(Default values for the Distribution header)


The file pathetc/distrib.pats is used by nnrpd to determine the default value of the Distribution header. Blank lines and lines beginning with a number sign (#) are ignored. All other lines consist of three fields separated by a colon:


The first field is the weight to assign to this match. If a newsgroup matches multiple lines, the line with the highest weight is used. This should be an arbitrary integer greater than zero. The order of lines in the file is only important if groups have equal weight (in which case, the first matching line will be used).

The second field is either the name of a newsgroup or a uwildmat(3)-style pattern to specify a set of newsgroups.

The third field is the value that should be used for the Distribution header of a posted article, if this line was picked as the best match and no Distribution header was supplied by the user. It can be an empty string, specifying that no Distribution header should be added.

When a post is received by nnrpd that does not already contain a Distribution header, each newsgroup to which an article is posted will be checked against this file in turn, and the matching line with the highest weight will be used as the value of the Distribution header. If no lines match, or if the matching line has an empty string for its third field, no header will be added.


Written by Rich $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> for InterNetNews. Converted to POD by Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu>.



inn.conf(5), nnrpd(8), uwildmat(3)

Last modified and spun 2022-12-12