I just made a small tool that might be widely useful, and save space. I
sometimes want to subscribe or unsubscribe to news groups quickly. The news
reader rn makes this difficult. Instead, I edit my ~/.newsrc file, which has
many lines that look like this:
The ":" means I am subscribed to that group. A "!" means that I am not.
Following this is a list of the groups that I have read and that the news
reader has seen. Unfortunately this list gets extremely long and after a while
it is so long that the vi editor won't allow the lines. Besides, it's a waste
of space. So I wrote a unix script (rntidy) that calls a small Pascal program
(rnclean.p) which cleans up the list. They are both available by anonymous ftp
from ftp.ncifcrf.gov in pub/delila.
National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Mathematical Biology
Frederick, Maryland 21702-1201
toms at ncifcrf.gov