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Installing newsgroup server – INN

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I have subscribed to few newsgroups and reading them with Outlook express. I was using Free News server provided by for reading news. For last several days, it stoped working. There is no message at all.
I made a search on google and in newsgroup for Free NNTP servers. I can’t find any free public server, most of the links are for paid service.
So i tried to install one myself, so i can use it with out paying. Some of the servers have lot of free space, so installing a NNTP server may not take much space.
I found INN, by ISC
This is available in FreeBSD ports. So i installed it with
# cd /usr/ports/news/inn-stable
# make
# make install
# make clean
Now the INN is installed on the server, it say
      This port has installed the following binaries which execute with
      increased privileges.
      This port has installed the following files which may act as network
      servers and may therefore pose a remote security risk to the system.
      This port has installed the following startup scripts which may cause
      these network services to be started at boot time.
      If there are vulnerabilities in these programs there may be a security
      risk to the system. FreeBSD makes no guarantee about the security of
      ports included in the Ports Collection. Please type ‘make deinstall’
      to deinstall the port if this is a concern.
      For more information, and contact details about the security
      status of this software, see the following webpage:
What is ramining is configuring INN and get it working. Need to find more information before doing this, untill then i disabled INN from starting with
mv /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ /root
Check back later to see if i get INN working on my server, may be i will start a Free Newsgroup server or a deejanews clone if it won’t use up lot of system resources and newsgroup spam problems 🙂

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