innxbatch - send xbatched Usenet articles to a remote NNTP server
] [ -t timeout
] [ -T
] [ -v
] host file ...
connects to the NNTP server at the specified host
sends it the specified xbatch files, using the XBATCH extension to the NNTP
protocol. It is normally invoked by a script run out of cron
(1) to lock the host name, followed by a ctlinnd
command to flush the batchfile.
Each file is removed after it has been successfully transferred.
If a communication error such as a write
(2) failure, or an unexpected
reply from the remote server occurs, innxbatch
will stop sending and
leave all remaining files untouched for later retry.
- -t seconds
- Innxbatch normally blocks until the connection is
made. To specify a timeout on how long to try to make the connection, use
the ``-t'' flag.
- -T seconds
- To specify the total amount of time that should be allowed
for article transfers, use the ``-T'' flag.
The default is to wait until an I/O error occurs, or all the articles have
been transferred. If the ``-T'' flag is used, the time is checked just
before each article is started; it will not abort a transfer that is in
- Upon exit, innxbatch reports transfer and CPU usage
statistics via syslog(3). If the ``-v'' flag is used, they will
also be printed on the standard output.
- Use the ``-D'' flag to print debugging information on
standard error. This will show the protocol transactions between
innxbatch and the NNTP server on the remote host.
A sample newsfeeds(5)
entry to produce appropriate xbatch files (thanks
to Karsten Leipold <firstname.lastname@example.org>):
:<pathbin in inn.conf>/batcher \
-p "(<$ac_cv_path_COMPRESS in config.cache> >\
<pathoutgoing in inn.conf>/nase.\$\$)" \
A sample script to invoke innxbatch(8)
## SH script to send xbatches for a site, wrapped around innxbatch
## sendxbatches.sh <sitename> <hostname> <xbatch file name> ...
if [ $# -le 3 ]
echo "usage: $0 <sitename> <hostname> <xbatch file name>"
. <pathbin in inn.conf>/innshellvars
site="$1"; host="$2"; shift; shift
ctlinnd flush "$site" \
&& sleep 5 \
&& exec $NEWSBIN/innxbatch -v -D "$host" $*
Written by Stefan Petri <email@example.com>, modelled after
(8) and the XBATCH patch for the nntp reference implementation.
ctlinnd(8), inn.conf(5), innd(8), innxmit(8), newsfeeds(5), nntpsend(8),