(passwords for connecting to remote NNTP servers)


The file passwd.nntp in pathetc contains host / name / password triplets for use when authenticating client programs to NNTP servers. This file is normally interpreted by NNTPsendpassword() in libinn(3). Blank lines and lines beginning with a number sign (#) are ignored. All other lines should consist of three or four fields separated by colons:


The first field is the name of a host, and is matched in a case-insensitive manner. (No detailed matching, such as comparing IP addresses, is done.)

The second field is a user name, and the third is a password. If either the username or password is empty, then that portion of the authentication will not occur. (For example, when connecting to a remote INN for peering, only the password is needed.)

The optional fourth field specifies the type of authentication to use. At present, the only recognized "authentication style" is authinfo; this is also the default. It means that NNTP "authinfo" commands are used to authenticate to the remote host. (The authinfo command is a common extension to RFC 977.)

For example:

    ##  UUNET needs a password, MIT doesn't.

This file should not be world-readable.


Written by Rich $alz <> for InterNetNews. This is revision $Revision$, dated $Date$.



inn.conf(5), innd(8), libinn(3).

Last modified and spun 2022-12-12