The hamster offers different possibilities for the further configuration and micro-adjustment. On this page:

  1. Under Configuration/Settings various micro-adjustments
  2. The local adjustments under Configuration/Local servers
  3. The file Hamster.ini in the hamster directory
  4. The file Server.ini in the directory of the new servers
  5. The file Data.ini in the directory of the groups of new

The user administration on a new page: Local accounts

News: [ Pull limit (default): ] it means -100 that only the older 100 of the new articles per on-line session is gotten by the new server. [ ] it means 100 that the newer 100 of the new articles and [ 0 ] that * all are loaded * new article. This adjustment leaves itself for each newsgroup still spezifieren. (under file/configuration/newsgroups/settings)

[ Pull limits (empty group): ] the number of articles which can be loaded indicates 100 in again subscribed newsgroup.

Mails: [ Leave Mails on server ] means that your Mails on the POP account of your Mail Providers not are deleted. In the start time can be of advantage this. Later you should deactivate the CHECK box, so that your p.o. box overflows not sometime and assumes no more Mails.

[ Ignore already loaded mails ] means that hamster does not load Mails already downloaded again from the server, if the POP server supports UIDL. This function brings sense only if the CHECK box which is situated over it is activated.

Logfile/Messages: With each start of the hamster a log file is created, which is then stored under %Hamsterpfad%\Logs\*.log.

[ session log file to keep: ] it means 14 that the last 14 log files are stored.

[ log file LINES to view: ] the number of lines indicates 500, which in the window of the hamster to be seen to have to be supposed.

Under [ save ] and [ view ] you can adjust, which is to be logged or displayed. For problems it empfielt itself to activate [ debug ] under [ save ]. The log files become then however rather large. Caution forwards [ Full ], it with some of crashes is reported, since within a short time very many data are written in the log, which some computers not to bear.

Hamster: [ start as Icon ] means, if it activates that hamster is to be seen when starting only as Icon in the Systray. If the CHECK box is deactivated, hamster starts first as Icon and the hamster window on the Desktop is to be seen following.

[ Minimize on CLOSE ] ensures for the fact that hamster is minimized only in the Systray, so that one the hamster by one do not click on the cross on the top right closes by mistake. To terminate hamster leaves itself ile/e x it by f.

Lokale Servereigenschaften
New server (NNTP) [ [ X ] autostart ] means that the local new server is along-started with the start of the hamster. The port number [ 119 ] behind it is the standard port for new servers with NNTP log and should only by experienced users be modified.

[ gene rate Message ID ] arranges the hamster to generate an Message ID for News if the newsreader set still none. For the generation that is used far FQDN set down.

[ Allow post office with unknown groups ] permits, if with a cross, CROSS posts into partial unknown groups, which were not subscribed by the hamster. (max. 5 with set Followup to)

[ Days to keep DATA ] determines, how much days the respective data are to be kept. Data are deleted however only if " Purge " is executed.

Under file/configuration/newsgroup/settings you can stop newsgroup for each one period for article, which deviates from the default value.

Mailserver (POP3) [ [ X ] autostart ] means that the local Mailserver is along-started with the start of the hamster. The port number [ 110 ] behind it is the standard port for Mailsserver with POP3-Protokoll and should only by experienced users be modified.
Mailserver (smtp) [ [ X ] autostart ] means that the local Mailserver is along-started with the start of the hamster. The port number [ 25 ] behind it is the standard port for Mailsserver with SMTP log and should only by experienced users be modified.

[ gene rate Message ID ] causes also here the same as with News. Outlook express does not use however your computer name as FQDN, hamsters overwrites the MID under normal conditions. Exception: in hamster.ini there is a possibility for it. Tip: Point 4. of the Microsoft Internet Newsclient FAQ helps when setting a " correct " FQDN with Mail.

[ smtp after POP3 ] causes, if it activates that at hamsters transmit the Mail is only possible, if beforehand Mails with password query were queried with the POP3-Postfach.

Local Domains [ FQDN for Message ID ] here can be entered the FQDN for generating Message ID, if hamster is to produce the Message ID. But note: Stretcher here not " something "! Read please in addition the Message ID FAQ(currently unavailable) if you liked to avoid annoyance and use also only FQDN, which really belongs to you!

[ local ones Mail delivery ] here can be entered further Domain parts. Mails, whose right section (behind @) corresponds by Regular of express ion with Domains entered here, are not outward passed on. Thus now internal Mailverkehr can be regulated. See also on the page Accounts


A further possibility of editing functions in the hamster over Configuration/Settings, are those are not possible File Hamster.ini in the hamster directory. In the Hamster.ini are already the standard entries available, beforehand over Settings were determined. Under [ Setup ] can now still the following entries to be made:

Single dump from the Hamster.hlp © by Juergen Haible:

[ Setup ]

; Switching of the header line " x-Posting-agent on and off "
; in each case for News and Mails:

; Deactivate " the Received: " - headers of the hamster for Mails:

; Timeout in minutes after the local server the connection to
; Reader terminates (Standard=60 minutes)

; Time in milliseconds, which hamster waits, before a connection
; according to " the Quit " - instruction is separated (Standard=100 ms):

; Time interval in seconds, which a POP Authentifikation stops.
; Crucially for " SMTP-after-POP3 " (Standard=300 s)

; Limit the line length and text size, at one the local
; Hamster server is transmitted. If the limitation exceeded
; becomes, the connection is reset.
; (default: 1000/2MB; 0 to disable): [ DoS Attacks ]

; Time in seconds, after which the connection is aborted, if
; the servers, from which hamster polls, answer not punctual
; (Standard=120 seconds)

; The MID with Mails, which is to be removed, if her to the hamster
; one transmitted. That is favorably for OE users, there then the computer name
; from the Message ID to be reset and the FQDN again set can.
mail.removemids=fqdn1, fqdn2, fqdn3...

