Introduction to Slrn

slrn is a slang-based news reader, capable of reading local news spools as well as groups from an NNTP server. Small local news spools can also be created with the use of the slrnpull program included in the slrn distribution.

Package Information

Slrn Dependencies


slang-1.4.9 and a MTA (See Chapter 22, Mail Server Software)


OpenSSL-0.9.7g, GnuTLS, UUDeview, INN and libcanlock

Installation of Slrn

Install slrn by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --with-slrnpull --enable-spool &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-slrnpull --enable-spool: These switches enable building the slrnpull executable.

--with-ssl: This switch adds OpenSSL support to slrn.

--with-uudeview: This switch adds UUDeview support to slrn.

Configuring Slrn

Config Files

/etc/slrn.rc, ~/.slrnrc

Configuration Information

The first time slrn is run, the ~/.jnewsrc file must be created. For this configuration to work, you must have an environmental variable, NNTPSERVER, set. In normal operation it would be exported into the environment by a startup file, like /etc/profile or ~/.bashrc. Here it is just put it into the environment of the configuration step. For now, the LFS news server is used in this example, but you should use whatever server you prefer.

Create the ~/.jnewsrc file with the following command: \
    slrn -f ~/.jnewsrc --create

You will also have to edit one of the configuration files. There is a sample startup /usr/share/doc/slrn/slrn.rc file that comes with slrn. It is extensively documented but if you need more information, look at the slrn website.


Installed Programs: slrn and slrnpull
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/slrn and usr/share/doc/slrn

Short Descriptions


is the slang-based news reader.


is used to pull a small news feed from an NNTP server for offline reading.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600