> This seems to be a very long way around a minor problem. I merely
> added my local news server and deleted the default news server. I
> then loaded all newsgroups, subscribed to the ones I wanted and
> unsubscribed to the 3 default groups. I then set Netscape to show only
> subscribed groups. It now works perfectly!
Then you have no need of the fix I posted; great. But myself and
other people do... For us, the simple method you descibe here doesn't
(didn't) work. Believe me, I tried that first. I know Netscape well, as
I've been using it on other platforms for years.
Some people, especially those using FAT systems, have actual
_problems_ with the subscription process. Not in that they don't know
how to do it, but they KNOW how to do it, and it doesn't work. It's a
bug in Navigator/2 b2 which affects some, but not all.
(Just to check; what filesystem do you have Netscape/2 installed on,
an HPFS partion? Check the files in your news directory. If they have
double-dots in the filenames like mine did upon installation, then you
can see that this would obviously be a problem if you had installed on a
FAT filesystem. Myself, I installed it on my HPFS partion, and I _still_
had problems until I fixed it as I described.)
I'm not saying my fix is necessary; yes, some people just aren't used
to Netscape, and don't know the proper way to show/subscribe groups.
Just remember that there ARE people out there who have a problem that
this fix... well, fixes.
> Netscape is obviously creating the files and updating them correctly.
> There are perhaps people who aren't aware of some of the quirks of
> the Netscape News newsreader however (especially if you're used to
> something like PR News, NR/2, FreeAgent etc.) and therefore may not have
> figured this out yet, however.