expire.ctl - control file for Usenet article expiration
Blank lines and lines beginning with a number sign (``#'') are ignored. All other lines should be in one of two formats.
The first format specifies how long to keep history entries for articles that aren't present in the news spool. These are articles which have either already expired out of spool or which the server rejected (and ``remembertrash'' was set to true in inn.conf(5)). There should only be one line in this format, which looks like:
The reason to retain a record of an old articles is to handle the case where a peer offers old articles that were previously accepted and then expired. Without a setting like this, the server would accept the article again and readers would see duplicate articles. Articles older than a certain number of days won't be accepted by the server at all (see the ``-c'' flag of innd(8)), and this setting should probably match that time period (14 days by default) to ensure the server never accepts duplicates.
This setting does not affect article expirations.
Most of the lines in this file will be in the second format, either four or five colon-separated fields as follows:
Where classnum field used for class based expiry is the number that you specified in storage.conf(5).
The pattern field used for group based expiry is a list of wildmat(3)-style patterns, separated by commas. This field specifies the newsgroups to which the line is applied. Note that the file is interpreted in order and the last line that matches will be used, so general patterns (like a single asterisk to set the defaults) should appear at the beginning of the file, before more specific settings.
The modflag field used for group based expiry can be used to further limit newsgroups to which the line applies, and should be chosen from the following set:
M Only moderated groups U Only unmoderated groups A All groups X Removes the article from all groups that it appears in
The rest of three fields are used to determine how long an article should be kept. Each field should be either a number of days (fractions like ``8.5'' are allowed) or the word ``never.'' The most common use is to specify the default value for how long an article should be kept. The first and third fields --- keep and purge --- specify the boundaries within which an Expires header will be honored. They are ignored if an article has no Expires header. (In other words, if an article does not have an Expires header, only default field is used and the Date header is be honored to expire. But if an article has an Expires header, default is not used, and articles are expired no faster than the time set with keep and kept no longer than the time specified with purge regardless of Expires headers). One should think of the fields as ``lower-bound default upper-bound.'' Since most articles do not have an Expires header, the second field tends to be the most important and most commonly applied one.
The keep field specifies how many days an article should be kept before it will be removed. No article in the matching newsgroups or class will be removed if it has been received for less than keep days, regardless of Expires header. If this field is the word ``never,'' no article in the matching newsgroups or class will ever be expired.
The default field specifies how long to keep an article if no Expires header is present. If this field is the word ``never'' then articles without explicit expiration dates will never be expired.
The purge field specifies the upper bound on how long an article can be kept. No article will be kept longer then the number of days specified by this field. All articles will be removed after then have been kept for purge days. If purge is the word ``never'' then the article will never be deleted.
If the line for classnum is not defined, keep, default and purge are assumed to be all ``0''. (See below for default definition.)
It is often useful to honor the Expires header in articles, especially those in moderated groups. To do this, set keep to zero, default to whatever value you wish, and purge to never (or alternately set purge to some large number, like 365 days for a maximum article life of a year). To ignore any Expires header, set all three fields to the same value.
For group based expiry, there must be exactly one line with a pattern of ``*'' and a modflags of ``A'' --- this matches all groups and is used to set the expiration default. And for class base expiry, there can be exactly one line with a class of ``255'' --- this matches all class and can be used to set the expiration default. In either case, it should be the first expiration line.
## How long to keep expired history /remember/:5 ## class 0 stay for two weeks 0:14:14:14For group based expiry;
## How long to keep expired history /remember/:5 ## Most things stay for two weeks *:A:14:14:14 ## Believe expiration dates in moderated groups, ## up to six weeks *:M:1:30:42 ## Keep local stuff for a long time foo.*:A:30:30:30
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