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Re: news server account with gnus

From: John Mastro
Subject: Re: news server account with gnus
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:22:16 -0800

Matthew Pritchard <> wrote:
> I have a usenet account with the server beeng
> <> port 119,23, or 80 without ssl. The account
> has a username and password. can anyone describe to me how to get this
> to work?

Put this in your init file to tell Gnus about the server:

    (setq gnus-select-method '(nntp ""))

And create a file ~/.authinfo with contents like:

    machine login USERNAME password PASSWORD

Replacing USERNAME and PASSWORD as appropriate, of course. That
tells Gnus about the credentials. Make sure only your user can read and
write to it:

    chmod 600 ~/.authinfo

Port 119 is the default for NNTP so that shouldn't require any

Hopefully that gets you started. Gnus has good documentation[1] and
there are a number of tutorials out there. Admittedly, it can be an
overwhelming amount of information, but it sounds like you can ignore
everything except NNTP (usenet).



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