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Pan is a GTK-based newsreader (net-nntp/pan). Pan follows the GNKSA specs (The Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval). One of the GNKSA specs is that a news client not be abusive of the servers it connects to. The spec defines that as maximum 4 connections per server.

Increase connections

If you have a usenet server that allows >4 connections, you'll want to increase the number of connections to get faster download speeds. The GNKSA specs are for the GUI, so pan has no way in the GUI to set >4 connections per server. However, if you edit the (text based) config files directly you can set parameters outside those available in the GUI, and pan obeys them. With pan closed, edit servers.xml to set your desired number of connections for each configured server.

Note: This only works in beta (>0.90), not in stable (0.14.x)

For example, set to 8 connections:

File: servers.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
  <server id="1">
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