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.
Download (HTTP): http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/slrn/slrn-0.9.8.0.tar.bz2
Download (FTP): ftp://ftp.fh-heilbronn.de/pub/mirrors/slrn/slrn-0.9.8.0.tar.bz2
Download size: 972 KB
Estimated Disk space required: 9.3 MB
Estimated build time: 0.19 SBU
Install slrn by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \ --with-slrnpull && make LDFLAGS="-ldl" && make install
./configure --with-slrnpull: Build the slrnpull executable.
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:
NNTPSERVER=news.linuxfromscratch.org \ 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.