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can anyone suggest a program to suck all the attachments out of a newsgroup.  
I am looking for one that works in commandline.

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by:elfie
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A few years ago we used 'tin' to read newsgroups.
may be it has the features that you want.

you can find it at:

http://www.wmin.ac.uk/IRS/NCS/tin.html
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by:roylam
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sorry to reject your answer.  i'm looking for something that sucks the attachments automatically rather than doing it one by one using hand.  ie. no user attention is needed while downloading the news(attachments).
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by:ozo
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what are "attachments" in newsgroups?
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by:roylam
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attachments in newsgroups is kinda like attachments in email.  people want to post a file to the newsgroup so that others can download it, then it would be easy to do so by attaching the file to the message.  it is also true to pictures.
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by:stormerider
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Are you looking for a UNIX program to autoretrieve it? If so, I don't know of one, but I can think of about 5 for Winblows. try http://www.winfiles.com and check the network section of which ever product you run (or don't).
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It's true that 'tin' doesn't do it automaticaly, but if you can write a very small script in unix to select all messages and then download them. Ok it's also true that you will get more then just the attachments, but that's the only i know about downloading lots messages in one time the different files on Unix.
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by:ozo
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Do the articles need to be downloaded, or do you just want to process articles sitting in a news spool?
Also, news articles may not have MIME headers to tell you when they have attachments.
And different users may try to post files in different ways.
Are there particluar kinds of postings with particular kinds of files that you want to process?
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sorry i'm looking for programs under unix

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There are no current programs to do this. You will have to add functionality via script or plugin that will give you this capability.


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i believe it is hard to find such a program
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