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passwd.nntp - Man Page

Passwords for connecting to remote NNTP servers


The file pathetc/passwd.nntp contains host / name / password triplets for use when authenticating client programs to NNTP servers. This file is normally interpreted by NNTPsendpassword() in libinn(3). Blank lines and lines beginning with a number sign (#) are ignored. All other lines should consist of three or four fields separated by colons:


The first field is the name of a host, and is matched in a case-insensitive manner.  (No detailed matching, such as comparing IP addresses, is done.)

The second field is a user name, and the third is a password.  If either the username or password is empty, then that portion of the authentication will not occur.  (For example, a server may require only a username, in which case the password is not necessary.  Note that a username is mandatory with AUTHINFO USER/PASS.)

The optional fourth field specifies the type of authentication to use. At present, the only recognized “authentication style” is authinfo; this is also the default.  It means that AUTHINFO USER/PASS commands are used to authenticate to the remote host.  (These NNTP commands are described in RFC 4643.)

For example:


This file should not be world-readable.

actsync, getlist, inews, innxbatch, innxmit, nnrpd, nntpget and rnews make use of passd.nntp when needing to connect to a remote server.


Written by Rich $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> for InterNetNews.

See Also

inn.conf(5), innd(8), libinn(3).

Referenced By

actsync(8), getlist(1), inews(1), inncheck(8), innxbatch(8), innxmit(8), libinn(3), nnrpd(8), nntpget(1), rnews(1).

2022-07-10 INN 2.7.1 InterNetNews Documentation