control-archive

Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea — massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.

— Gene Spafford

Description

This package includes all of the software used to generate the ftp.isc.org active newsgroup lists and control message archive. It contains two major components:

Manual changes to the canonical newsgroup list are also supported, in a way that generates the same log messages and uses the same locking structure so that they can co-exist with automated changes and be included in the same reports. Also included in this package are the documentation files included in the control message archive and newsgroup lists on ftp.isc.org.

Requirements

All of the software in this package is written in Perl and requires Perl 5.6 or later. The Perl modules Compress::Zlib, Date::Parse, Net::NNTP, and Text::Template are also required. Compress::Zlib is included in Perl 5.10 or later and otherwise available from CPAN. Date::Parse is part of the TimeDate distribution in CPAN. Net::NNTP is included in Perl 5.8 or later and otherwise available as part of the libnet distribution in CPAN. Text::Template is available from CPAN. Most Linux distributions have packages for the extra Perl modules.

gzip and bzip2 are required. Both are generally available with current operating systems, possibly as supplemental packages.

process-control expects to be fed file names and message IDs of control messages on standard input and therefore needs to be run from a news server or some other source of control messages. A minimalist news server like tinyleaf is suitable for this (I wrote tinyleaf, available from the current INN Subversion repository, for this purpose).

Download

The distribution:

control-archive 1.7.0 2016-01-03 tar.gz (PGP signature) tar.xz (PGP signature)

An archive of older releases is also available.

control-archive is maintained using the Git version control system. To check out the current development tree, clone:

    git://git.eyrie.org/usenet/control.git

You can also browse the current development source.

Documentation

User documentation:

Manual pages for main scripts:

Additional scripts:

Developer documentation:

License

The primary license is:

Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Russ Allbery <eagle@eyrie.org>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

This product includes software developed by UUNET Technologies, Inc.

process-control's license includes some additional restrictions around documentation and advertising. For complete copyright and license information, see the file LICENSE in the control-archive source distribution.

Last modified and spun 2016-01-03