ACTTIMES(8C)                                                      ACTTIMES(8C)

       acttimes - Maintain the newsgroup-creation-date file

       acttimes [ -d ]
       acttimes -k

       Acttimes is a program that maintains the active.times file for those
       systems whose news software doesn't maintain it for them.  A system
       that is running C news or INN should already have a valid
       /usr/local/news/lib/active.times file and therefore doesn't need
       acttimes to maintain it.

       When executed, acttimes will create or maintain active.times by reading
       the active file, /usr/local/news/lib/active, and adding any groups it
       finds that aren't already in the file.  It uses the current time and a
       fake user-id to create the entry since it doesn't have access to the
       article that created the group.

       The active.times file is a list of each new newsgroup that gets created
       on your system, the date it was created, and who asked for it to be
       created.  This file enables NNTP to respond to the NEWGROUPS command
       with a list of groups that are newer than a certain date.  Without the
       file, the NEWGROUPS command cannot function.  The format is:
       ``newsgroup date user-id'' where ``newsgroup'' is the name of the group
       in question, ``date'' is the newsgroup's creation time, in seconds
       since midnight, Jan. 1, 1970, GMT, and ``user-id'' is the name of the
       user who created the group, or ``acttimes@local'', if not known.

       Acttimes can be run either as a daemon process, or from cron.

       To run it as a daemon, specify the -d option and give it the number of
       minutes it should wait to wake up (the default is a quick 10 minutes).
       For example, ``acttimes -d120'' would start acttimes and have it wake
       up every 2 hours.  To kill the daemon, use the command, ``acttimes

       To run acttimes from cron, don't specify any options.  A minimum update
       period is probably once or twice a day, but running it more often will
       make the new groups available in a more timely manner.


       Wayne Davison

       cron(1), nntpd(8C)

4th Berkeley Distribution      16 November 1994                   ACTTIMES(8C)