snews schemes, defined in RFC
1738, are used for reading Usenet newsgroups. For compatibility with
non-standard-compliant news clients, the
url library allows
host and port fields to be included in
news URLs, even though
they are properly only allowed for
nntp URLs have the following form:
The default port for
news) is 119. The
difference between an
nntp URL and a
news URL is that an
nttp URL may specify an article by its number. The
‘snews’ scheme is the same as ‘nntp’, except that it is
tunneled through SSL and has default port 563.
These URLs are retrieved via the Gnus package.
This variable specifies the default news server from which to fetch news, if no server was specified in the URL. The default value,
nil, means to use the server specified by the standard environment variable ‘NNTPSERVER’, or ‘news’ if that environment variable is unset.