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From: Benjamin L. Russell
Subject: bug#8674: [cause of (group ...) modification bug discovered] [Was: Re: Typo correction: [RESOLVED: modifying (group ...) setting in (gnus-add-configuration ...) function] [Was: Re: [status update on associated STARTTLS bug] Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face header rendering bug in Gnus v5.13 on GNU Emacs 23.3.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3]]
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 19:22:37 -0700 (PDT)

I discovered the cause of the previous (group ...) modification bug, as had 
been described as follows:

> 3. How to modify the (group ...) setting in the
> (gnus-add-configuration ...) function in the ~/.gnus.el
> configuration file so that the change takes effect even if
> the maximum length of a group listed in the buffer exceeds
> the specified group buffer layout width.

Upon close examination, I discovered a duplication function definition for the 
(gnus-add-configuration ...) function in my ~/.gnus.el file.  Commenting out 
the second definition resolved the issue.  Therefore, the solution actually had 
nothing to do with the upgrade; it had been a bug in the configuration file.

As before, this solution leaves only the following issue:

2. How to specify multiple NNTP servers in the ~/.gnus.el configuration file?

Again, I'll send an update if there is any progress on issue #2 above.  As 
before, please let me know if you have any suggestions (or any solutions).

-- Benjamin L. Russell

--- On Tue, 5/17/11, Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden> wrote:

