Paradise group download in progress

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Ray Colvill, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Ray Colvill

    Ray Colvill Guest

    When i want to look at my newsgroups i would prefer to look at them right

    Not 20 minutes later after group download is finished it run.

    This is not a service, it a cheap and nasty cost saving measure.

    What do you think.

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  2. Ray Colvill

    Guest Guest

    I've not noticed any problems. It downloads the list once and then never has
    to do it again. On my cable internet it only took a few seconds. On dial up
    it might take a while, but you'll only need to do it once.

    What makes you think its a cheap nasty cost saving measure on Paradise's
    behalf? I also use other news servers, and they all behave like this.
    Guest, Aug 25, 2005
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  3. Ray Colvill

    E. Scrooge Guest

    Have you thought about trying out ihug?
    I hear their service is pretty good.

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Aug 25, 2005
  4. Ray Colvill

    XP Guest

    Would be better if he used a Decent News Reader..

    Try Free Agent
    XP, Aug 25, 2005
  5. Ray Colvill

    Dave Taylor Guest

    This application can be tamed for use with news groups once you learn how
    to use it to its' full potential.


    You should download all the headers ONCE, then have them saved. The next
    time you just need to download the new headers. Bodies can be done later
    if you wish to save time up front and be selective.

    Xnews allows you to set ranges of posts to retrieve and other clients
    listed in this thread allow even fancier things.

    I use X-News myself, I have heard Gravity and Xananews are also good.
    Dave Taylor, Aug 25, 2005
  6. Dave, I think you and "XP" are missing the original point. It's not
    the fact that downloading message headers is slow, it that when you
    select a new newsgroup on Paradise, there is only one new message,
    telling you that THEY are now going to download the message headers
    (from their upstream feed, I guess).

    You have to wait for that, and THEN download the message headers
    yourself. That was what I experienced the other day when I subscribed
    to a French language cycling newsgroup.

    I believe that is what Ray is talking about. Apologies if I'm wrong.

    James McLaughlin, Aug 25, 2005
  7. Ray Colvill

    Dave Taylor Guest

    AAH, well that is different altogether. Call their support and suggest
    they fix it!
    Maybe they could purchase some spindles for their NNTP server so they can
    actually cache properly.
    NNTP Retention in NZ sucks AFIAK, but only because the ISPs do not commit
    resources to it.
    Not only is retention poor, but when you move the retention to your own
    server by using something like hamster, it still sucks, because your ISP
    filters groups.
    Dave Taylor, Aug 25, 2005
  8. Ray Colvill

    Dave Doe Guest

    How many groups do they carry?

    Paradise does about 79,888 - last count.
    Dave Doe, Aug 25, 2005
  9. Ray Colvill

    E. Scrooge Guest

    About 10,000 if you're lucky. They've had a big clean out dumping all

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Aug 25, 2005
  10. Ray Colvill

    Ralph Fox Guest

    On Thu, 25 Aug 2005 17:49:28 +1200, in message
    Ray isn't referring to downloading the newsgroup list.

    When you select a new group on Paradise, often instead of
    being able to download the headers, you get a single message
    like this.

    | From: DNEWS
    | Subject: Group download in progress...
    | Date: 4 Jan 2005 03:27:57 +1300
    | Path:!decwrl!!!uunet!!waikato!!demon!
    | Expires: 5 Mar 2005 16:27:57 +1300
    | Message-ID: <>
    | Distribution: local
    | Followup-To:
    | Newsgroups: alt.example
    | Dear user, This group is not locally stored, but now due to your
    | request it is being downloaded. Articles should be available in a
    | few minutes. To see a progress report you will have to re-read
    | this article, you may have to set the item as 'unread' or even
    | restart your news software to cause this article to be reloaded.
    | DNEWS Home page
    | DNEWS FTP site

    The headers are available maybe 10 minutes later.

    I have some subscribed groups which have several of these messages.
    Evidently the Paradise server had forgotten about the group,
    even though I pull headers regularly.

    Quote: "This group is not locally stored".

    Plus experience that the server ceases to store some groups
    and instead generates another of these messages in the group.

    The old Paradise server never produced messages like this.
    It always produced the message list immediately.
    Ralph Fox, Aug 25, 2005
  11. Ray Colvill

    Ralph Fox Guest

    Ralph Fox, Aug 25, 2005
  12. Ray Colvill

    Phstpok Guest

    Ralph Fox stubbed out the damp squib on 25/08/2005 11:54 p.m.and tried
    to bring to our attention, this pearl of wisdom:
    Phstpok, Aug 25, 2005
  13. Ray Colvill

    Tony Guest

    OK, you obviously have no clue what is involved with running a "full
    feed" news server. To keep a full feed news server updated you could
    certainly use 25Mb/s of international traffic 24x7, that's 15-20k/month
    worth. Dnews is a good compromise as it is far more efficient and very
    little inconvenience to the end user. Put it this way, pretty much no
    ISP in this country would waste all that money just because you are
    Tony, Aug 29, 2005
  14. Ray Colvill

    Ralph Fox Guest

    On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 11:09:19 +1200, in message

    Scrooge can't even see your followup, due to a failure of the
    Paradise/Clear news server.
    1. The Paradise news server stopped exchanging messages
    with any other news servers, around 5pm Saturday.
    2. Scrooge is on Ihug.

    This failure happens far too regularly. Sometimes ISTM that Paradise/Clear
    also lack such clues.


    "There is only one boss, the customer. And he can fire everybody in
    the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money
    somewhere else." -- Sam Walton
    Ralph Fox, Aug 29, 2005
  15. Ray Colvill

    Max Burke Guest

    Dave Taylor scribbled:
    Yeah RIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The usual response is:

    There's nothing wrong with the server, it's your computer....
    Then insist (with a condescending attitude that you no nothing about your
    computer) they'll only help if you go through settings on your browser, your
    dial settings, email settings, etc, etc, etc.....

    [posting from my backup IHUG logon]
    Max Burke, Aug 29, 2005
  16. A-Ha! So the North Island wasn't hit by a giant meteorite. Five posts
    when there would normally be 200.......

    A L P
    Agnes Volestrangler XIII, Aug 29, 2005
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