sysnews - program to display system news

Property Value
Distribution Debian 7 (Wheezy)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package name sysnews
Package version 0.9
Package release 17
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Installed size 87 B
Download size 14.63 KB
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The news command keeps you informed of news concerning the system.
Each news item is contained in a separate file in the /var/lib/sysnews
directory. Anyone having write permission to this directory can create
a news file.
NOTE: This command has nothing to do with USENET news. It's more like an
enhanced motd.


Package Version Architecture Repository
sysnews_0.9-17_amd64.deb 0.9 amd64 Debian Main
sysnews - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.4


Name Value
news -


Name Value
news -


Type URL
Binary Package sysnews_0.9-17_i386.deb
Source Package sysnews

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install sysnews deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install sysnews




2012-06-18 - Ryan Niebur <>
sysnews (0.9-17) unstable; urgency=low
* Update my email address
* Move to a new git repository at collab-maint
* Add README to package, thanks to Willi Mannfor the bug report
(Closes: #631104)
* Use debian source format 3.0 quilt
- Remove quilt dependency as it is handled by dpkg
* Add new build-{arch,indep} targets to debian/rules
* Use dpkg-buildflags for hardening
* Update Standards-Version to 3.9.3
2009-02-24 - Ryan Niebur <>
sysnews (0.9-16) unstable; urgency=low
* New maintainer (Closes: #483250)
- Change Vcs-* headers
* use quilt
* switch to dh7
* split up patches
- upstream's Makefile already regenerates the man page with the
NEWSDIR set correctly, so just use the regenerated version
rather than patching
- stop patching the Makefile when the changes can happen in
- organize the remaining changes
* fix permissions on executable
* stop supporting upgrades from potato :p
* upgrade to latest policy (3.8.0)
- add README.source
* leave the debian/dirs, as it is actually needed
* redo copyright file to be more clear
* remove unneeded build dependency on dpkg-dev
* add lintian override for non-standard-dir-perm
* remove the default WELCOME. There was no easy way to make it comply
with Debian Policy, and imho it's kinda useless, since most people
probably remove/change it anyway.
2008-05-27 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-15) unstable; urgency=low
* Orphaned the package.
2007-08-15 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-14) unstable; urgency=low
* Support nostrip builds. Closes: #438082
2005-07-23 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-13) unstable; urgency=low
* Update to current standards version.
2003-02-23 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-12) unstable; urgency=low
* Ignore directories in /var/lib/sysnews to allow for keeping it in
cvs/rcs. Closes: #182135
2002-09-03 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-11) unstable; urgency=low
* Use /usr/bin/pager as fallback pager, not /usr/bin/more.
2002-09-03 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-10) unstable; urgency=low
* Detect old potato version of WELCOME file and clobber it with the new
version. Closes: #159054
2002-06-01 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-9) unstable; urgency=low
* Debhelper v4.
2001-12-07 - Joey Hess <>
sysnews (0.9-8) unstable; urgency=low
* Move the news directory from /var/news to /var/lib/sysnews, for better FHS
compliance (sadly, /var/lib/news was taken already). Updated everything 
to reference the new location, and any directory contents are transferred
automatically on upgrade, and the old directory removed.
* Remove any news items on purge. I hope this is not going too far.
* Make /var/lib/news owned by root.staff, and group writable, this is
intended to let other non-root staff to post news, and closly parrallels
the permissions used in /usr/local/.
* Changed references to "Debian Linux" to just "Debian" in WELCOME,
so I don't have to add the "GNU", and because of the Hurd, of course.
Also changed the quotes, and shortened the section about info. It's still
longer than 25 lines; I still need to cut it down somehow.

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