> From: Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> Subject: Typo correction: [RESOLVED: modifying (group ...) setting in 
> (gnus-add-configuration ...) function] [Was: Re: [status update on associated 
> STARTTLS bug] Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face header rendering bug in Gnus v5.13 on 
> GNU Emacs 23.3.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on Windows XP Professional, Service 
> Pack 3]
> To: "Glenn Morris" <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 11:05 AM
> The following solution description
> contained a typo:
> 
> > Apparently, upgrading to from GNU Emacs 23.2.1 to
> version
> > 23.3.1 has resolved the issue....
> 
> It should have read as follows:
> 
> > Apparently, upgrading from GNU Emacs 23.2.1 to
> version
> > 23.3.1 has resolved the issue....
> 
> -- Benjamin L. Russell
> 
> --- On Tue, 5/17/11, Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> 
> > From: Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> > Subject: [RESOLVED: modifying (group ...) setting in
> (gnus-add-configuration ...) function] [Was: Re: [status
> update on associated STARTTLS bug] Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face
> header rendering bug in Gnus v5.13 on GNU Emacs 23.3.1
> (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on Windows XP Professional, Service
> Pack 3]
> > To: "Glenn Morris" <address@hidden>
> > Cc: address@hidden
> > Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 11:01 AM
> > The previous issue in modifying the
> > (group ...) setting in the (gnus-add-configuration
> ...)
> > function in ~/.gnus.el (issue #3) has been resolved,
> as
> > follows:
> > 
> > > 3. How to modifying the (group ...) setting in
> the
> > > (gnus-add-configuration ...) function) in the
> > ~/.gnus.el
> > > configuration file so that the change takes
> effect
> > even if
> > > the maximum length of a group listed in the
> buffer
> > exceeds
> > > the specified group buffer layout width.
> > 
> > (Typo correction; the above issue description should
> have
> > read as follows:
> > 
> > > 3. How to modify the (group ...) setting in the
> > > (gnus-add-configuration ...) function in the
> > ~/.gnus.el
> > > configuration file so that the change takes
> effect
> > even if
> > > the maximum length of a group listed in the
> buffer
> > exceeds
> > > the specified group buffer layout width.)
> > 
> > Apparently, upgrading to from GNU Emacs 23.2.1 to
> version
> > 23.3.1 has resolved the issue; the group buffer layout
> width
> > specification using the (group ...) setting in the
> > (gnus-add-configuration ...) function in the
> ~/.gnus.el file
> > works correctly.  (I'm not sure what was causing the
> > problem earlier.)
> > 
> > This solution leaves only the following issue:
> > 
> > > 2. How to specify multiple NNTP servers in the
> > ~/.gnus.el
> > > configuration file?
> > 
> > I'll send an update if there is any progress on issue
> #2
> > above.  Again, please let me know if you have any
> > suggestions (or any solutions).
> > 
> > -- Benjamin L. Russell
> > 
> > --- On Tue, 5/17/11, Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> > wrote:
> > 
> > > From: Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> > > Subject: [status update on associated STARTTLS
> bug]
> > Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face header rendering bug in Gnus
> v5.13
> > on GNU Emacs 23.3.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on Windows
> XP
> > Professional, Service Pack 3
> > > To: "Glenn Morris" <address@hidden>
> > > Cc: address@hidden
> > > Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 10:38 AM
> > > The previous STARTTLS-related bug has
> > > been resolved, as follows:
> > > 
> > > > 1. [Possible Bug] In Gnus v5.13, for some
> > reason,
> > > just
> > > > after sending an NNTP post using C-c C-c,
> > occasionally
> > > (once
> > > > in every two to three attempts), Gnus
> freezes
> > when
> > > using
> > > > STARTTLS, just before requesting my SMTP
> > password,
> > > and
> > > > refuses to respond until I press C-g.  Here
> is
> > > the
> > > > corresponding transcript from my *Messages*
> > buffer:
> > > > 
> > > > [...]
> > > > 
> > > > My folder setup under c:\Emacs is as
> follows:
> > > > 
> > > > C:\emacs\.emacs.d
> > > > C:\emacs\Deprecated Versions
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.1
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.2
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3
> > > > 
> > > > My USER $HOME environmental variable points
> to
> > > C:\home,
> > > > where I have my .emacs and .gnus.el files,
> among
> > > others. 
> > > > 
> > > > The reason that source file
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.2/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> is
