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testhost



SYNOPSIS

       testhost  hostname  [ -a|-n date time |-o ] [ -M ] [ -s|-S
       filename ] [ -e|-E filename ] [  -N  port_number  ]  [  -U
       userid ] [ -P password ] [ -l phrase_file ] [ -T timeout ]
       [ -d ] [ -q ] [ -z ]


OPTIONS

       -a     Get the active list from hostname

       -d

       This option tells testhost get  the  descriptions  of  the
       newsgroups on the remote server by sending the 'list news­
       groups' command.  The remote server may or may not support
       this command.

       -e | -E filename

       These  options will send all error messages (normally dis­
       played on stderr), to an alternate file.  The  lower  case
       version, -e, will send the error messages to the compiled-
       in default  defined  in  suck_config.h.   The  default  is
       suck.errlog.   The  upper  case  version, -E, requires the
       filename parameter.  All error messages will then be  sent
       to this file.

       -l phrase_file

       This  option tells testhost to load in an alternate phrase
       file, instead of using the built-in messages.  This allows
       you to have testhost print phrases in another language, or
       to allow you to customize the messages  without  re-build­
       ing.   See  the  "FOREIGN  LANGUAGE PHRASES" in suck.1 for
       more details.

       -n date time

       Get the newgroups created on the host since the  date  and
       time  specified. The date must be in YYMMDD format and the
       time must be in HHMMSS format.

       -N port_number

       This option will tell testhost to use  an  alternate  NNRP
       port  number  when  connecting to the host, instead of the
       default, 119.

       -q

       This option tells testhost to not display  the  connection
       and announcement messages, rather only display the results
       This  option overrides the compiled-in TIMEOUT value. This
       is how long testhost waits for data from the  remote  host
       before timing out and aborting.

       -U userid

       -P password

       These  two  options let you specify a userid and password,
       if your NNTP server requires them.

       -z

       This options tells testhost to use  SSL  to  talk  to  the
       remote server, if testhost was compiled with SSL.


DESCRIPTION

       Testhost will query a NNTP news server, specified by host­
       name.  The default action is to issue the help command  to
       the  server,  to  see what software it is running and what
       commands it accepts.

       If the -a  option  is  used,  testhost  will  display  the
       server's  active history list.  If the -n date time option
       is used, testhost will display all new groups  created  on
       the  server  since the date and time specified.  If the -o
       option is used, then testhost will  display  the  overview
       format, which is what the XOVER command returns.

       If  the  -M  option  is used, the command will be preceded
       with the "mode reader" command, which might be  needed  by
       some servers.


EXIT VALUES

       0 on success, -1 on failure.


SEE ALSO

       suck(1), rpost(1), lpost(1).

                                                      TESTHOST(1)

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