Program configuration for Leafnode 1.11
Note: Leafnode is not a stand-alone news reader. Instead of the usual direct connection between your news reader and our news server, Leafnode acts as as proxy between these two. In order to read and write articles you will have to configure a newreader of your own choice. You will find advice on that at the end of this guide.
Make the following adjustments to use our news server:
This guide was made using the "Ubuntu" Linux distribution. Other distributions and operating systems may differ significantly.
During installation you are asked for the server name and the type of your internet connection:
Answer the "Which news server should Leafnode download news from" question with the name of our news server: News.CIS.DFN.DE.
The answer for "What type of network connection do you have" depends on your local situation. If you are unsure refer to the help given.
At the end of the installation you might see a message:
Only if this message does not appear you can skip the next step.
For proper operation Leafnode requires a "Fully qualified domain name" (FQDN).
Ihr your host has a fixed IP and there's a name for it in the domain name system (DNS), you can use that name.
If you have registered a domain e.g. "example.com", you can use that name. You can also prepend further names, separated with a dot, e.g. "private.example.com". This name needs not to resolve in DNS.
You can also derive a hostname from the user-id you have received with the account details: If your user-id is 12345, you may use
Note: All your postings may contain that hostname in the Message-ID.
The path to this file may differ in other distributions.
Check the news server setting. A line like
Enter two lines like
where you replace
If required, enter a line like
where you replace
Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at http://news.cis.dfn.de/faq.html#1.6.
It is not necessary to enter a password if your institution is a member of the institutional access scheme (Anwenderzulassung) and you are accessing the server from your institution's network.
If you are connected via a small-bandwidth connection, you should activate
to limit the maximum number of articles to be fetched for a group to 2000 or any other number of your choice.
Leafnode relies on two auxiliary programs:
Now you can use a news reader of your own choice to connect to Leafnode. You can use our guides for configuration but you will have to enter "localhost" (without quotes) as the server name instead of News.CIS.DFN.DE. No username or password are required.
If you get an
If you enter a subscribed group for the first time, you might find an article "Leafnode placeholder for group ...". Leafnode will fetch the articles for that group in the background. This will happen other either within the next hour or if you connect to the internet the next time.