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User Commands                                             news(1)


news - print news items


news [ -a ] [ -n ] [ -s ] [ items ]


news is used to keep the user informed of current events. By convention, these events are described by files in the directory /var/news. When invoked without arguments, news prints the contents of all current files in /var/news, most recent first, with each preceded by an appropriate header. news stores the ``currency'' time as the modification date of a file named .news_time in the user's home directory (the identity of this directory is determined by the environment variable $HOME ); only files more recent than this currency time are considered ``current.''


-a Print all items, regardless of currency. In this case, the stored time is not changed. -n Report the names of the current items without print- ing their contents, and without changing the stored time. -s report how many current items exist, without printing their names or contents, and without changing the stored time. It is useful to include such an invoca- tion of news in one's .profile file, or in the system's /etc/profile. All other arguments are assumed to be specific news items that are to be printed. If a delete is typed during the printing of a news item, printing stops and the next item is started. Another delete within one second of the first causes the program to ter- minate.


See environ(5) for a description of the LC_CTYPE environment variable that affects the execution of news.


/etc/profile /var/news/* $HOME/.news_time SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Dec 1996 1 User Commands news(1)


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | | Availability | SUNWesu | | CSI | Enabled | |_____________________________|_____________________________|


profile(4), attributes(5), environ(5) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Dec 1996 2