> > newer
> > > than
> > > > the byte-compiled file is that I manually
> edited
> > it
> > > to
> > > > follow the following directions by Uday
> Reddy on
> > > 2010-04-26
> > > > on "Question #108267 : Questions : VM" (see
> https://answers.launchpad.net/vm/+question/108267):
> > > > 
> > > > > 1. Added:
> > > > > (defcustom starttls-kill-program
> > > > "c:\\cygwin\\bin\\kill"
> > > > >   "External kill command to send
> > > > SIGALRM to starttls."
> > > > >   :group 'starttls)
> > > > > 
> > > > > 2. Replaced all three instances of:
> > > > > (signal-process (process-id process)
> > 'SIGALRM)
> > > > > with
> > > > > (call-process starttls-kill-program nil
> nil
> > nil
> > > > >           
> > >    
> > > >               
> > > 
> > > >     "-ALRM" (format "%d"
> > > (process-id process)))
> > > > 
> > > > Is this the correct procedure?
> > > 
> > > Apparently not.  When I moved the
> > C:\emacs\emacs-23.1
> > > and C:\emacs\emacs-23.2 subdirectories into the
> > > C:\emacs\Deprecated Versions subdirectory and
> reran
> > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3\bin\addpm.exe (effectively
> > restoring the
> > > original version of
> > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3\lisp\gnus\starttls.el), the
> > following
> > > error message disappeared:
> > > 
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.2/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> > newer
> > > than
> > > > byte-compiled file
> > > 
> > > As stated above, this error message no longer
> > appears.
> > > 
> > > Furthermore, Gnus invoked the STARTTLS protocol
> > correctly
> > > for three consecutive attempts.  Therefore,
> this
> > > particular problem has apparently been solved. 
> > > Accordingly, the
> > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.3/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> > > file should NOT be modified.
> > > 
> > > However, the other two issues described in my
> > previous
> > > message remain, as follows:
> > > 
> > > 2. How to specify multiple NNTP servers in the
> > ~/.gnus.el
> > > configuration file?
> > > 
> > > 3. How to modifying the (group ...) setting in
> the
> > > (gnus-add-configuration ...) function) in the
> > ~/.gnus.el
> > > configuration file so that the change takes
> effect
> > even if
> > > the maximum length of a group listed in the
> buffer
> > exceeds
> > > the specified group buffer layout width.
> > > 
> > > I'll send an update if there is any progress on
> > either
> > > issue #2 or issue #3 above.  Please let me know
> if
> > you
> > > have any suggestions (or solutions).
> > > 
> > > -- Benjamin L. Russell
> > > 
> > > --- On Tue, 5/17/11, Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> > > wrote:
> > > 
> > > > From: Benjamin L. Russell <address@hidden>
> > > > Subject: Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face header
> > rendering bug
> > > in Gnus v5.13 on GNU Emacs 23.3.1
> > (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on
> > > Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3
> > > > To: "Glenn Morris" <address@hidden>
> > > > Cc: address@hidden
> > > > Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 8:11 AM
> > > > > The Gnus manual says
> > > > > 
> > > > >    Viewing an [sic] `Face' header
> > requires
> > > > > an Emacs that is able to
> > > > >    display PNG images.
> > > > > 
> > > > > Can your Emacs display PNG images?
> > > > > If not, I imagine this is the same as
> > > > > 
> > > > > http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=8324
> > > > 
> > > > It cannot; however, when I following your
> link,
> > > downloaded
> > > > the libpng 1.4.3 package from "GTK+ -
> Download
> > for
> > > Windows"
> > > > (see http://www.gtk.org/download-windows.html), unzipped
> > > the
> > > > libpng_1.4.3-1_win32.zip archive, copied
> the
> > > > ..\libpng_1.4.3-1_win32\bin\libpng14-14.dll
> file
> > into
> > > both
> > > > the C:\WINDOWS\system32 and
> > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3\bin
> > > > directories, and restarted Emacs 23.3.1,
> Emacs
> > was
> > > able to
> > > > read PNG files correctly.
> > > > 
> > > > Subsequently reading a USENET message with
> a
> > Face
> > > header
> > > > via NNTP in Gnus then caused the Face header
> to
> > be
> > > rendered
> > > > correctly in the "From" line.
> > > > 
> > > > Bug solved!
> > > > 
> > > > Incidentally, I also have three other
> problems
> > with
> > > > Emacs-23.3.1 (one is a possible bug, and
> the
> > other two
> > > are
> > > > possible lack of features), as follows:
> > > > 
> > > > 1. [Possible Bug] In Gnus v5.13, for some
> > reason,
> > > just
> > > > after sending an NNTP post using C-c C-c,
> > occasionally
> > > (once
> > > > in every two to three attempts), Gnus
