news - print news items
news [ -a ] [ -n ] [ -s ] [ items ]
news is used to keep the user informed of current events. By convention,
these events are described by files in the directory /var/news.
When invoked without arguments, news prints the contents of all current
files in /var/news, most recent first, with each preceded by an
appropriate header. news stores the ``currency'' time as the
modification date of a file named .news_time in the user's home directory
(the identity of this directory is determined by the environment variable
$HOME); only files more recent than this currency time are considered
-a option causes news to print all items, regardless of currency. In
this case, the stored time is not changed.
-n option causes news to report the names of the current items without
printing their contents, and without changing the stored time.
-s option causes news to report how many current items exist, without
printing their names or contents, and without changing the stored
time. It is useful to include such an invocation of news in one's
.profile file, or in the system's /etc/profile.
All other arguments are assumed to be specific news items that are to be
If a delete is typed during the printing of a news item, printing stops
and the next item is started. Another delete within one second of the
first causes the program to terminate.
language-specific message file [See LANG on environ(5).]
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