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Re: reading mail with emacs

From: Sharon Kimble
Subject: Re: reading mail with emacs
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:14:55 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.92 (gnu/linux)

"visaris" <address@hidden> writes:

> Whereas I have been reading mail with emacs for decades, I did a new install
> (I'm a gentoo user) and now what once automagically worked nolonger does...
> Emacs seems to function -- exept for mail.
> Although I have fethcmail and exim running, and although mail does
> arive in /var/spool/exim/input, the format is that each message is split
> into
> a header file and then the body of the message.
> M-x rmail does not get mail from  /var/spool/exim/input.
> I have spent much time chasing cryptic pointers reading unintelligable
> documents making vague references to "movemail" but it is beyond me.
> I have contemplated perusing the RMAIL file and comparing it with
> contents of /var/spool/exim/input so as to increase the chance that I can
> make some lucky guesses and write a c program to bridge the gap from
> /var/spool/exim/input to RMAIL.  Surely emacs has not deteriated to the
> point that this would be necessary.  I find it difficult to believe there
> is not
>  some simple way to proceed.
> Sorry to be so ingorant of what must be the obvious simple solution.

I use gnus and part of my 'gnus.el' is -
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq mail-sources '((file :path "/var/mail/boudiccas")
                                 ;; (pop :server "" :user 
"address@hidden" :password "cherrypie")
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

That gets my mail from the root message spool, but it could help in your

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