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Re: read mail in mbox files

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: read mail in mbox files
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:09:15 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Gary <address@hidden> writes:

> Funny. I didn't see the OP. Anyway...
> Richard Riley wrote:
>> ernest <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Hi,
>>> This is my setup: I use fetchmail to get mail from
>>> different POP/IMAP servers, then split the incoming
>>> mail with procmail into different mbox files in ~/Mail.
>>> What I'd like is gnus to work directly on these mbox
>>> files. Is this possible? What backend do I need?
>>> I'd say I don't even want a backend, because I don't
>>> want to copy mail anywhere!
>> You're not alone! This is *probably* the nnml backend.
>>    (setq gnus-select-method '(nnml "nnml"))
>> That said I dont know for sure ;)
> I asked something similar before, but never really got anything that
> worked so asked on the other gnus list (basically, the dev
> list). Leonidas Tsampros said the following:
> ,----[ Leonidas Tsampros ]
> | My primary select methos is a local university nntp server we have and
> | as the secondary methods I have the following:
> | 
> | (setq gnus-secondary-select-methods '((nnml "")
> |                                       (nnimap "")))
> | 
> | Then I have these in my .conf:
> | 
> | (setq nnml-directory "~/Mail.Gnus")
> | (setq mail-source-delete-incoming t)
> | 
> | (setq mail-sources '((directory :path "~/Mail"
> |                                 :suffix "")))
> | 
> | So, Emacs now reads all Mail on all mboxes under ~/Mail, and 'ingests'
> | them into the nnml backend which is under "~/Mail.Gnus".  Now at this
> | point and in order to emulate procmail's behaviour, I use fancy
> | splitting:
> | 
> | ;; fancy mail splitting
> | (setq nnmail-resplit-incoming t)
> | (setq nnmail-split-methods 'nnmail-split-fancy)
> | (setq nnmail-split-fancy
> |       '(|
> |        ("list-id" "ding\\.gnus\\.org" "mail.gnus.ding")))
> `----
> But, rather embarassingly, I haven't had time to try it out yet.
>> But a point : despite using Gnus for a few years now I am not clear
>> on what "incoming mail" means in the context.  Possibly it looks in
>> /var/spool/mail. But since your mail is already there, I dunno. 
> Does the above help, Richard?

Yes & No ;(

It doesnt use spam-split. 

But it DOES explain the "incoming" and "nnml" backend better!

Had it mentioned how and why ~/Mail got its mail (system mail) all the
better. But a good set up.

> Potentially I suppose one could do away with procmail, and set
> mail-sources to /var/spool/mail, and it will end up split into

Thats my current set up.

> ~/Mail.Gnus. @ernest I'd be very happy if you posted the results of
> whatever you do, as I have a similar current setup to you, and the same
> desire to read my email in mbox files using gnus.

I'm interested why mbox? You mean existing mbox?

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