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Date:      Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:56:30 +0100
From:      "C. P. Ghost" <>
Subject:   Which NNTP newsreader for huge newsgroups?
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I'm looking for an NNTP newsreader that can gracefully
handle newsgroups with a *huge* number of posts, if
possible with a moderate memory and CPU footprint.

My newsreader of choice, news/tin, while quite good for
newsgroups with a moderate number of articles can't
cope with some alt.binaries.* groups that contain over
2,000,000+ active/unread articles. It effectively thrashes
the system and consumes enormous amounts of swap
space and CPU cycles just for opening such a newsgroup.
It also takes ages to update the local index as well, because
it keeps fetching headers for articles that don't even exist or
should have been skipped, according to ~/.newsrc

If you wonder about such huge newsgroups: they are
increasingly common now that commercial NNTP providers
are over 1,000+ retention days for binaries, and some of
those newsgroups are being flooded with crap in an attempt
to DoS them.

What NNTP newsreader are you using? Which one would
you recommend for those huge newsgroups?


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