The inn source package provides a script suitable for
starting inn at boot time. The script is usually called
/usr/lib/news/bin/rc.news. The script reads arguments
from another script, usually called
/usr/lib/news/innshellvars, which contains definitions
of the filenames and filepaths that inn will use to locate
components it needs. It is generally considered a good idea to execute
inn with the permissions of a non-root user, such as
To ensure that inn is started at boot time, you should
check that /usr/lib/news/innshellvars is configured
correctly and then call the /usr/lib/news/bin/rc.news
script from a script executed at boot time.
Additionally, there are administrative tasks that must be performed
periodically. These tasks are usually configured to be executed by the
cron command. The best way to do this is to add the
appropriate commands to your /etc/crontab file, or
even better, create a file suitable for the /etc/cron.d
directory, if your distribution provides one. An example of such a file might
# Example /etc/cron.d/inn file, as used in the Debian distribution.
# Expire old news and overview entries nightly, generate reports.
15 0 * * * news news.daily expireover lowmark delayrm
# Every hour, run an rnews -U. This is not only for UUCP sites, but
# also to process queued up articles put there by in.nnrpd in case
# innd wasn't accepting any articles.
10 * * * * news rnews -U
These commands will ensure that old news is automatically expired each day,
and that any queued articles are processed each hour. Note also that they
are executed with the permissions of the news user.