One of the most popular software packages for Netnews is C News. It was
designed for sites that carry news over UUCP links. This chapter
will discuss the central concepts of C News, basic installation,
and maintenance tasks.
C News stores its configuration files in
/etc/news, and most of its binaries are kept
below the /usr/lib/news/ directory. Articles are
kept below /var/spool/news. You should make sure
that virtually all files in these directories are owned by user
news or group news. Most problems arise from files being
inaccessible to C News. Use su to become the user
news before you touch anything
in the directory. The only exception is the
setnewsids command, which is used to set the real
user ID of some news programs. It must be owned by root and have the setuid bit set.
In this chapter, we describe all C News configuration files in detail
and show you what you have to do to keep your site running.