databases(5)                GNATS configuration files               databases(5)

       databases - the known set of GNATS databases

       The databases configuration file is a site-wide configuration file
       containing the list of GNATS databases that are available either on the
       host itself or remotely over the network, together with some parameters
       associated with each database.  It is located in the directory

       The file contains one line for each database. For databases located on
       the host itself, each line consists of three fields separated by colons:

              database name:short description:/path/to/database

       The first field is the database name.  This is the name used to identify
       the database when invoking programs such as query-pr or send-pr, either
       by using the --database option of the program or by setting the GNATSDB
       environment variable to the name of the database.  The second field is a
       short human-readable description of the database contents, and the final
       field is the directory where the database contents are kept.

       For a database that is located across a network, but which should be
       accessible from this host, the entry for the database should look like

              database name:short description of database::hostname:port

       The first two fields are the same as for local databases, the third field
       is empty (notice the two adjacent `:' symbols, indicating an empty
       field), the fourth field is the hostname of the remote GNATS server, and
       the fifth field is the port number that the remote GNATS server is
       running on.

       Note that if you add a new local database, you must create its data
       directory, including appropriate subdirectories and administrative files
       after adding an entry to databases.  This is best done using the mkdb

       Lines beginning with a # are ignored.

       The database name default is special; this is the entry used if no
       database name is specified via a --database option or the GNATSDB
       environment variable.

       Keeping Track: Managing Messages With GNATS (also installed as the GNU
       Info file

       databases(5), dbconfig(5), delete-pr(8), edit-pr(1) file-pr(8), gen-
       index(8), gnats(7), gnatsd(8), mkcat(8), mkdb(8), pr-edit(8), query-
       pr(1), queue-pr(8), send-pr(1).

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GNATS                              August 2003                      databases(5)