postnews

POSTNEWS(1)                 General Commands Manual                POSTNEWS(1)



NAME
       postnews - simple interactive news-posting interface

SYNOPSIS
       postnews [ -h headerfile ] [newsgroup]

DESCRIPTION
       Postnews provides a simple interactive interface for posting news.  It
       prompts the user for the newsgroup if it is not given as an argument
       (more than one group can be given, with groups separated by commas but
       no white space).  Then it prompts for the article's subject.  Then it
       drops the user into his choice of text editor (as indicated by the
       VISUAL and EDITOR environment variables) with a prototype article.
       When the editor terminates, it checks that the article has been edited
       reasonably, and then posts it.

       If the article has not been written out from the editor, or if the
       editing instructions in the prototype do not appear to have been
       followed, postnews gives the user a choice between abandoning the
       posting or re-editing it.

       The -h option specifies that a suitable header has already been
       constructed and can be found in headerfile, in which case postnews
       bypasses the initial prompting for header contents.

FILES
       /var/lib/news/postdefltgroup  default newsgroup (nonexistent means no
       default)
       /var/lib/news/postdefltdist   default distribution (nonexistent means
       `world')

SEE ALSO
       inews(1CN)

HISTORY
       Written at U of Toronto by Henry Spencer.

BUGS
       There are zillions of marginally-useful features that it could have but
       doesn't.



                                 3 April 1995                      POSTNEWS(1)