news – print news items


news [ -a ] [ -n ] [ item ... ]


When invoked without options, this simple local news service prints files that have appeared in /lib/news since last reading, most recent first, with each preceded by an appropriate header. The time of reading is recorded. The options are


Print all items, regardless of currency. The recorded time is not changed.  


Report the names of the current items without printing their contents, and without changing the recorded time.  

Other arguments select particular news items.

To post a news item, create a file in /lib/news.

You may arrange to receive news automatically by registering your mail address in /sys/lib/subscribers. A daemon mails recent news to all addresses on the list.

Empty news items, and news items named core or dead.letter are ignored.





modify time is time news was last read  


who gets news mailed to them