Newsgroups often have a somewhat aged appearance. This often makes them unattractive for younger people that only know forums or newer stuff. The NNTP Forum tries to give newsgroups a more modern appearance to make them more usable for young people. You can read the full story behind the frontend at my blog.
Here's a short overview of what the NNTP Forum features:
This is the basic stuff. Right now the forum is optimized for the environment of my university. Therefore the authorization of users is handled in an unusual way:
Ok, now to the technical stuff:
The frontend is currently only tested with INN 2.5.2 (InterNetNews NNRP server).
site.confis a template for an Apache2 virtual host. However you need to customize it for your setup:
/srv/sites/news.example.comwith the path you put the files to.
Configure the authentication backend by setting the
directive. You can use whatever auth backend you want but by default the NNTP forum
uses the supplied HTTP authentication for the NNTP connection to the newsgroup. So it's
best to use the same authentication backend for the frontend you already use for your NNTP
server. A list of Apaches authentication providers can be found in the Apache2 documentation
Authorization and Access Control.
If you want a public frontend you can remove the authentication configuration. However
you need the change the NNTP user and password in
config.php to the user
that should be used by the NNTP connection.
include/config.phpfile. At least set the following options:
unread-trackerdirectories need to be writable by the webserver. The frontend will use these directories for temporary data and to keep track what the users already red.
cron-jobs/clean-expired-trackers.php. On Debian based systems this can be done by creating a symbolic link to
clean-expired-trackers.phpin the directory
/etc/cron.daily. The cronjob needs the PHP5 command line interface to run (the
That should do the job. Not as easy as it could be. Sorry for that.
If you have any trouble send me a mail or leave a comment on my my weblog.
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