l i n u x - u s e r s - g r o u p - o f - d a v i s
Next Meeting:
June 2: Social gathering
Next Installfest:
Latest News:
May. 19: LUGOD special elections
Page last updated:
2003 Jan 30 11:06

The following is an archive of a post made to our 'vox-tech mailing list' by one of its subscribers.

Report this post as spam:

(Enter your email address)
Re: [vox-tech] newbie annoyed with tin
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [vox-tech] newbie annoyed with tin

> Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 20:29:32 -0800 (PST)
> From: Katie <krwright1@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [vox-tech] newbie annoyed with tin
> To: voxt <vox-tech@lists.lugod.org>
> Reply-To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> Katie wrote:
> > > I don't have an /etc/news/server file.  I tried to create one, but it
> > > didn't work.  Most likely I did it wrong.  How would I create
> > > /etc/news/server?
> > > I don't know how to find ~katie/.bashr.  When I
> > > put it at the command line I got /home/katie/.bashrc not a directory.
> >From Samuel Merritt:
> > What to do is: 
> > 1) Become root. (in a terminal, run "su" and then feed it your 
> > password)
> > 2) Using your favorite text editor, open /etc/news/server. (e.g. "pico
> > /etc/news/server")
> > 3) Put in the appropriate text (as described by Bill Kendrick,
> > below). 
> > 4) Save the file and exit.
> > Using your favorite text editor, open ".bashrc". 
> > To set the environment variable VARIABLENAME, put in the line
> > export VARIABLENAME=value
> > Note that this won't take effect immediately; bash only reads ~/.bashrc
> > when it first starts, so any terminals open before you edited ~/.bashrc
> > won't see this change. Open a new terminal and test it.
> > You can test it by running "echo $VARIABLENAME"; if you get a blank
> > line, it didn't work. If you see VARIABLENAME's value, it worked. 
> Well, I did everything suggested, but when I put in tin -r it connects to
> news.ucdavis.edu, but then gives me:
> servers active-file contains no newsgroups
> Exiting
> and it takes me back to the command line.  Does this have to do with what
> I did?
> There was already stuff in the .bashrc file, but I added the line
> NNTPSERVER=news.ucdavis.edu at the end of the other stuff.

So now that you seem to have everything correct, there's only one more 
piece of advice I can give you, and this applies specifically to 
news.ucdavis.edu. Before you connect to news.ucdavis.edu for newsgroups, 
you need to authenticate yourself at news.ucdavis.edu using a web 
browser and your kerberos login and password. 

I suggest doing this by using the following command, replacing login and
password with your own login and password:

echo qy | lynx "https://secureweb.ucdavis.edu:443/cgi-auth/sendback?"; \ 
"http://email.ucdavis.edu/news/news-succeed.html"; -force_secure \ 
-accept_all_cookies -auth="login:password" > /dev/null

It would work very well to create a shell script out of it so that you 
can just run the shell script before you run tin, and you can even run 
tin from the shell script after authentication finishes.

PGP/GPG Fingerprint: D5E2 8839 6ED3 3305 805C  941F 9476 A9BD E2B2 CAD1
Import with `gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-key E2B2CAD1`
Also on www: http://wwwcsif.cs.ucdavis.edu/~bloom/kabloom.asc
For more information about PGP and GPG, see http://www.gnupg.org/

Attachment: pgp00016.pgp
Description: PGP signature

LUGOD Group on LinkedIn
Sign up for LUGOD event announcements
Your email address:
LUGOD Group on Facebook
'Like' LUGOD on Facebook:

Hosting provided by:
Sunset Systems
Sunset Systems offers preconfigured Linux systems, remote system administration and custom software development.

LUGOD: Linux Users' Group of Davis
PO Box 2082, Davis, CA 95617
Contact Us

LUGOD is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
based in Davis, California
and serving the Sacramento area.
"Linux" is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Sponsored in part by:
O'Reilly and Associates
For numerous book donations.