breadpunk has a local-only NNTP server available. NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol) is a protocol designed for the same use cases as forums and mailing lists, except everything is federated. It is usually better known as Usenet or simply as newsgroups.
Our NNTP server is however not connected to the rest of Usenet. Tildeverse.org should provide a news server for interested tildes, but it is currently announced as down, so our server is completely alone. It currently has the following groups:
local.test: A default group from our server software which you can use for various testing purposes.
bread.general: For all general discussions, when something does not fit any other group.
bread.recipes: For sharing all your bread recipes!
bread.meta: Discussions about breadpunk.club itself.
bread.nomic: Discussions about the game of Nomic
Before joining the news server, it is strongly recommended to read some of the typical Usenet guidelines.
To reach our server using
slrn, a rather simple news reader allowing you to
use your own editor of choice to post, you can use a similar process as the one
described on the Tildeverse server:
- Get a sample
.slrnrcfile from the project on Sourceforge:
wget -qO ~/.slrnrc http://slrn.sourceforge.net/docs/slrn.rc
- Uncomment (remove the leading
%) the line defining
usernameand set it to your bakername
hostnameand set it to
realnameand set it to whatever you want to have as your real name: it will be displayed in all posts as
From: realname <email@example.com>
- If your editor of choice is Vim, uncomment the
set editor_commandline and set it to
vim '+set tw=72 cc=+1 +%d '%s'. This will help you with the 72 character line limit of newsgroups and display a visual cue of this limit; see
:help colorcolumnin Vim to learn more.
- Set up slrn by running
- Use the arrow keys to browse the list of groups and press
sto subscribe or
uto unsubscribe. Unsubscribed groups have an uppercase
Unext to them.
- Save your subscriptions and close by pressing
You can later run
slrn to view your subscribed newsgroups and read, post or
reply to articles. If you prefer to use a magic tunnel to
access the newsgroup from a local client, you will want to forward port 119.