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NNTP: Most recent articles in a group

by tomhukins (Curate)
on Mar 08, 2001 at 16:23 UTC ( #62951=sourcecode: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Category: Networking Code
Author/Contact Info Tom Hukins <>

Prints out the subject and sender of the most recent articles in a newsgroup.

To configure the script's behaviour, set the NUMBER_OF_ARTICLES, GROUP_NAME and SERVER_NAME constants at the top of the script.

I've tried to make this script as resource-friendly as possible for both the client and server. If there's a better way, let me know!

#!/usr/bin/perl -Tw

use strict;
use Net::NNTP ();

use constant NUMBER_OF_ARTICLES    => 10;
use constant GROUP_NAME        => 'comp.lang.perl.moderated';
use constant SERVER_NAME    => 'my.nntp.server';
use constant NNTP_DEBUG        => 0;

my $nntp = Net::NNTP->new(SERVER_NAME, 'Debug' => NNTP_DEBUG) or die;
my($article_count, $first_article, $last_article) = $nntp->group(GROUP
+_NAME) or die;

# Which XOVER fields contain Subject: and From:?
my $count = 0;
my %xover_fmt = map( ($_, $count++), @{ $nntp->overview_fmt or die} );
die unless exists $xover_fmt{'Subject:'};
my $subject_offset = $xover_fmt{'Subject:'};
my $from_offset = $xover_fmt{'From:'};

my(@xover, $start_article);
RETRIEVE: while ($#xover+1 < NUMBER_OF_ARTICLES and $last_article >= $
+first_article) {
    # How many articles do we need?  Stop retrieving if we have enough
    my $articles_required = NUMBER_OF_ARTICLES - ($#xover+1) or last R

    # Fetch overview information for the articles
    $start_article = $last_article - ($articles_required-1);
    $start_article = $start_article > $first_article ? $start_article 
+: $first_article;
    my $xover_query = $start_article == $last_article ?
    $start_article :
    [$start_article, $last_article];
    my $xover_ref = $nntp->xover($xover_query) or die;

    # Store headers for the articles we've retrieved
    foreach (sort {$b <=> $a} keys %$xover_ref) {
        push @xover, $xover_ref->{$_};
} continue {
    # Move the pointer forward to fetch previous articles
    $last_article = $start_article - 1;

# Disconnect from the NNTP server

print join("\n", map ($_->[$subject_offset].' from '.$_->[$from_offset
+], @xover)),"\n";
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Re: NNTP: Most recent articles in a group
by merlyn (Sage) on Mar 08, 2001 at 21:10 UTC
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