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GETLIST(1)							    GETLIST(1)

       getlist - get a list from an NNTP server

       getlist [ -h host ] [ list [ pattern [ types ] ] ]

       The  getlist program obtains a list from an NNTP server and sends it to
       standard output.

       The list may be one of active, active.times,  distributions,  or	 news‐
       groups.	   These   values   request   the   active(5),	 active.times,
       /var/spool/news/data/distributions, or  /var/spool/news/data/newsgroups
       files, respectively.

       If  the ``-h'' flag is used, then the program connects to the server on
       the specified host.  The default is to connect to the server  specified
       in the inn.conf(5) file.

       If  the list parameter is active, then the pattern and types parameters
       may be used to limit the output.	 When pattern  is  used,  only	active
       lines with groups that match according to wildmat(3) are printed.  When
       types is also given, only active lines that have a fourth field	start‐
       ing with a character found in types are printed.

       For  example,  the  following command will obtain the one-line descrip‐
       tions of all newsgroups found on UUNET:
	      getlist -h newsgroups

       The following line lists all groups where local postings are permitted,
       are moderated or aliased:
	      getlist active '*' ym=

       Note  that  the	listing	 files	other than the active file is a common
       extension to the NNTP protocol and may not be available on all servers.

       Written by Landon Curt Noll <> for InterNetNews.

       active(5), nnrpd(8), wildmat(3).


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