sysnews - program to display system news

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name sysnews
Package version 0.9
Package release 17
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Installed size 88 B
Download size 13.43 KB
Official Mirror
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 Ubuntu Universe
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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