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[Orgmode] [OT] retrieving old messages [WAS] Re: [Babel] Handling of err

From: Dan Davison
Subject: [Orgmode] [OT] retrieving old messages [WAS] Re: [Babel] Handling of errors when using Ledger
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 21:00:56 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Bernt Hansen <address@hidden> writes:

> Dan <address@hidden> writes:
>> Incidentally, can any gnus users tell me -- is there a non-painful way of
>> retrieving an old message from nntp in order to create a reply in the correct
>> thread? Or do you hack the headers to make it appear in the right thread? I'm
>> using the gmane web interface to send this.
> I read the list through gnus and gmane.  When I'm in the summary buffer
> for the org-mode list I can retrieve old messages with
>    / O 500 RET
> to get the last 500 messages from the list.

Thanks Bernt and Seb, but that was the route I was referring to when I
said "painful" :) The list volume is quite high, and retrieving
thousands of messages takes a while. And of course you go for 1500 and
it turns out to be message 1728...

It seems a rather primitive practice, can we really not do better? Is it
not possible to use a unique identifier to pull down a specific message?
(I was not reading usenet or whatever it was called in the 1980s; I
don't really know anything about these technologies.)


> Then you can limit the displayed messages by some filter (say subject) with
>   / / <filter text> RET
> On a message ^ will retrieve the previous message in the thread and you
> can do that repeatedly to get the entire thread displayed.
> Then I just reply normally to a specific message with
>   S W
> and It Just Works(tm)
> HTH,
> Bernt
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