(Upgrade INN configuration files)


innupgrade directory

innupgrade [-t type] -f file


innupgrade is intended to be run during a major upgrade of INN to fix the configuration files with any required changes. If given a directory, it will scan that directory for any files that it has updates defined for, try to perform those updates, and replace the files with updated versions if applying the updates resulted in any changes. The old versions of the files will be saved with a .OLD extension.

If the -f flag is used, only that file will be updated. If the file name doesn't match the standard file name of an INN configuration file, the optional -t flag may be given to specify the type. See EXAMPLES for an example of this.

Currently, innupgrade knows how to apply the following updates:


A few obsolete programs or configuration files are renamed with a .OLD extension by innupgrade. Obsolete man pages are directly removed.

Normally, innupgrade should be run at least on the pathetc directory after any upgrade of INN other than a patch release (any upgrade that changes the first or second version numbers). This may occur automatically during the upgrade process.


-f file

Only act on file rather than working on an entire directory.

-t type

For a file specified with -f, parse it and upgrade it as if it were named type. Used for upgrading files with the same syntax as normal INN configuration files but with different names. Only makes sense in combination with -f.


Upgrade any configuration files found in pathetc and append a .OLD extension to obsolete files in pathetc:

    innupgrade <pathetc in inn.conf>

Upgrade only /news/etc/inn.conf:

    innupgrade -f /news/etc/inn.conf

Upgrade a file named inn-special.conf that should have the same syntax as inn.conf:

    innupgrade -t inn.conf -f inn-special.conf

Any upgrade rules that apply to inn.conf will be applied to the alternate file.


Written by Russ Allbery <> for InterNetNews.


incoming.conf(5), inn.conf(5), inn-secrets.conf(5), newsfeeds(5), readers.conf(5).

Last modified and spun 2022-12-12