I read HTML (World Wide Web, Mosaic) articles? 05.06 Why am I reading cross-posted articles more than once? _____________________ 06.00 Saving Articles 06.01 How do I save files that I can read later with MH, elm, Mail, ...? 06.02 What's the best way to save multi-part articles? 06.03 When saving in +a/b/c keeps you from saving in +a/b. 06.04 How can I change the default name of a save file? 06.05 Can I save all unread articles non-interactively into a file? 06.06 Can I download news to my PC? ________________________ 07.00 Folder Maintenance 07.01 How can I remove old articles from folders? ________________________________________ 08.00 Posting and Responding to Articles 08.01 How can I post prewritten articles with nn? 08.02 How can nn automatically append my signature? 08.03 How do I eliminate double signatures? 08.04 Can the signature come from a different file or program? 08.05 How do I save my posts and replies automatically? 08.06 Can I use my editor to edit posts and replies? 08.07 Can I use my mailer to send mail? 08.08 Can nn use aliases when sending mail? 08.09 How can I set a different Organization name? 08.10 How can I make mail replies go to a different machine? 08.11 How can I change how my real name appears? 08.12 How can I customize my mail headers for mail and posting? 08.13 How do I post locally? 08.14 Can I read my mail with nn? _____________________________ 09.00 Jumping to Other Groups 09.01 How can I see which newsgroups are available? 09.02 Why do I get *NO*UPDATE* and what can I do about it? __________________________________ 10.00 Automatic Kill and Selection 10.01 Can non-selected subjects be automatically placed in my kill file? 10.02 Can I automatically kill articles based on the Newsgroups header? 10.03 How can I find all articles having to do with a certain topic? 10.04 Can I select one article in a thread when auto-select-subject set? 10.05 Can one search for patterns in the entire article from the menu? 10.06 How come more articles get selected than I expect? 10.07 Any plans for trn-ish thread following? 10.08 Can one kill articles based on the number of lines? -10.09 Why is nn 6.5.0b3 ignoring my kill file? 10.10 Can one kill messages by Internet address? 10.11 Can I kill spam? _________________________________ 11.00 The Format of the Kill File ____________________________ 12.00 Miscellaneous Commands 12.01 Can I choose newsgroups as I do articles, ie. with a menu? 12.02 How do I unsubscribe to all groups? 12.03 How can I get nn to stop adding new newsgroups? ____________________ 13.00 The Init Files 13.01 How do I customize nn or change nn's behavior? 13.02 How can nn be used when multiple users share the same login? 13.03 Sample init files ___________________________ 14.00 Variables and Options 14.01 Setting new-group-action to "ask before adding" doesn't work. _______________________ 15.00 Macro Definitions 15.01 Is there a library of macros and other nn features? __________________ 16.00 Key Mappings ____________________ 17.00 Command Groups _________________________________ 18.00 Group Presentation Sequence 18.01 How can I avoid seeing NEW groups? _______________________________ 19.00 NN Maintenance & nnmaster 19.01 Why does nnmaster stop collecting articles at the "junk" group? 19.02 How do I cope with "Incomplete MASTER file"? 19.03 Why isn't nnmaster working? 19.04 Why did nnmaster stop working? 19.05 Why do I get ".../MASTER not found"? 19.06 Why do I get "cannot open 'x' file" 19.07 Why do I get "Lost connection to server foobar" 19.08 Why doesn't nn display messages when not using NNTP? 19.09 Why do I get "Notice: no news has arrived for the last n hours"? 19.10 How can I fix a "Master/GROUPS conflict"? 19.11 Why does expire take so long? 19.12 Why is nn so slow? ________ Appendix Glossary & Acknowledgments nn-use-mh nn_elm nnalias lynxify nn-use-lynx Obtaining the FAQ via WWW http://www.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1/preamble.html http://www.cs.ruu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1.html via anonymous ftp: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1 ftp://ftp.uu.net/archive/usenet/news.answers/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1 ftp://ftp.cs.ruu.nl/pub/NEWS.ANSWERS/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1 via mail: mailto:mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu the body of the message: send /usenet/news.answers/usenet/software/nn/faq/part1