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Re: how to get the system emails

From: Sharon Kimble
Subject: Re: how to get the system emails
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:10:55 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:

> Emanuel Berg <> writes:
>> Sharon Kimble wrote:
>>> How can I download the /var/mail/mail system
>>> mails into my gnu working please?
>> Interesting question!
>> I remember doing some stuff (?) with that once.
>> Now my /var/mail is empty tho. Hey, at least
>> I don't get those annoying messages in the VTs
>> about new mail...
>> If there is support for that there should be
>> a select method (see
>> `gnus-secondary-select-methods') but even if
>> there isn't, it can possibly be done using
>> respooling if nothing else...
> You can add the spool to the `mail-sources' variable, see the "Mail
> Source Specifiers" part of the Gnus manual.
> Eric

Thanks to both Eric and Emanuel I've got it working now.

This is what I did -

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq mail-sources '((file :path "/var/spool/mail/boudiccas")
                      (file :path "/var/spool/mail/mail")  
                       (pop :server "" :user "skimble" :password 
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

I added the middle line, and then just changed the permissions for the
system/root mails such that I could read and write to it. And now it
works perfectly, so thanks folks. That's been bugging me for months and
I'm glad that its finally sorted out :)

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