SEBASTOPOL, CA--The world's largest discussion forum, Usenet, is
doubling in size every year. There are Usenet discussion groups on
every imaginable topic, from the technical to the political to the
truly bizarre and arcane. If you simply read Usenet postings, all of
this discussion can be entertaining. But if you're a system administrator
who has to set up and run a Netnews system (the set of standards and
software underlying Usenet), you suddenly have the unenviable task of
making sure that your system can handle a data flow of thousands of
written by two of the foremost authorities
on Usenet administration, gives system administrators and Internet service
providers concrete advice-until now, largely undocumented-on setting up
and handling a news system.
Managing Usenet covers C News and INN, the two most widely
used news relayers on UNIX systems. It explains, step-by-step, the basics
of starting a Netnews system, from getting a news feed, to building and
installing the news software, to keeping everything running smoothly.
It covers critical information for running everything from a single news
server inside your organization to complicated systems with multiple
servers, several incoming news feeds, and multiple outgoing feeds to
outside hosts. Managing Usenet also offers guidelines to help you make
sure that your system is capable of handling news volume today-and
in the future.
About the Authors
Henry Spencer ran the first Usenet site in Canada (and the first
outside the US), which was part of the Usenet "backbone" in its early days.
He co-wrote C News, one of the two major software packages for network news
transport and storage. He worked on a first draft of the replacement for
RFC 1036, which defines the format and protocols of network news. He was
involved in the early definition of CANet (the Canadian National
Research Network). He lives in Toronto, Canada.
David Lawrence has been the moderator of news.announce.newgroups,
the clearinghouse for the creation of new mainstream newsgroups, since
February 1991. He spent five years as the news system administrator for
UUNET Technologies and recently took a position with the Internet Software
Consortium, where he can concentrate on programming freely available software
for the Internet community. His current Usenet responsibilities include
maintenance of the mainstream newsgroup namespace and management of the
worldwide database of newsgroup moderators. He lives in Underhill Center,
By Henry Spencer & David Lawrence
1st Edition January 1998 (US)
508 pages, 1-56592-198-4, $32.95 (US$)