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The following variables affect the behavior of all, or several of the pre-made connection functions. When not specified, all functions are affected (the values of the following variables will be used as the default if each virtual nntp server doesn't specify those server variables individually).

A command wrapper to use when connecting through a non native connection function (all except nntp-open-network-stream, nntp-open-tls-stream, and nntp-open-ssl-stream). This is where you would put a ‘SOCKS’ wrapper for instance.
The address of the NNTP server.
Port number to connect to the NNTP server. The default is ‘nntp’. If you use NNTP over TLS/SSL, you may want to use integer ports rather than named ports (i.e., use ‘563’ instead of ‘snews’ or ‘nntps’), because external TLS/SSL tools may not work with named ports.
String to use as end-of-line marker when talking to the NNTP server. This is ‘\r\n’ by default, but should be ‘\n’ when using a non native telnet connection function.
Command to use when connecting to the NNTP server through ‘netcat’. This is not for an intermediate host. This is just for the real NNTP server. The default is ‘nc’.
A list of switches to pass to nntp-netcat-command. The default is ‘()’.