Common error messages and what they mean.
This error is returned to users when your license key has expired. NetWin are always happy to provide a temporary license key to get things going until the 'paper work' can be sorted out, or until you have finished your testing process - firstname.lastname@example.org
This means the news group does not exist in the active.dat file on this server.
This means the user does not have permission to read the group, see the file access.conf
This means the group has been deleted with the 'rmgroup' tellnews command, it can be undeleted with tellnews if necessary.
This usually means the index file '.idx' for the specified group was corrupt. An addlost is probably a good idea if these happen too often.
Ignore this error, DNews will often look for files that don't exist, this is considered normal :-)
This means one of the lines in your expire.conf file did not make sense, check the file carefully and make sure you are editing it with a 'text' editor.
This means the active.times file which grows slightly every day is getting a bit too large, you must issue the suggested command - you need to do this every 6 months or so.
This may occur if you run out of space in the workarea directory, basically look above this error to find the real cause of the problem.
This means an nntp connection from a reader or another server closed in an unusual way, normally this can be ignored. You can lookup the errno in a unix errno.h file to see if that gives more help but it is unlikely to.
Often this occurs when a news reader closes a connection unexpectedly, it can usually be ignored.
This means someone tried to connect to your server, but when DNews tried to 'accept' the connection the user had gone, or something prevented the connection being accepted. This is an unusual error and may be significant if you are having other problems.
Ignore this, it's usually just caused by a connection closing unexpectedly.
This usually means the other end closed the connection.
This usually occurs when you try to connect to a news server that isn't running at all, it doesn't mean that you were refused access by the access.conf file. Also check the 'myname' setting in dnews.conf is correct.
This often means you have some other news server or port mapper running which has a hold on port 119, or you already have DNews running!
This error can often be ignored, but it implies that the sucking feed may be down briefly. If you stop getting new news then this would indicate something is wrong with the place you are sucking news from.
Read the error message inide the brackets carefully, this error probably came from the site you are sucking from, not DNews itself, so if the error in the brackets says 'you have no permission to talk' then the problem is that the place you are trying to suck from has not given you permission to talk.
The item has already arrived, it was found in your history index which uses the unique message id of each message to establish if it already has a given message
None of the newsgroups in this news item exist on your server. If you get a few of these then ignore them, if you get too many you may have no active file, or an out of date list of news groups. You should get a new active file from your provider and use the group_merge command to add the new ones into your system. DO NOT overwrite your own active.dat file. !!!!
Control messages are for creating and deleting news groups, and for cancelling news items. They are rejected for various reasons, see control.conf for more info.