Reading news offline, leafnode and syslog-problems.
Thank you to everyone who responded. One person even sent his
config-files for suck and inn. That helped me to get suck going.
After experimenting I decided to follow the advice on this list to try
out leafnode. It is easy to install and configure and at the moment I
use it in combination with tin. I tried out trn, but I prefer tin.
I also discovered that inn, after it was purged through dpkg, left some
traces in my syslog.conf file that lead to the following messages in my /var/adm/messages file :
Nov 3 06:56:31 Johann syslogd 1.3-0#6: restart.
Nov 3 06:56:32 Johann kernel: klogd 1.3-0, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Nov 3 06:56:32 Johann syslogd 1.3-0#6: restart.
Nov 3 06:56:32 Johann syslogd: select: Bad file number
Nov 3 06:57:03 Johann last message repeated 20605 times
Nov 3 06:58:04 Johann last message repeated 35092 times
After removing inn's references to news-related files in syslog.conf,
my syslogd worked fine.
I have great respect for the people in the debian-user's list who are
so willing to help and put in some effort to help beginners like me.
Thank you very much.
Suid Afrika (South Africa)
Tel. Nr. 0331-461310
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