Newshound and the Eternal-September news server
The free usenet service called Eternal-September has had problems
recently. According to a bulletin on the front page at
www.eternal-september.org they had to install a new server and there
would be a delay for DNS propagation. But message is dated Sept 5.
Current situation, here:
- news items are downloading (at least sometimes), but
- Eternal-September rejects any attempt to post items.
Many users have have been seeing the same probs, according to messages
in other RiscOS mailinglists.
I haven't changed any settings here.
From Newshound iconbar menu, "Servers > motzarellaGroup" contains
these lines, which have always worked in the past (indeed, since
before the name change years ago from Motzarella to Eternal-Sept!):
# Rule file name:
# News server hostname:
Two things make me curious. (1) Where does the port number "8119"
come from? I vaguely recall advice from some RiscOS expert in the
past, who said to prefix the "8". Technical page at Eternal-September
says port should be 119.
(2) From commandline, *show inet$nntpserver gives:
In Netfetch choices, the Account dialogue "News server" field shows
and the sub-dialogue for Security shows
I don't know what password that would be. Is the number of asterisks
-- ten -- significant? The password in the "MotzarellaGroup" file
above has only EIGHT characters.
Am I correct to guess that this dialogue is what sets the system
variable inet$nntpserver ?
Which takes priority, the system variable or the file within
Any other advice about how to get usenet working again in MPro and
Jim Nagel www.archivemag.co.uk
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