Introduction to slrn

slrn is a slang-based news reader, capable of reading local news spools as well as groups from an NNTP server. Small local news spools can also be created with the use of the slrnpull program included in the slrn distribution.

Package information

slrn dependencies



Installation of slrn

Install slrn by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --with-slrnpull &&
make LDFLAGS="-ldl" &&
make install

Command explanations

./configure --with-slrnpull: Build the slrnpull executable.

Configuring slrn

Config files

/etc/slrn.rc, ~/.slrnrc

Configuration Information

The first time slrn is run, the ~/.jnewsrc file must be created. For this configuration to work, you must have an environmental variable, NNTPSERVER, set. In normal operation it would be exported into the environment by a startup file, like /etc/profile or ~/.bashrc. Here we will just put it into the environment of the configuration step. We will use the LFS news server in this example, but you should use whatever server you prefer.

Create the ~/.jnewsrc file with the following command: \
    slrn -f ~/.jnewsrc --create

You will also have to edit one of the configuration files. There is a sample startup /usr/share/doc/slrn/slrn.rc file that comes with slrn. It is extensively documented but if you need more information, look at the slrn website.


The slrn package contains slrn and slrnpull.



slrn is the slang-based news reader.


slrnpull is used to pull a small news feed from an NNTP server for offline reading.