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Running NNTP Java App on NetWare 6

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By Michael Enevold

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Posted: 13 Jan 2003
 

We needed an easy solution for setting up and running an NNTP server. I searched the web and came up with this solution. I think it's pretty cool, and hope it will be useful for someone else.

Running third-party NNTP Server Java application on a NetWare 6/SP2 with JVM 1.4

First download the Free CoffeeLink Open News Server 1.3 (build 0) Application from this URL: http://www.burton-computer.com/downloads/clnews-1.3.zip

Then proceed as follows:

  1. Unzip clnews-1.3.zip to SYS:\clnews-1.3
  2. Edit the classpath line in SYS:\ETC\java.cfg to include the classpath for CLNEWS like below:
    example:
    	CLASSPATH=sys:\java\lib\rt.jar;sys:\
    	java\classes;sys:\clnews-1.3\runtime\clnews.jar.
  3. Create a file called CLNEWS.NCF in SYS:\clnews-1.3 with this content:
    envset CLNEWS_HOME=sys:\clnews-1.3\runtime
    	java -envCWD=$CLNEWS_HOME org.cooldevtools
    	.apps.nntp server sys:\
    	clnews-1.3\runtime\news.conf
  4. Create a file called CONFIGURE.NCF in SYS:\clnews-1.3 with this content:
    	envset CLNEWS_HOME=sys:\clnews-1.3\runtime
    	java -envCWD=$CLNEWS_HOME org.cooldevtools
    	.apps.nntp configure
  5. Edit the sys:system\autoexec.ncf to include:
    Search add sys:\clnews-1.3
    	Search add sys:\clnews-1.3\runtime
    	CLNEWS.NCF
  6. Restart the server to get things working.

Now by default you should be able to access the JAVA NNTP server with a default news reader such as Outlook Express, Morzilla, Netscape 7, etc., like this:

news://ServerIPOrDNSName

The NNTP server by default creates a forum called "public.discuss"

You can create new discussion forums by running CONFIGURE.NCF from the NW6 Console and edit roles, Server specific things, etc.

Probably the files here can be modified to work better, but these worked fine for us. Remember this server is best suited for smaller number of users (25-50).

Have Fun.

If you have any questions you may contact Michael at me@2ndc.dk


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