> freezes
> > when
> > > using
> > > > STARTTLS, just before requesting my SMTP
> > password,
> > > and
> > > > refuses to respond until I press C-g.  Here
> is
> > the
> > > > corresponding transcript from my *Messages*
> > buffer:
> > > > 
> > > > > Sending...
> > > > > You have lines longer than 79
> characters. 
> > > Really
> > > > post? (y or n) 
> > > > > Sending news via news20.forteinc.com
> using
> > > nntp...
> > > > > Sending via mail...
> > > > > Source file
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.2/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> > newer
> > > than
> > > > byte-compiled file
> > > > > Opening STARTTLS connection to
> > > > `plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com:587'...done
> > > > > Quit
> > > > 
> > > > For some reason, Emacs still references
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.2/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> (the
> > > version for
> > > > Emacs 23.2.1) instead of
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.3/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> (the
> > > version for
> > > > Emacs 23.3.1) (still unmodified), even
> though I
> > just
> > > ran
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3\bin\addpm.exe.
> > > > 
> > > > My folder setup under c:\Emacs is as
> follows:
> > > > 
> > > > C:\emacs\.emacs.d
> > > > C:\emacs\Deprecated Versions
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.1
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.2
> > > > C:\emacs\emacs-23.3
> > > > 
> > > > My USER $HOME environmental variable points
> to
> > > C:\home,
> > > > where I have my .emacs and .gnus.el files,
> among
> > > others. 
> > > > 
> > > > The reason that source file
> > > > `c:/emacs/emacs-23.2/lisp/gnus/starttls.el'
> is
> > newer
> > > than
> > > > the byte-compiled file is that I manually
> edited
> > it
> > > to
> > > > follow the following directions by Uday
> Reddy on
> > > 2010-04-26
> > > > on "Question #108267 : Questions : VM" (see
> https://answers.launchpad.net/vm/+question/108267):
> > > > 
> > > > > 1. Added:
> > > > > (defcustom starttls-kill-program
> > > > "c:\\cygwin\\bin\\kill"
> > > > >   "External kill command to send
> > > > SIGALRM to starttls."
> > > > >   :group 'starttls)
> > > > > 
> > > > > 2. Replaced all three instances of:
> > > > > (signal-process (process-id process)
> > 'SIGALRM)
> > > > > with
> > > > > (call-process starttls-kill-program nil
> nil
> > nil
> > > > >               
> > > >                
> > > >     "-ALRM" (format "%d" (process-id
> > process)))
> > > > 
> > > > Is this the correct procedure?
> > > > 
> > > > 2. [Possible Lack of a Feature] I wish to
> > specify
> > > multiple
> > > > NNTP servers in my .gnus.el file, but don't
> know
> > how
> > > to do
> > > > so.  The relevant portion from my
> ~/.gnus.el
> > file is
> > > as
> > > > follows:
> > > > 
> > > > > (setq gnus-select-method '(nntp
> > > > "news20.forteinc.com"))
> > > > 
> > > > > (add-to-list
> 'gnus-secondary-select-methods
> > > '(nntp
> > > > "news.gmane.org"))
> > > > 
> > > > > (add-to-list
> 'gnus-secondary-select-methods
> > > '(nntp
> > > > "news.gnus.org"))
> > > > 
> > > > The relevant portion from my ~/.authinfo
> file is
> > as
> > > > follows:
> > > > 
> > > > > machine news20.forteinc.com login
> > > <username>
> > > > password <password>
> > > > 
> > > > The <username> and <password>
> > portions
> > > have
> > > > been substituted with the appropriate
> > information
> > > > accordingly.
> > > > 
> > > > For some reason, the second invocation of
> > > (add-to-list
> > > > 'gnus-secondary-select-methods '(...)) seems
> to
> > be
> > > ignored.
> > > > 
> > > > Do you know how to specify a third NNTP
> server in
> > my
> > > > ~/.gnus.el file?
> > > > 
> > > > 3. [Possible Lack of a Feature] For some
> reason,
> > I am
> > > > unable to specify a width for the group
> buffer
> > that is
> > > less
> > > > than the width of the maximum-length group
> name
> > in
> > > Gnus when
> > > > displaying a customized view with groups in
> the
> > > upper-left
> > > > buffer, articles in the upper-right buffer,
> and
> > > article
> > > > bodies in the lower buffer in my ~/.gnus.el
> > file. 
> > > Here
> > > > is the relevant code:
> > > > 
> > > > > ;; The following section controls the
> > layout
> > > after
> > > > displaying the article buffer
> > > > > ; change the configuration of a single
> > buffer
> > > setting,
> > > > without using the complicated
> > > gnus-buffer-configuration
> > > > variable (see "Frequently Asked Questions:
> > Window
> > > Layout" at
> > > > http://gnus.org/manual/gnus_295.html)
> > > > > (gnus-add-configuration
> > > > >  ; configure the article buffer
> > > > >  '(article
