news2mail - Channel script to gateway news into e-mails
runs as a channel process underneath innd
. It is set up
as channel feed in newsfeeds
, with different mailing-lists as funnel
entries pointing to it (see below); news2mail
expects the token of an
article followed by a sequence of list names.
uses the configuration file pathetc
/news2mail.cf to map
mailing-list names to e-mail addresses. news2mail
to queue the messages for later delivery (to avoid DOS attacks
by mass postings). You must run "sendmail -q" periodically to get
the queue processed.
The configuration file format is simple: comments (starting with a hash sign
"#") and blank lines are ignored. All other lines have two or three
fields on them. The first is the list name and is what innd
the site field of the entry in the newsfeeds
file). The second field is
the actual e-mail address to send the article to. The third field is optional:
it sets the envelope-from address (for instance a list member's address; if
not set, it defaults to the "news" user).
In e-mail messages, the To: header will have the mailing-list address (i.e. the
second field). Besides, news2mail
strips most article headers from the
article before mailing.
, the channel feed should look like:
and for each mailing-list, you only have to add to newsfeeds
Please note the use of "Ap" and the exclusion of the list owner domain
to protect the list from feeding back new arrivals from the list. The site
name used in the newfeeds
entry for a mailing-list (above
"list-big-red-ants") must be the same as the first field in an entry
. For instance:
# Newsfeeds-name List-to-address [List-sender-address]
list-big-red-ants email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Perl program itself used to gateway news into
- The configuration file which specifies the mapping to use
program is set up as a funneled channel in
, implying multiple matches should be handled as one
- and multiple matching funneled feeds will result in a single call to
the script. Therefore, since only one mail is sent, crossposts are not
currently properly handled as for the envelope-from address (which then
defaults to the "news" user).
was written by Brian Kantor in 1998. This man page was written
by James Brister and converted to POD by Julien Elie. The third optional field
was added by D. Stussy in 2008.
$Id: news2mail.pod 8199 2008-11-30 13:30:47Z iulius $