[rescue] UUCP network

John Floren john at jfloren.net
Sun May 17 13:09:37 CDT 2015

Well, cnews is certainly proving interesting as I try to compile the
BSD port. It's using the old-style C declarations which I think is
confusing to clang.

I should tell Geoff I'm trying to use his software, he might get a laugh :)


On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 1:39 PM, Steven M Jones <smj+rescue at crash.com> wrote:
> On 05/16/2015 07:17, Andrew M Hoerter wrote:
>> As for the USENET part, when I had my feed ages ago I was using c-news.
>> It
>> comes with adequate docs to get you started, and I think the O Reilly UUCP
>> book covers it as well.  But I haven t tried c-news on any  modern  Unix,
>> you
>> may run into some minor troubles there.
>> I d stay away from INN though, I remember it being a major pain to
>> configure
>> and very  needy  maintenance-wise, vs. c-news being dead simple.  Perhaps
>> it s
>> improved since then.
> I'd say rather that each package is reflective of it's era and environment.
> The C News design is more influenced by the design of UUCP itself - quirky,
> batch-oriented. Whereas INN is definitely a product of the always-on TCP/IP
> Internet that was expanding rapidly in the early 90s, designed as a
> persistent, high volume, background network service for that environment.
> INN seemed totally reasonable to me, operating it on a spare Sun-3/260 for a
> company of 30-40 people in that era. But C News might be more of a nostalgia
> kick, and perhaps you'll find it more suitable for a retrocomputing project
> - even if you're using UUCP over TCP rather than Telebit Trailblazers.
> Part of me would like to pull out the Trailblazers and rig up an analog
> terminal adapter... Unfortunately I won't have cycles for any aspect of this
> thread for the next month or so.
> --S.
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