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Re: Gnus does not see new mail in Maildirs

From: Alexis Praga
Subject: Re: Gnus does not see new mail in Maildirs
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:41:25 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Thanks for your explanations, it makes much more sense, especially for
the Sent folder.
By using the configuration below, I can finally have new mail in my mailbox by
hitting "/ N" inside the proper group (Inbox in my case).
Can this be done from the group list ?
When I hit "g", it's the same issue as before, that is, the mail is
moved somewhere else.

(setq gnus-select-method
      '(nnmaildir ""
                  (directory "~/Mail/")
                  (get-new-mail nil)))

; Sent mail
(setq gnus-message-archive-method gnus-select-method)
(setq gnus-message-archive-oroup "Sent")

On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 09:09:43PM +0000, William G. Gardella wrote:
> Alexis Praga <> writes:
> > Hi,
> >
> > When fetching new mails with 'g', Gnus does not see the new mail in my
> > inbox and I have to restart it in order to show them.
> > New mail arrive in ~/Mail/inbox/new and Gnus moves it automatically to
> > ~/Mail/inbox/cur.
> > Also, the 'inbox' group disappears when fetch new mail !
> > Here's my config :
> >
> > (setq
> >         gnus-select-method '(nnmaildir "" (directory "~/Mail/"))
> >         mail-sources '((maildir :path "~/Mail/inbox/" :subdirs ("cur"
> > "new")))
> > )
> >
> If your MTA is delivering mail directly to your maildir, you should not
> also be using the same Maildir as `mail-sources'.  This will cause Gnus
> to process the mail twice, with potentially inconsistent results.
> As noted in the Info documentation:
> > Do _not_ use the same maildir both in `mail-sources' and as an
> > `nnmaildir' group.  The results might happen to be useful, but that
> > would be by chance, not by design, and the results might be different
> > in the future.
> (info "(gnus) Maildir")
> If the MTA is delivering mail directly to the maildir at ~/Mail/, you
> only need the following:
> (setq gnus-select-method
>       '(nnmaildir ""
>                 (directory "~/Maildir/")
>                 (get-new-mail nil)))
> `mail-sources' should also be nil.  This variable is only useful when
> you want Gnus to "pull" the mail from some location, such as an mbox,
> pop server, or Maildir at a remote site or elsewhere on the system; it
> should not be used when the mail is "pushed" directly to the very same
> location where Gnus is storing it.
> > (setq gnus-message-archive-group "nnmaildir+inbox:Sent/cur")
> is also a bit odd.  You're telling it to use the nnmaildir server
> "inbox", which in your config doesn't exist, and you're also telling it
> to use a specific subdir inside the maildir, rather than the maildir
> itself.
> I would rewrite this part of your config as
> (setq gnus-message-archive-method gnus-select-method
>       gnus-message-archive-group "Sent")
> This is very close to the config I use myself and I love it, so I hope
> this advice helps.

Alexis Praga, PhD Student (CERFACS)
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