nntptest - interactive NNTP test program


nntptest [ -t keyfile ] [ -p port ] [ -m mechanism ] [ -a userid ] [ -u userid ] [ -k num ] [ -l num ] [ -r realm ] [ -f file ] [ -n num ] [ -s ] [ -c ] [ -i ] [ -o option=value ] [ -v ] hostname


nntptest is a utility that allows you to authenticate to a NNTP server and interactively issue commands to it. Once authenticated you may issue any NNTP command by simply typing it in. It is capable of multiple SASL authentication mechanisms and handles encryption layers transparently. This utility is often used for testing the operation of a nntp server. Also those developing NNTP clients find it useful.


-t keyfile
 Enable TLS. keyfile contains the TLS public and private keys. Specify "" to negotiate a TLS encryption layer but not use TLS authentication.
-p port Port to connect to. If left off this defaults to nntp as defined in /etc/services.
-m mechanism
 Force nntptest to use mechanism for authentication. If not specified the strongest authentication mechanism supported by the server is chosen. Specify user to use the AUTHINFO USER/PASS commands instead of AUTHINFO SASL.
-a userid
 Userid to use for authentication; defaults to the current user. This is the userid whose password or credentials will be presented to the server for verification.
-u userid
 Userid to use for authorization; defaults to the current user. This is the userid whose identity will be assumed after authentication. NOTE: This is only used with SASL mechanisms that allow proxying (e.g. PLAIN, DIGEST-MD5).
-k num
 Minimum protection layer required.
-l num
 Maximum protection layer to use (0=none; 1=integrity; etc). For example if you are using the KERBEROS_V4 authentication mechanism specifying 0 will force nntptest to not use any layer and specifying 1 will force it to use the integrity layer. By default the maximum supported protection layer will be used.
-r realm
 Specify the realm to use. Certain authentication mechanisms (e.g. DIGEST-MD5) may require one to specify the realm.
-f file
 Pipe file into connection after authentication.
-n num
 Number of authentication attempts; default = 1. The client will attempt to do SSL/TLS session reuse and/or fast reauth (e.g. DIGEST-MD5), if possible.
-s Enable NNTP over SSL (nntps).
-c Enable challenge prompt callbacks. This will cause the OTP mechanism to ask for the the one-time password instead of the secret pass-phrase (library generates the correct response).
-i Don’t send an initial client response for SASL mechanisms, even if the protocol supports it.
-o option=value
 Set the SASL option to value.
-v Verbose. Print out more information than usual.



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