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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010

    slrn newsreader yEnc?

    Not sure if this is in the right place, but figured I'd give it a shot.

    I use slrn for newsreading, and I wanted to download some binary files which were encrypted with yEnc. I used the "#" key to select the files I wanted to download, and they successfully downloaded into a file (I'm using the version from the repos, so it's past version 0.9.8 which had the problem of not downloading yEnc'ed files properly). Next, it asked me whether or not I wanted to decode the file, so I said yes. It expanded into all of the files I selected (which are documents), and they were all of type application/octet-stream, so they could not be opened. Any ideas?

    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Magic City of the Plains
    Xubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

    Re: slrn newsreader yEnc?

    I think that once you've decoded the files, you need to open them with the program they're intended to be read with, e.g. using Evince or Okular to open *.pdf files.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: slrn newsreader yEnc?

    Hmmm.... I only really use text groups so I am not all that familiar with decoding binaries. The FAQs have a small section though:

    which may or may not be useful? Interesting to see if the Ubuntu slrn package is compiled against uudeview:

    andrew@skamandros~$ slrn --version
    slrn pre1.0.0-26
    	* Note: This version is a developer preview.
    S-Lang Library Version: 2.2.3
    Compiled on: Sep  7 2011 13:21:06
    Operating System: Linux
     Backends: +nntp +slrnpull +spool
     External programs / libs: -canlock -inews +ssl +uudeview +iconv
     Features: +decoding +emphasized_text +end_of_thread +fake_refs +gen_msgid
        -grouplens -msgid_cache +piping +rnlock +spoilers -strict_from
     Using 64 bit integers for article numbers.
     Default server object:     nntp
     Default posting mechanism: nntp
    I will have to see if has some suitable groups, but I suspect they are strictly text only.....
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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