PUBLIC-INBOX-INIT(1)       public-inbox user manual       PUBLIC-INBOX-INIT(1)

       public-inbox-init - create or reinitialize a public-inbox


       Creates an empty public-inbox or reinitializes an existing one.  It
       updates "~/.public-inbox/config" by creating a "[publicinbox "NAME"]"
       section where "publicinbox.NAME.inboxdir" is "INBOX_DIR",
       "publicinbox.NAME.url" is "HTTP_URL", and "publicinbox.NAME.address" is
       "ADDRESS".  Multiple addresses may be specified for inboxes with
       multiple addresses.

       --version FORMAT_VERSION
           Specify 2 here to use the scalable public-inbox-v2-format(5) if you
           have DBD::SQLite installed.

           The default is 1 for the old public-inbox-v1-format(5), but 2 is
           strongly recommended for scalability if you have DBD::SQLite.

           Default: 1

       -L <basic|medium|full>
       --indexlevel <basic|medium|full>
           Controls the indexing level for public-inbox-index(1)

           See public-inbox-config(5) for more information.

           Default: "full"

       --ng NEWSGROUP
       --newsgroup NEWSGROUP
           The NNTP group name for use with public-inbox-nntpd(8).  This may
           be any newsgroup name with hierarchies delimited by ".".  For
           example, the newsgroup for <> is:

           This may be set after-the-fact via "publicinbox.$NAME.newsgroup" in
           the configuration file.  See public-inbox-config(5) for more info.

           Available in public-inbox 1.6.0+.

           Default: none.

       -c KEY=VALUE
           Allow setting arbitrary configs as "publicinbox.$NAME.$KEY".  This
           is idempotent for the same "VALUE", but allows setting multiple
           values for keys such as "publicinbox.$NAME.url" and

           This option allows archivists to publish incomplete archives with
           only new mail while allowing NNTP article numbers to be reserved
           for yet-to-be-archived old mail.

           This is mainly intended for users of "--skip-epoch" (documented
           below) but may be of use to public-inbox-v1-format(5) users.

           There is no automatic way to use reserved NNTP article numbers when
           old mail is found, yet.

           Available in public-inbox 1.6.0+.

           Default: unset, no NNTP article numbers are skipped

           For "-V2" (public-inbox-v2-format(5)) inboxes only, this option
           allows archivists to publish incomplete archives with newer mail
           while allowing "0.git" (or "1.git" and so on) epochs to be added-
           after-the-fact (without affecting "git clone" followers).

           Available since public-inbox 1.2.0.

           Default: unset, no epochs are skipped

       -j JOBS
           Control the number of Xapian index shards in a "-V2"
           (public-inbox-v2-format(5)) inbox.

           It can be useful to use a single shard ("-j1") for inboxes on high-
           latency storage (e.g. rotational HDD) unless the system has enough
           RAM to cache 5-10x the size of the git repository.

           Another approach for HDDs is to use the
           "publicInbox.indexSequentialShard" in public-inbox-index(1) option
           and many shards, so each shard may fit into the kernel page cache.
           Unfortunately, excessive shards slows down read-only query

           For fast storage, it is generally not useful to specify higher
           values than the default due to the top-level producer process being
           a bottleneck.

           Default: the number of online CPUs, up to 4 (3 shard workers, 1

           Do not store document data in Xapian, reducing Xapian storage
           overhead by around 1.5%.

           Warning: this option prevents rollbacks to public-inbox 1.5.0 and

           Available in public-inbox 1.6.0+.

               Used to override the default "~/.public-inbox/config" value.

       Some of the options documented in public-inbox-config(5) require
       editing the config file.  Old versions lack the "--ng"/"--newsgroup"

       See public-inbox-config(5) for all the options which may be applied to
       a given inbox.

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       git-init(1), git-config(1), public-inbox-v1-format(5),

public-inbox.git                  1993-10-02              PUBLIC-INBOX-INIT(1)