[Tutor] Usenet comp.lang.python

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sun Nov 20 00:17:41 CET 2011

Alexander wrote:
> Hi. Does anybody know about using the comp.lang.python usenet news feed(?) ?
> I'd like help configuring it. I can't seem to find documentation helping me.
> Thanks for reading,

What is there to configure? It's a news group. You tell your news reader 
program to subscribe to the news group, that's all the configuration it 
needs. There's nothing *specific* to comp.lang.python that needs 
configuration -- all the work (if any!) is getting usenet working in the 
first place.

(1) Do you have a news reader program? If the answer is No, then you 
need to get one.

(2) Does your ISP offer usenet? If the answer is No, then you need to 
change ISPs to one that does, or use a paid usenet provider.

(3) Does your firewall block news? If the answer is Yes, then you need 
to punch a hole in the firewall to allow it. If you don't know whether 
your firewall blocks news, it probably doesn't.

(4) Open your news reader program and tell it where to find news, e.g. 
look for a Setup or Preferences or Edit News Server command, or similar. 
Put in the name and port number for the news server, which will probably 
be something like "news.MY-ISP.com" (whatever MY-ISP is). The port 
number is almost certainly the default 119.

(5) If you need to add a username and password (you probably don't, if 
it is provided by your ISP), add it now.

(6) Find a command like "Download Full Group List" or "Refresh Group 
List" or similar. Wait; this will take a while.

(7) Find comp.lang.python in the list and mark it as Subscribed. If 
comp.lang.python isn't in the list, complain to your news provider, or 
change news providers.

(8) Enjoy reading comp.lang.python.


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