Which NNTP newsreader for huge newsgroups?

Julien Cigar jcigar at ulb.ac.be
Tue Oct 30 15:07:23 UTC 2012

slrn ? http://slrn.sourceforge.net/

On 10/30/2012 15:56, C. P. Ghost wrote:
> Hello,
> 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?
> Thanks,
> -cpghost.

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