slrnpull - Man Page

Pull a small newsfeed for offline reading.


slrnpull [-d spooldir] [-h server] [--debug file] [--expire] [--fetch-score n] [--help] [--kill-log file] [--kill-score n] [--logfile file] [--marked-bodies] [--new-groups] [--no-post] [--post] [--post-only] [--rebuild] [--version]


slrnpull pulls a small newsfeed from an NNTP server.  It puts the articles into a spool directory from which slrn can later read them, even if the server is unreachable at that time. Typically, this is useful if you do not have a permanent network connection.


The following options can be used when calling slrnpull from the command line.

-d spooldir

Set slrnpull's root directory for this run to spooldir, overriding the $SLRNPULL_ROOT environment variable.

-h host[:port]

Connect to the NNTP server on host, overriding the $NNTPSERVER environment variable.  If no port is given, the default NNTP port (119) will be used.

--debug file

Write dialogue with the server and some additional debugging output to file.


Expire (remove) old messages from the spool, but do not fetch news.

--fetch-score n

Fetch article bodies with a score of at least n automatically (in true offline mode, the default is to fetch only bodies that were explicitly marked by the user).


Show help for command line switches.

--kill-log file

Keep a log of all articles that were killed by the scorefile in file. By default, no such logfile is created.

--kill-score n

Kill all articles with a score below n. The default value for this is 0.

--logfile file

Log the messages and errors that slrnpull prints to the screen to file. By default, they get written to the file log in slrnpull's root directory.


Only fetch bodies that were marked for download within slrn.


Check for new groups, appending them to the file new.groups in the data directory.


Do not post any articles to the server.


Obsolete version of --post-only.


Post outgoing articles, but do not fetch news.


Like --expire, but also rebuild the overview information. To be used when the overview information is damaged.


Print the version number.


slrnpull reads the following environment variables.  Note that they can be overridden by command line switches.


You can use this variable to tell slrnpull which NNTP server to connect to.  It can be overridden by the command line option -h.


Defines the directory where slrnpull will look for its configuration files and spool the articles.  An absolute filename is needed here.  This can be overriden by the option -d.



If the server requires authentication, this file needs to contain the data (username in the first line, password in the second).  Be careful not to make this file world-readable!


The default file to log status and error messages to.


If you want slrnpull to apply scoring rules to decide which articles to download, put them into this file.


The main configuration file.  It tells slrnpull how many articles to get from which groups and when to expire them.

See Also

The documentation that comes with slrnpull, especially README and SETUP. The FAQ of slrn also answers some questions about slrnpull.

You might also want to look at slrn's official home page, or post to if you have a question not covered by existing documentation.

The latest version of slrnpull is part of the slrn package available from


John E. Davis <>

Please send any bug reports to the current maintainer, Thomas Schultz <>


September 2004 Unix User Manuals