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Re: How far did this get?

Article: 8977 of alt.hackers
From: (W Lewis)
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: How far did this get?
Date: 2 Nov 1995 18:14:39 -0800
Organization: none
Lines: 40
Approved: ya bet yer bippy!
Message-ID: 47btuf$
Status: RO

In article <479h8i$>,
Matthew Parry <mettw@nntp.unsw.EDU.AU> wrote:
>    It seems to be posting here but I'm not sure how far
>I'm getting with this method.  I'm in Australia, so if you're outside
>of Aus could you send me a note to reasure me that I'm not just talking
>to mayself?  Thanks much.

Well, it got to Seattle, at least. Here's the Path: it took. I kinda
wonder what the hell pipex is doing, though...


sub obNewsHack {
The other month my ISP's news server went on the blink and slowly stopped
sending me news. I set up a backup feed from my employer to my home
(my employer uses a different provider, so they were still getting news),
which worked, but unfortunately my employer has a pretty small feed and
I was still missing a lot of news. There wasn't enough disk on my
employer's machine to enlarge their feed to cover mine. So I hacked
up a perl script,, to fetch news from one server (using
NEWNEWS and ARTICLE) and send it to another (using IHAVE) without ever
actually storing the articles locally.

Worked like a charm when I had it reading from my employer's server.
Failed completely in practice because my employer's ISP's news server
wouldn't allow me to use NEWNEWS (that's done by NNRPd, see, and since
we were supposedly only feeding news normally, we only had access to
the INNd commands... sigh.) I never got around to finding a way around
this because my own ISP shaped up shortly thereafter.



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