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Re: Problems with Gnus (IMAP) in Pretest Emacs 21.2.95.

From: Lute Kamstra
Subject: Re: Problems with Gnus (IMAP) in Pretest Emacs 21.2.95.
Date: 05 Feb 2003 15:48:32 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2.95

Lute Kamstra <address@hidden> writes:

> I compiled Emacs 21.2.95 without problems.  
> However, I do experience a problem with Gnus (included in the
> pretest).  When if fire up gnus with M-x gnus, I get the following
> message:
> Mail source error ((wrong-type-argument stringp nil)).  Continue? (yes or no)
> I do not get this message with (non pretest) Emacs 21.2.
> The relevant section in my .gnus is:
>   (setq mail-sources '((imap :server "imap.cwi.nl" 
>                              :port 993 
>                              :user "lute" 
>                              :stream ssl 
>                              :authentication login 
>                              :mailbox "INBOX" 
>                              :predicate nil ; Get all mail in "INBOX".
>                              :fetchflag "\\Deleted"
>                              :dontexpunge nil
>                              )))
> I'll try to characterize the problem better in the next couple of
> days.

I found out why the behavior of non pretest Emacs 21.2 differed from
pretest Emacs 21.2.95.  The non pretest had W3 (4.0pre.47) installed.
Apparently Gnus needs the ssl library that is provided by W3 in order
to communicate with the IMAP server when using the SSL protocol.  I
copied ssl.el (from W3) to a directory in the load-path of Emacs
21.2.95 and now Gnus works fine.

Is Gnus supposed to depend on W3 for its SSL capabilities?  I did not
find anything on this in the Gnus manual.  Did I miss something?


  Lute Kamstra.

Lute Kamstra  <address@hidden>
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