[leafnode-list] Re: Error installing leafnode

Christian Ebert blacktrash at gmx.net
Sun Jul 11 09:54:21 CEST 2010

* Benjamin Esham on Friday, July 09, 2010 at 22:59:03 -0400
> [cross-posted to fink and leafnode lists]
> With a little bit of ingenuity (a.k.a. "blind luck") I managed to get
> Leafnode working with Fink on Mac OS X 10.6.  I don't have the expertise to
> become the official maintainer of the Leafnode package for Fink, but perhaps
> my notes can help someone else to create a package.
> The current Leafnode package was developed for OS X 10.4, when xinetd was
> being used.  The package built without error, but when Fink tried to install
> it I got the message
> ln: creating symbolic link `/etc/xinetd.d/leafnode': No such file or directory
> To counter this, I just created the directory (i.e. "sudo mkdir
> /etc/xinetd.d").  Fink then installed the package without complaining.
> Instead of using xinetd, we need to use launchd; using the instructions at
> [1], I came up with this /Library/LaunchDaemons/de.netzallee.leafnode.plist:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
>    "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
> <plist version="1.0">
> <dict>
>    <key>Label</key>
>    <string>de.netzallee.leafnode</string>
>    <key>ProgramArguments</key>
>    <array>
>        <string>/sw/sbin/leafnode</string>
>    </array>
>    <key>Sockets</key>
>    <dict>
>        <key>Listeners</key>
>        <dict>
>            <key>Bonjour</key>
>            <true/>
>            <key>SockServiceName</key>
>            <string>nntp</string>
>        </dict>
>    </dict>
>    <key>UserName</key>
>    <string>news</string>
>    <key>inetdCompatibility</key>
>    <dict>
>        <key>Wait</key>
>        <false/>
>    </dict>
> </dict>
> </plist>
> Now enable it using
> sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/de.netzallee.leafnode.plist

I also did

sudo launchctl start de.netzallee.leafnode

(one can basically use any domain name)

> and set up Leafnode itself as usual.  This includes adding cron jobs to
> fetch new articles and prune old ones.  I had issues running Leafnode with
> the OS X firewall enabled; turning it off did the trick.  Finally, I had
> issues connecting to the server using slrn; changing NNTPSERVER from
> 'localhost' to '' made it work.  Apparently this is a problem with
> slrn's support of IPv6 [2].

The latter is not a problem with leafnode 2 - as long you don't
use versions later than leafnode-2.0.0.alpha20081229a (some
problem with lua support even when turned off).

> I hope these instructions are helpful to someone else as well!
> [1] http://www.kutilek.de/technik/news-macosx.en.php
> [2] http://trac.macports.org/ticket/18648#comment:7

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