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So, I keep hearing about these mysterious 'newsgroups' and the knowledge in which they hold. Finally, I've decided I want to see what they are all about. I heard of ...
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- 02-28-2011 #1
Using 'trn' for Reading Newsgroups
So, I keep hearing about these mysterious 'newsgroups' and the knowledge in which they hold. Finally, I've decided I want to see what they are all about.
I heard of the news-reader utility 'trn' and would like to give it a shot. However, I'm running into a issue.
I understand that for 'trn' to work, it simply requires a .newsrc file with a list of newsgroups to download from. So, I created a .newsrc file in my home directory and inserted 'comp.os.linux' into the .newsrc file. I then start up trn and it complains that it can't open '/usr/lib/news/active'. I notice the directory doesn't exist, and create it.
I try again, and this time it gets past the previous error, but says I have '0' groups. Am I missing something? Perhaps I'm putting my .newsrc in the wrong location. I have a feeling it's something right in front of me that I'm not noticing.
Unfortunately I could find hardly any documentation on setting up trn. The man page says it should create my .newsrc automatically, but it never did.
So, I come to you my friends! Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?
Last edited by Nagarjuna; 02-28-2011 at 08:25 PM.
- 03-01-2011 #2
I don't have the answer to your question, but you might try a different newsreader client.
List of Usenet newsreaders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- 03-05-2011 #3
I'm trying out Sylpheed right now. It was really easy to setup, but I still think I'm going to try a few other news-readers just for kicks. I'll probably return to trn eventually.. I just hate it when things don't work!