Subject: Re: misc/6882: /var/spool/news should be owned by
To: Geoff Wing <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/27/1999 03:28:58
On Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 03:45:08AM +0000, Geoff Wing wrote:
>Chris Jones <> typed:
>:/var/spool/news is listed in /etc/mtree/special as optional, and root.wheel.
>:It seems to me that, if this directory ever exists, it's going to need to be
>:owned by
>Why?  Mine's owned by root.wheel .  What exactly does any set[ug]id news
>program need to do in there?  AFAIK, nothing.  No program should need to
>create/delete files/directories in there (except for installation).
>Subdirectories in there need to be for, say, INN but 
>/var/spool/news itself doesn't need/want to be.

well...if i was to install and start up a new news server, i certainly
wouldn't want to have to go into /var/spool/news and create all the
names of the hierarchy top levels by hand.  i'd expect innd (or some
such) to do that.

not that i'm gonna go set up a news server or anything.  i've done
that before and i hate the monsters.  people who have nice big robust
well tuned news servers impress me, but i think it's just because they
have more disk space than i ever did.

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