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[Pan-users] Re: Pan downloads & combines multi-part msgs

From: Roger T. Imai
Subject: [Pan-users] Re: Pan downloads & combines multi-part msgs
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 20:22:25 -0500
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There may be other ways to download and combine mult-part messages in Pan 0.120, but I've found the following method works for me.

Set View - Header Pane - Match Only Complete Articles.

Shift-Click or Ctrl-Click to select a range or multiple groups of articles, which may include multi-part messages.

Right-click on the highlighted area and select Save Articles. A second window will open to allow you to select or de-select Save Text and Save Attachments. I de-select the Save Text option unless I expect it to include special instructions. Save Attachments, of course.

Pan's Edit - Group Preferences window allows you to set the default folder for saved attachments. I think the default is
/home/<username>/News. You can find it in the Gnome Places menu.

I've successfully highlighted a range of several multi-part messages, and found all the attachments properly combined, decrypted, and saved in my target folder. Pan is the only binary newsreader for Linux that I know of that handles the controversial yEnc encoding. If you newsgroup includes binaries marked yEnc, you'll find Pan much easier to use than to have to decode these binaries by hand.

About Saving messages, I don't know what the difference is between Saving a message and Caching a message is, except that Saved messages go in the Downloads folder which I created, Cached messages are saved in the .pan2/article-cache folder when they're opened to be read. I think "Delete Group's Article" (in the Group Pane, when you right-click on a read Group's listing,) deletes the cached messages, but not messages you've saved to a user-defined location.

Some newsreaders allow you to download incomplete multi-part binaries and will watch for the rest. I think Pan will do this with the message scoring feature. Documentation on how scoring works hasn't been posted yet, and I'm waiting anxiously for it myself!

FWIW: News readers have had to evolve with advancing encoding techniques as well as posters who violate conventional Usenet protocols, so binary newsreaders especially have had to go through constant revision to keep up with user practices, and their menu structure reflects their upgrade path. Pan is supposedly modeled after Forte Agent of which I'm a user, and believe me, Pan is much easier to use. Keep exploring all the configuration windows, and you'll eventually find out how to get what you want.

BTW, I'm also using v0.120, and I'm a Linux newbie.



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Subject: [Pan-users] Multipart Messages

Does Pan have the ability to download / combine multipart binaries? If so, how is this done - and where is the content saved?

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