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       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 ]


       -a     Get the active list from hostname


       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.


       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.


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


       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.


       0 on success, -1 on failure.


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


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