Tellnews commands allow you detailed control of the server.
groupwild = A group name or wild card, e.g. rec.humor, or rec.humor.*
Command Description crash_now Emulate competitors products create_groups Create test news groups (debugging only never do this on a real server) checkbuckets Check each bucket is the size expected etc dropall Drop all news items (for testing only) dump Create dump.log of current memory usage expire start the nightly expire thread expire_status Show status info regarding the current/last expire exit | shutdown shutdown server fts_rebuild Rebuild FTS subject index database, this can take a long tiime! getold groupwild reset upto counters on upstream servers getgroups get the list of groups from the upstream server now killitem group nnn Delete a news item listidx groupname list the index entries for the group newgroup x.y.z Create a news group rebuild_index rebuild indexes based on bucket index files rebuild_bucket nn rebuild the index for the specified bucket, follow with a rebuild_index rebuild_buckets
Rebuild each buckets index, it then does an rebuild_index -very slow rebuild_buckets_live Rebuild each buckets index, do a rebuild_index when this has finished rebuild_hist Rebuild history index from buckets (may take a few hours) rmgroup "x.y.*" Delete a news group or several setread groupwild set some groups as 'read' so they are fetched. setunread groupwild set some groups as 'unread' so they are not pulled. showread groupwild list groups which are read by users showbucket Show information about a single bucket showbucket List index contents of an actual bucket index showbody x.y nnn Show the body of a message showarticle x.y nnn Show a message header and body showgroup List the items in a news group showbuckets List information about each bucket file showread groupwild Show last read time of groups showuse groupname Show usage figures for a single news group showupto groupname Show the upto counter on upstream feed showhead group item Show the header of a news item in a group showidx group n show a single index entry for a group number showblocks group show the blocks pointing to index for a group showbody group item show the body of a message showarticle group item show the complete article sortall Sort all buckets that should be sorted (slow, not recommended) update start an update of any 'read' group