On Sat, 22 Mar 1997 15:00:24 GMT, Alex Farran
>I'm looking for an off-line news-reader for Linux that operates in a
>similar way to Forte Agent on Windows. It should allow me to download
>the new headers for the selected groups, disconnect, select the
>threads I want to read and then reconnect to download the articles.
>This is a good way of reading articles in high volume groups where
>only a small number of threads are of interest.
>I've installed skim which operates in this way, but it's quite a basic
>news-reader. Are there any other offline readers for linux?
>Alternatively, is it possible to coerce an on-line reader into
>operating in the way I want? Could an on-line reader be made to read
>articles downloaded by some other program, such as skim? Are there
>patches for on-line readers to convert them into off-line readers?
I've been using slrn for a while, and now it has a support app named
slrnpull, which is quite easy to set up, which will copy the newsgroups you
want, and however many you want, to your local machine, and then read the
groups offline (slrn --spool). You can reply to articles while offline, and
these replies are spooled until you go back online, and then automatically
sent off when you run slrnpull again. Its a fairly nice interface, and
under rxvt, for example, you can configure it to use the mouse; while under
console, you can only use keystroke commands. Seems to be a keystoke for
anything you want to do. I haven't worked on any macros yet, but there
seems to be support for this feature, and you'd prolly be able to do some
funky things with this too.
I don't think it can be configured to just click on some headers, and then
copy over just the articles associated with these headers, but I could be
wrong; slrnpull is pretty speedy though, and I can usually copy over a few
1000 articles in about 10 or so minutes (haven't really paid too much
attention, really). I have noticed that my online time has gone down
considerably with slrn, and thus my montly connection bill is vastly reduced