; This entry determines, what for the encoding of the passwords
; in the passwords!!! to be used is.
; (standard: User name and computer name)
; With " 1 " the user name is not used.
; With " 2 " nothing at all is not used by the operating system.
; Note: Hamsters thereafter start again and the passwords again set!

; If transmitting a Mail for any reason fails, tries
; To so often set hamster it, as it is indicated in this option
; (max =...). finally the undeliverable Mail file becomes in
; Mail.Out directory renamed (" * err ") [ with (del=0) ]
; to avoid or deleted [ with (del=1) ] around further attempts.

; Global filter for Mails which can be received, is based on the size of (byte)
; the messages. (response to the LIST command). If a Mail those
; indicated size exceeds, it is ignored (ignore), deleted
; (kill) or info. is sent to admin (notify).
; The value ' 0 ' (default) deactivates these filters, which a higher
; Priority as in the MailFilt.hst indicated have.

; Number of lines of the Mailbodies, which is to be loaded, before that
; Mailfilter on the Mail works. These lines are also in the info. Mail
; contain to the respective user, if ' notify ' is switched on.
; (applies to ' ignore ' and ' kill ')

; Number of days, which are to be held entries in the Mail History.

; The History is divided into several files and this option indicates,
; how many files are to be used for the History (" 0 " = 1 file,
; " 2 " = 4 files..., " 8 " = 256 files). The standard adjustment of " 4 "
; produced 2^4=16 files, which for most user OK ONE should be.
; If this value is to be modified, which is not necessary with one
; Volume of data of under 100.000-200.000 articles:
; 1. Hamsters terminate
; 2. " history chunkbits " - value in hamster.ini modify
; 3. Historydateien " hist*.dat " in " groups " - directory delete
; 4. Hamsters start again, so that the History is again structured.


Into %Hamsterpfad%\Server\Servername is everyone New server a Server.ini, in that likewise still possibilities for manual micro-adjustment exist. These are partial Adjustments also over File /Configuration/Newsserver / Settings attainable.

Newsserver Settings
[ server is readonly ] ensures for the fact that from this server only gepullt, not however on it one writes, if a checkmark is set there.

On NEXT Pull [ Reload cunning OF newsgroup ] loads with the next Pull automatically the entire list of group of new again of the server. [ Reload cunning OF group descriptions ] loads the descriptions of group of new (day LINES) of all groups this Servers, if available.

Single dump from the Hamster.hlp © by Juergen Haible:

[ Setup ]
; If by a new server is to be only read, one sets ReadOnly=1
; It cannot be gepostet then there (Standard=0).

[ Newgroups ]
; If 4-Digit-Years is set to 1, the ' NEWGROUPS' instruction becomes in
; four-digit format " YYYYMMDD... " executed
; (standard: 0 = with two digits).

; Normally, the time " is " behind LastGMT, when the latter
; Times new newsgroup were queried by the server. Around the query completely
; to switch off, one can enter " NEVER " there.

[ Pull ]
; Number of Threads, which are started at the same time when polling
; can. Possible here values of min.0-max.4 are, standard ist=2.
; It can be however that some new servers not the max. number
; permit from 4 Threads. That can you then the new master this
; Servers reliably indicate, if you ask it.


For each newsgroup, which is administered by the hamster, it gives still one data.ini, in that likewise still adjustments possible are. Either you take the adjustments directly in data.ini forwards, or you click yourself to File/Configuration/TAB Newsgroups/Settings through.  


Group: [... ] The appropriate group of new.
Description: [... ] The Newsgruppenbeschreibung.(Tagline)
Type: [ y/n/m ] The newsgroup is moderating (m), post is erlaubt(y) or nicht(n).
Current Settings Contents data.ini this group
[ info. ] created Creation date and - time this group and when the latter times with one Newsreader this group was gepullt.
[ rank ] The referred new server and the there article numbers, the local article numbers the hamster and the acknowledgement whether the first Pull one executed.
[ Setup ]
Adjustment that there all Articles to be loaded are. The adjustment under TAB Settings in the general configuration becomes for this group out of strength set.
[ Setup ]
Preservation time of the articles in this newsgroup in days, if a Purge executed becomes.


Contents data.ini of " T-Online talc general "
[ info. ] Created=19990518000117


Description=Allgemeine discussions to T-Online

[ rank ]



[ Setup ] pull.limit=0


If you subscribe a group of new the first time, those becomes Number of Postings loaded, those under Settings/News/Pull [ empty Group ] is determined. You want to reload still articles later, because for example this group for you is interesting, can You in data.ini this group of new the value of the number under { Newsserver.Min=XXX } by the desired number of articles lower. Hamster loads then with the next Pull these missing articles after.


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