Managing UUCP and Usenet (A Nutshell Book)

Managing UUCP and Usenet (A Nutshell Book)

For all its widespread use, UUCP is one of the most difficult UNIX utilities to master. Poor documentation, cryptic messages, and differences between various implementations make setting up UUCP links a nightmare for many a system administrator.

This handbook is meant for system administrators who want to install and manage the UUCP and Usenet software. It covers HoneyDanBer UUCP as well as standard Version 2 UUCP, with special notes on Xenix. As one reader noted over the Net, “Don’t even TRY to install UUCP without it!”

Topics covered in Managing UUCP include:

  • How UUCP works.
  • RS-232 cabling.
  • Talking with modems.
  • Setting up a UUCP link.
  • Security considerations.
  • UUCP administration.
  • Introduction to Usenet.
  • Installing Netnews.
  • Administering Netnews.

The tenth edition of this classic work has been revised and expanded to include descriptions of:

  • How to use NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol) to transfer Usenet news over TCP/IP and other high-speed networks.
  • How to get DOS versions of UUCP.
  • How to set up DOS-based laptop computers as traveling UUCP nodes.
  • How the UUCP ‘g’ protocol works.

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Using & Managing UUCP (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using & Managing UUCP (Nutshell Handbooks)

Using & Managing UUCP describes, in one volume, this popular communications and file transfer program. While most major sites have switched from UUCP to the Internet Protocols, UUCP remains attractive to computer users with limited resources, a small machine, and a dial-up connection. Linux users admire the efficiency of UUCP. In fact, Taylor UUCP, which is described in this book, ships with the major Linux distributions. In addition to Taylor UUCP, this book covers the latest versions of HoneyDanBer UUCP, sometimes called Basic Network Utilities, or BNU. It also describes the specific implementation details of UUCP versions shipped by major UNIX vendors. This book combines material about UUCP formerly contained in Using UUCP and Usenet and Managing UUCP and Usenet, now updated and expanded to cover Taylor UUCP , the UUCP shipped with Linux.

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Administering Usenet News Servers: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning,Building,and Managing Internet and Intranet News Services,1997 publication

Administering Usenet News Servers: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning,Building,and Managing Internet and Intranet News Services,1997 publication

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Administering Usenet News Servers: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Building, and Managing Internet and Intranet News Services

Administering Usenet News Servers: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Building, and Managing Internet and Intranet News Services

Usenet News Servers details the installation, configuration, optimization and ongoing management of a news server on a Unix platform. A comprehensive discussion covering the phases of setting up a server: planning, construction and administration. CD-ROM includes software, utilities, and scripts to set up and maintain news servers.

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Managing Usenet

Managing Usenet

Usenet, also called Netnews, is the world’s largest discussion forum, and it is doubling in size every year. There are Usenet discussion groups on every imaginable topic, from the technical and scientific, to the political and religious, and onto the truly bizarre and arcane. If you simply use the Netnews system, all of this discussion can be interesting and entertaining. But if you’re a system administrator who has to set up and run a Netnews system, you suddenly have the unenviable task of making sure that your system can handle a data flow of thousands of megabytes per day. This book, written by two of the foremost authorities on Usenet administration, is full of practical information about how to set up and run a news system. Managing Usenet covers C News and INN, the two most widely used news relayers on UNIX systems. It explains the basics of starting a Netnews system, from getting a news feed, to building and installing the news software, to keeping everything running smoothly. Managing Usenet also offers guidelines to help you make sure that your system is capable of handling news volume today — and in the future.Usenet and newsgroups may seem simple to the casual observer, but system administrators who have to manage Usenet on their system or run a newsgroup know otherwise. Spencer and Lawrence share information that previously had to be learned online, providing system administrators with a detailed guide to Usenet management. They tell you how to choose between C News and INN, the two major contenders for Usenet software. Then they show you how set your software up and make your daily operations as trouble-free as possible.

The book not only presents administration tasks, but also helps you plan for the future, which is critical since the volume of Usenet communication doubles yearly. Besides the technical aspects, Spencer and Lawrence discuss the social and political sides of being a Usenet manager. They provide tips on how to interact with the rest of Usenet, how to handle irresponsible or illegal posts, and the fine points of moderating a newsgroup. Hint: reading the “What’s in the Book” section will help you determine which chapters and sections you’ll want to read right away and which are of less immediate interest. –Elizabeth Lewis

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