HERA-B Vocabulary on news
to be continued ...
- A news feed is an interaction between two news
One news-server gives news it has recieved by other servers or by a direct
post to the other news-server. A normal news user should
never need to handle with that.
- To send a followup to a news message means to post
a message which is related to the specified one. Most
newsreaders do a special sorting for followups.
- is a system to distribute information to a large group
of people using the possibilities of modern computer networks. Unlike
mail, the people who want to get the message need not notify the
sender, but can subscribe to a newsgroup
and will then be informed of new messages when reading news.
- is another word for newsgroup.
- are collection of
news of a specific topic, e.g. for the
HERA-B RICH or the
DESY Vax-Cluster. When
posting news, you have to specify to which
newsgroup your message should be posted.
- are programs to
read news. Most newsreader are able to post
news too. The only newsreaders for UNIX I know off which are pure newsreader
are "Tin" and "Xrn". But there are many other newsreader for
MacIntoshes and PC and there are programs for UNIX which can read (and
post) news among other things. Examples for that are recent versions
of "Pine", which is a nice mailing programm too, and most WWW-browsers,
as there are "Lynx", "Mosaic" and "Netscape". The actuall action of
newsreaders is to connect to a newsserver and
getting the (new) news from it and posting written
news to it respectivly.
- News Server
- is a computer (and the respective software) which servers for
distributing news. You have to connect to a News Server for reading or
posting news by a newsreader.
The name of the news-server must be known by your
newsreader. If the newsreader is not given by
default and you do not know it, try
news.<your_site>.<your_domain> as name.
The news should be destributed among the news servers automatically,
so that every user who wants to read or post news
can connect to "his/her" site specific news server without bothering
about distributing the news to other sites. The news will only be
fed to those news-servers which are specified by the
actual configuration and are only allowed by news-servers which have
the explicit permission.
- is the commonly used word for writing a news and sending it to
one or more newsgroups. This means actually that the message is send to
the news-server one is connected to.
- is a mechanism to distribute news as news feed, but
one news-server is asking for new news ("polling") rather than the other is
feeding the news by itself.
The poll mechanism is not used at DESY.
- See News Server
- Sending a reply to a news article is either the same as replying an
e-mail - you e-mail your comments to the author of the article you are
replying to - or is another word for sending a
- to a newsgroup can be done by any newsreader
that makes use of the
.newsrc file. It means to set up this
file in such a way, that this newsgroup will be included in the list of
newsgroups which the newsreader shows or checks for new news when invoked.
- A thread is the collection of a message and the messages which were
posted as followups to that
message or to the followups of that message.