> > > > >    ; split the screen in two
> vertically,
> > and
> > > > use the following settings for the upper
> half of
> > the
> > > window
> > > > >    (vertical 1.0
> > > > >          ; the
> > > > original number of rows for the group +
> summary
> > > buffers
> > > > together, copied from "Frequently Asked
> > Questions: FAQ
> > > 4 -
> > > > Reading messages" (http://www.gnus.org/manual/gnus_400.html#SEC473)
> > > > > ;     
> > > >    (horizontal 28
> > > > >          ; setting
> > > > of the number of rows for the group +
> summary
> > buffers
> > > > together, adapted for my borrowed laptop PC
> from
> > JIII
> > > > >      
> > > >    (horizontal 20
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; the original number of
> > > > columns for the group buffer width setting,
> > copied
> > > from
> > > > "Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ 4 -
> Reading
> > messages"
> > > (http://www.gnus.org/manual/gnus_400.html#SEC473)
> > > > > ;           
> > > >      (group 50)
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; setting of the number of
> > > > columns for the group buffer width setting
> to
> > match
> > > my
> > > > settings in Forte' Agent 5.0
> > > > > ;       
> > > >      (group 53)
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; setting of the number of
> > > > columns for the group buffer width setting
> to
> > display
> > > all
> > > > newsgroup names without truncation
> > > > > ;           
> > > >      (group 77)
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; setting of the number of
> > > > columns for the group buffer width setting
> to
> > > distinguish
> > > > all newsgroup names uniquely
> > > > >        
> > > >      (group 69)
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; let the summary buffer take
> > > > the remainder of the width of the rows, and
> > position
> > > the
> > > > point (cursor) therein
> > > > >        
> > > >          (summary
> > > > 1.0 point) )
> > > > >          ; let the
> > > > lower half take up the remainder of the
> > horizontal
> > > space,
> > > > and apply the following settings therein
> > > > >      
> > > >    (horizontal 1.0
> > > > >        
> > > >      ; let the article buffer take
> > > > up the entire space of the lower half of
> the
> > window
> > > > >        
> > > >          (article
> > > > 1.0)))))
> > > > 
> > > > In the above code, the modification from
> (group
> > 77)
> > > to
> > > > (group 69) had no effect.  Further reducing
> the
> > > setting
> > > > to (group 50) had no effect, either.  In a
> > previous
> > > > version of Emacs on Windows XP, Service Pack
> 3,
> > > installed in
> > > > circa November 2007, on which I had
> installed
> > Gnus in
> > > circa
> > > > May of 2009 (that computer has since been
> > reformatted,
> > > so I
> > > > do not have the version information
> available),
> > the
> > > settings
> > > > worked fine.  How can I make the (group
> ...)
> > setting
> > > > modification effective?
> > > > 
> > > > Solutions to the above problems in using
> Gnus
> > v5.13 on
> > > GNU
> > > > Emacs 23.3.1 would help enormously.
> > > > 
> > > > Thank you for your assistance!
> > > > 
> > > > Sincerely yours,
> > > > 
> > > > Benjamin L. Russell
> > > > 
> > > > --- On Tue, 5/17/11, Glenn Morris <address@hidden>
> > > > wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > > From: Glenn Morris <address@hidden>
> > > > > Subject: Re: bug#8674: 23.3; Face
> header
> > > rendering bug
> > > > in Gnus v5.13 on GNU Emacs 23.3.1
> > > (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) on
> > > > Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3
> > > > > To: "Benjamin L. Russell" <address@hidden>
> > > > > Cc: address@hidden
> > > > > Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 6:43 AM
> > > > > Benjamin L. Russell wrote:
> > > > > 
> > > > > > There is a bug in GNU Emacs
> 23.3.1
> > that
> > > prevents
> > > > > correct rendering of
> > > > > > Face headers in NNTP postings. 
> > > Specifically,
> > > > the
> > > > > following Emacs Lisp
> > > > > > code in my ~/.gnus.el file for
> > inserting a
> > > face
> > > > header
> > > > > in a USENET
> > > > > > posting works on GNU Emacs 23.2.1,
> but
> > not
> > > on
> > > > version
> > > > > 23.3.1, with Gnus
> > > > > > v5.13:
> > > > > 
> > > > > The Gnus manual says
> > > > > 
> > > > >    Viewing an [sic] `Face' header
> > requires
> > > > > an Emacs that is able to
> > > > >    display PNG images.
> > > > > 
> > > > > Can your Emacs display PNG images?
> > > > > If not, I imagine this is the same as
> > > > > 
> > > > > http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=8324
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>





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