[TUHS] UUCP "bag" files

Chet Ramey chet.ramey at case.edu
Fri May 11 00:25:27 AEST 2018

On 5/10/18 12:53 AM, Grant Taylor via TUHS wrote:
> On 05/09/2018 09:51 PM, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
>> What are they to begin with?  Having run some "major" UUCP hubs in the
>> day, I have no clue what a UUCP "bag" is ...
> I see them in the context of Usenet via UUCP, so rnews.

Yes. Bag files are a file format used to transfer news via uucp,
popularized by dnews. I think they originated with satellite news

"Setting up a UUCP feed into DNEWS
	addsvc -del dposter
	addsvc -add dposter dposter.exe "dposter -dir c:\uucp\in -to news.here.com"
    This will search for files called *.bag in the directory c:\uucp\in
    and after processing them it will delete them.  It's your job to write
    a batch script to get the files in this directory and uncompress them
    if necessary.
    You may also need to add ihave access to your own machine:

    The BAG/UUCP file format is:

    #! rnews nnnn
    ...(article, exactly nnnn bytes, counting each end of line as one byte)
    #! rnews nnnn
    ...(next article)...

Setting up a UUCP feed out of DNEWS
   In newsfeeds.conf add a feed, e.g.
           	site site1.name.uucp
	       		groups *

   Add a service (or process to run xmit and dposter)
	addsvc -add dxmit1 xmit.exe "dxmit1 site.name.edu -at *5 * -uucp
c:\dnews\site1 "

   This will create files called news000n.bag in the directory
   It's your job to uucp copy these to the destination sites, and delete them.
   If you want you can compress them first.  :-)

   The format of the file is:

    #! rnews nnnn
    ...(article, exactly nnnn bytes, counting each end of line as one byte)
    #! rnews nnnn
    ...(next article)..."

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