»Q« wrote:
In <news:l82dnbtdh4g6fdpunz2dnuvz_juwn...@mozilla.org>,
Rostyslaw Lewyckyj <urj...@bellsouth.net> wrote:

Another oddity is that the Xref: header line for the above article is
Xref: number1.nntp.dca.giganews.com mozilla.support.seamonkey:37378
As I wrote. My SM 1.1.14 reports 37227 articles in the group.

$ date -u
Wed Mar  4 21:30:26 UTC 2009

$ telnet news.mozilla.org 119
Connected to news.mozilla.giganews.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
 --> 200 news.mozilla.org
 <-- group mozilla.support.seamonkey
 --> 211 37385 2 37386 mozilla.support.seamonkey
 <-- quit
 --> 205 goodbye

  211 - the NNTP response code for "newsgroup selected ok"
37385 - an estimate of the number of articles in the group

Which on many nntp servers will just be the difference between the high and low article numbers plus one. Some do better at counting, and some do better depending on which storage algorithm is used.

    2 - the article number of the oldest post
37386 - the article number of the youngest post

That's all the info that's available from the server.  Servers don't do
much to make sure the estimate is right;  if you've been downloading
messages from the start, your 37227 is probably much closer to correct.

Bill Davidsen <david...@tmr.com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot
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