INN configuration

Tim Kellers timothyk at
Fri Jul 24 03:11:49 UTC 2009

Thanks for the reply.

My server has a static IP  ( that has no ports blocked.  
 From my laptop client I can connect to and grab a 
full feed of all the newsgroups.  What I'm trying to do is setup my own 
news server using as a peer.  The error I get from my 
client when I connect to my local news server is: "No newsgroups found" 
even though I have the full list of newsgroups from installed. 

I haven't been able to find a how-to on the internet (The FreeBSDDiary 
has a workable how-to that only addresses a local news server) and the 
instructions listed on the isc-inn site don't seem to address my issue.

/var/log/messages show no errors that relate to inn*

Has anyone set up a n INN server on freebsd, successfuly?

Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Tim Kellers wrote:
>> I've spent  couple of days getting /usr/ports/news/inn set up on a
>> dedicated server and most of the local features are working.  I've
>> loaded the newsgroups and the active files from
>>, restarted the server and set up an
>> upstream peer  collect articles.
>> But my client claims I have no newsgroups installed.  Does anyone have a
>> hint on further configuration or can someone point me to a resource that
>> might clarify the steps to proper configuration?
> I've no experience on configuring a news server, but perhaps it would
> help if you could share your existing config that you believe works.
> Perhaps your client is on a network that forbids direct access to port
> NNTP. If your client is on a different network than the one you are
> serving off of, perhaps port NNTP is being blocked or otherwise filtered.
> ${networks} sometimes filter/rate limit/block outright ports that they
> *claim* to be overloading their network [0], but no proof has yet been
> supplied. Some ${networks} say that specific ports/protocols that may be
> used for illegal file sharing are to blame. [1].
> Start by stating the *exact* error message your client is getting... if
> you can extract such a thing from (him|her), then provide anything you
> can find in your NNTP server logfile(s).
> Steve
> [0]:
> [1]: personally, I use uTorrent frequently to download/re-upload FreeBSD
> releases, whitepapers, books and other legitimate content. If I was
> throttled because I'm using a certain protocol to perform legitimate
> tasks, I'd be PISSED

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