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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-08 13:29:47

At 11:41 AM 4/8/2002, Jason Stewart wrote:

>I am willing to try to help on this. I am no expert on NNTP but I
>set up a private server before. I think we could use my machine for
>testing but I don't know if it can handle the traffic or not. I have
>a DSL connection with 768kbps each way.

It would be very helpful to at least do some testing. I don't have any
idea how much bandwidth is required to support a news server for Boost.

>I have been experimenting with authenticating posters and readers
>against a
>database. It should be possible and I have had some success but I'm
>quite there yet.

Couple of points:

To experiment with a news server, we can start with just
mail-to-news. That requires not authentication, IIUC.

We could then start allowing a bit of posting using just a
Username/password protected interface where everyone shares the same

(If you can figure out how to setup true member authentication right
away, great, but I'm not sure that is necessary for rev 1.)

>I also have never set up a gateway between a mailing list and a NNTP
>server but I understand that mailman has some facilities for this.

Mailman appears simple to set up. It can provide mail-to-news,
news-to-mail, or both direction gateway services.

The key Mailman options seem to be:

* "The Internet address of the machine your News server is running on"

"The News server is not part of Mailman proper. You have to already
have access to a NNTP server, and that NNTP server has to recognize the
machine this mailing list runs on as a machine capable of reading and
posting news"

I guess this should be "", and that we've set our DNS
server to resolve that to your IP address.

* "The name of the Usenet group to gateway to and/or from."

Something like "boost.general"? (I'm assuming there will be boost.user,
etc, in the future.)


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