Feeding news by mail

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Thu Feb 11 09:55:28 EST 1993

I've been using "cnews" and the "tin" threaded newsreader to read the
BIOSCI mailing lists locally as news for some time now because we do
not have a news feed at our site and have little prospect of ever
getting one ;-(

Everything works correctly except posting or followups which
(obviously) can't work without a newsfeed.  I post to bionet.plants by
using the tin 'r'eply to author command and edit the address by hand.

I recently saw some discussion about this problem elsewhere on Usenet
and other people use the 'moderated' status of newsgroups in the news
active file to re-direct articles to a mailing list by putting the list
address (cf. the moderator's address) in the mailpaths file.

I tried it, and it works perfectly!

Dave wants people to use news rather than mail but this method provides
a compromise for people who, like me, cannot easily obtain a news feed.
It also permits me to read other mailing lists as if they were news
groups which makes slogging through bulging mailboxes little more than
a painful memory ...

Here is my mailpaths file for a UK JANET (*.ac.uk) site mailing articles
to the BIOSCI lists at daresbury.ac.uk


-- cut here --
bionet.agroforestry ag-forst at daresbury
bionet.announce bionews at daresbury 
bionet.biology.computational comp-bio at daresbury
bionet.biology.tropical trop-bio at daresbury
bionet.general bioforum at daresbury
bionet.genome.arabidopsis arab-gen at daresbury
bionet.genome.chrom22 chrom-22 at daresbury
bionet.immunology immuno at daresbury
bionet.info-theory bio-info at daresbury
bionet.jobs biojobs at daresbury 
bionet.journals.contents bio-jrnl at daresbury
bionet.journals.note jrnlnote at daresbury
bionet.molbio.ageing ageing at daresbury
bionet.molbio.bio-matrix biomatrx at daresbury
bionet.molbio.embldatabank embl-db at daresbury 
bionet.molbio.evolution mol-evol at daresbury
bionet.molbio.gdb gdb at daresbury
bionet.molbio.genbank genbankb at daresbury
bionet.molbio.gene-linkage gen-link at daresbury
bionet.molbio.genome-program gnome-pr at daresbury
bionet.molbio.hiv hiv-biol at daresbury
bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts methods at daresbury 
bionet.molbio.proteins proteins at daresbury
bionet.neuroscience neur-sci at daresbury
bionet.plants plantbio at daresbury
bionet.population-bio pop-bio at daresbury 
bionet.sci-resources sci-res at daresbury
bionet.software bio-soft at daresbury
bionet.users.addresses bio-naut at daresbury
bionet.virology virology at daresbury
bionet.women-in-bio womenbio at daresbury
bionet.xtallography xtal-log at daresbury
Dr. A.J.Travis,                       |  JANET: <ajt at uk.ac.sari.rri>
Rowett Research Institute,            |  other: <ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk>
Greenburn Road, Bucksburn,            |  phone: +44 (0)224 712751
Aberdeen, AB2 9SB. UK.                |    fax: +44 (0)224 715349

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