Indicating NNTP news server uniformly: how?
Ideally, the environment variable NNTPSERVER or the file /etc/news/server
would determine the NNTP news server for any news-reader. This would ideally
work for knews, netscape, pine, trn, ... . I believe one can configure the
traditional news readers like knews, pine, trn to use the variable NNTPSERVER,
but NNTPSERVER apparently can not be used by netscape.
Of course, I have set the news-server's name within netscape. But each user
must do this (though I have but three users here at home). My main motivation
for wanting that netscape refer to something like $NNTPSERVER is that I use
two different ISPs, often in the same day. When I switch my ISP during the
day, I prefer not to reconfigure netscape.
One solution would have all news-readers refer to my local computer for news
service, then run a dummy/caching news-server on my local computer. I dabbled
at INN, saw no documentation on such a trivial use, and gave up. Perhaps
leafnode would do this; I don't know.
Does anyone know a simple way to switch between NNTP servers by either
a. feeding something to netscape
b. running a local news dummy
Jim Burt, NJ9L, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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