(Start or stop INN daemons)


rc.news [start | stop]


rc.news can be used to start or stop innd and supporting programs. It checks to make sure INN is not already running, handles cases of unclean shutdown, finishes up tasks which might have been interrupted by the preceeding shutdown, emails certain boot-time warnings to newsmaster (as set in inn.conf), and is generally safer and easier than starting and stopping everything directly. It needs to be run as the news user so that files in pathrun are created with the right ownership (though this is less important for rc.news stop), and therefore requires that inndstart be setuid root, see inndstart(8) for discussion.

Programs run and stopped by this script include:



If the first argument is start, or no first argument is given, rc.news initiates INN startup.


If the first argument is stop, rc.news initiates INN shutdown. It is recommended to throttle the server first as described in ctlinnd(8).


To start INN and leave certain error messages going to the terminal:

       su - news -c ~news/bin/rc.news

To run INN at startup time from appropriate system boot scripts:

       su - news -c ~news/bin/rc.news >/dev/console

To stop INN (throttling first):

       ~news/bin/ctlinnd throttle reason
       su - news -c '~news/bin/rc.news stop'


Running rc.news start as root is never the right thing to do, so we should at minimum check for this and error, or perhaps change effective user ID.


// FIXME: any attribution for rc.news itself?

This manual page written by Jeffrey M. Vinocur <jeff@litech.org> for InterNetNews.



ctlinnd(8), cnfsstat(8), inn.conf(5), inndstart(8), innwatch(8), ovdb(5).

Last modified and spun 2022-12-12