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Meaning of NETWORK NEWS TRANSFER PROTOCOL

 
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(NNTP) A protocol defined in rfc 977 for the distribution, inquiry, retrieval and posting of usenet news articles over the internet. It is designed to be used between a news reader client such as nn or gnus and a news server. It is normally used on a connection to tcp port 119 on the news server. NNTP is a simple ascii text protocol so even if you don't have a news reader program, you can just connect to the server using telnet:

        telnet news 119

where news is the name of your server (e.g. news.doc.ic.ac.uk). Typing HELP will give a list of other commands.

 

 

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