Bug 6003

Summary: trn's config is VERY broken
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Craig Kelley <namonai>
Component: trnAssignee: Bill Nottingham <notting>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact:
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Version: 6.1CC: rhaig, rvokal
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Description Craig Kelley 1999-10-16 01:37:13 UTC
6.1 is turning out to be as bad as 5.0 was...

I have an external news server, and everything is setup just
fine (NNTPSERVER is set).  When I try to post:

Check spelling, Send, Abort, Edit, or List? s
Cannot open /etc/news/inn.conf

I don't *run* inn.  It isn't even *installed*.

Argh.  Between this and the installer crashing *multiple*
times and emacs-nox *insisting* on using some file in
/usr/X11 (this is a server with no X11 at all...).  I give
up!

You *do* test these distributions before you send them out,
right?  Sorry for the negativity, but sheesh, it hasn't been
a fun day of upgrading.  (I'm *not* installing 6.1 on our
production boxes any time soon)

Comment 1 Craig Kelley 1999-10-20 22:26:59 UTC
I've narrowed the problem down to inews, but I can't find the SRPMS
for it, so I have no idea how you guys compiled it.

Comment 2 Chris Siebenmann 1999-10-21 08:34:59 UTC
FYI: The inews binary/package appears to be derived from the inn
source rpm (according to 'rpm -qi inews', which shows that as
the source RPM).

Comment 3 rhaig 1999-11-19 18:19:59 UTC
from the `rpm -qi inews` output
=======================
Install inews if you need a program for posting Usenet articles to
local news servers.
=======================
the word "local" there concerns me.  So what am I to tell my users if I don't
want them logged in to my news server?

I'm this (-><-) close to just writing a perl script to replace inews in this
case.

Comment 4 rhaig 1999-11-19 18:22:59 UTC
The broken component here is actually inews, not trn.  Unless Pnews (part of the
trn package) is going to get a new posting program, in which case that program
should be part of the trn package and the component is set properly.

Comment 5 Craig Kelley 1999-11-19 20:57:59 UTC
I fixed the problem by putting an inn.conf file in /etc/news.

This should probably be done by the inews RPM in the case that inn isn't
installed (and it usually *isn't*).

Here's the inn.conf file if you're interested:

   http://inconnu.isu.edu/inn.conf

Comment 6 rhaig 1999-11-19 23:45:59 UTC
that's a nice workaround, but to create a config file for software that is
mostly unrelated to the package at hand should not be considered a fix.

The code should be fixed to send the article at hand to the server listed in
/etc/nntpserver,$NNTPSERVER or something on the command line to Pnews(defaulting
to "news" if none is present).

thanks for the workaround by the way.

Comment 7 rhaig 2000-07-25 21:10:59 UTC
I've grabbed the inn-2.2.2 srpm and I'm going to work on a patch to implement my
last suggestion.  I know that 2.2.3 is out, but I don't believe inews.c changed

Comment 8 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-01-20 00:05:36 UTC
This has been fixed in newer versions, which explicitly require inews.

Comment 9 rhaig 2002-10-26 05:39:52 UTC
Note:  trn4 includes inews in it's build.  This may or may not cause problems
depending on how dependancies are structured.  Just a heads-up