PNEWS(1)                                                 PNEWS(1)

NAME
       Pnews - a program for posting news articles

SYNOPSIS
       Pnews newsgroup title
         or
       Pnews -h headerfile [oldarticle]
         or
       Pnews

DESCRIPTION
       Pnews  is  a friendly interface for posting news articles.
       It will ask several questions, then  allow  you  to  enter
       your article, and then post it using the inews(1) program.
       If you type h and a carriage return at  any  point,  Pnews
       will tell you what it wants to know.

       If  you put a .signature file in your home directory, your
       inews program will usually append it to your message after
       you are done editing it.  If you prefer to see your signa-
       ture while you are editing, rename your .signature file to
       be  .news_sig  and it will be appended before you begin to
       edit.  Note that .news_sig obeys the  setting  of  DOTDIR,
       but  .signature  may  not, since it is out of Pnews's con-
       trol.  If both .news_sig and .signature exist  you'll  get
       two signatures appended.

       The  -h form is used when invoked from trn or rn.  If your
       editor can edit multiple files, and you want  the  article
       to which you are replying to show up as an alternate file,
       define the environment variable NEWSPOSTER as "Pnews -h %h
       %A".   You  can also modify the the NEWSHEADER environment
       variable to change the header file that  [t]rn  passes  to
       Pnews.

ENVIRONMENT
       AUTHORCOPY
               If  defined,  contains the name of a file to which
               the finished article will be appended.

               Default: article not saved

       DOTDIR  Where to find your dot files, if  they  aren't  in
               your   home  directory.   This  is  primarily  for
               accounts which are shared by more than one person.

               Default: $HOME

       EDITOR  The  editor  you  want  to use, if VISUAL is unde-
               fined.

               Default:   whatever   your   news    administrator
               installed, usually vi.

       HOME    Your home directory.

               Default: $LOGDIR

       LOGDIR  Your home directory if HOME is undefined.

       LOGNAME Your login name, if USER is undefined.

               Default: value of "whoami".

       NAME    Your full name.

               Default: name from /etc/passwd, or ~/.fullname.

       NEWSORG Either  the name of your organization, or the name
               of a file containing the name  of  your  organiza-
               tion.  (For use at organizations where the ORGANI-
               ZATION environmental variable is in use for  other
               purposes).  If  both  NEWSORG and ORGANIZATION are
               set, NEWSORG will override ORGANIZATION.

       ORGANIZATION
               Either the name of your organization, or the  name
               of  a  file  containing the name of your organiza-
               tion.

               Default: whatever your news administrator chose.

       REPLYTO The contents  of  a  "Reply-To:"  header  line  to
               insert into your message.

               Default: header line not inserted.

       USER    Your login name.

               Default: $LOGNAME

       VISUAL  The editor you want to use.

               Default: $EDITOR

FILES
       $DOTDIR/.article
       $DOTDIR/.news_sig
       ~/dead.article

SEE ALSO
       trn(1), rn(1), Rnmail(1), inews(1)

DIAGNOSTICS
BUGS
       Not the speediest program in the world, but maybe that's a
       blessing to the net.

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