news – print news items

news [ –a ] [ –n ] [ item ... ]

When invoked without options, this simple local news service prints files that have appeared in /lib/news since last reading, most recent first, with each preceded by an appropriate header. The time of reading is recorded. The options are
a    Print all items, regardless of currency. The recorded time is not changed.
n    Report the names of the current items without printing their contents, and without changing the recorded time.

Other arguments select particular news items.

To post a news item, create a file in /lib/news.

You may arrange to receive news automatically by registering your mail address in /sys/lib/subscribers. A daemon mails recent news to all addresses on the list.

Empty news items, and news items named core or dead.letter are ignored.

/lib/news/*           articles
$home/lib/newstime     modify time is time news was last read
/sys/lib/subscribers   who gets news mailed to them

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