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Re: To IMAP or not to IMAP

From: Jesse F. Hughes
Subject: Re: To IMAP or not to IMAP
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:13:14 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090017 (Oort Gnus v0.17) XEmacs/21.4 (Reasonable Discussion, linux)

Kai Grossjohann <> writes:

> (Jesse F. Hughes) writes:
>> Of course, since I'm using unison, I *could* try to simply keep my
>> nnml folders sync'ed too, but I just worry that this solution is too
>> prone to problems.  Screwing up a mail folder doesn't sound too fun.  
> It works.  Just use the Agent and do like this when on the road:
> * ssh to your desktop.  Invoke Gnus in plugged mode (with emacs -nw,
>   perhaps, for speed).  Fetch mail.  Switch Gnus to unplugged mode.
>   Exit Gnus.
> * Sync everything with the laptop.
> * Run Gnus in unplugged mode on laptop, do whatever you like.
> * Sync everything with the desktop again.
> * ssh to your desktop.  Invoke Gnus in plugged mode.  Send the queue.
> The above lets you work with NNTP groups, as well: just tell the
> Agent to fetch them.
> The main reason for using the Agent is that, in unplugged mode, it
> will queue outgoing mail.  The queue will be synced with everything
> else, so that it works to send the queued messages from the desktop.
> What do you need to sync?  In the default config, it's the files
> ~/.newsrc*, ~/.gnus-regist*, and the directories ~/News/ and ~/Mail/.
> I used this setup for a while, except that I was using rsync instead
> of unison for the syncing.

Well, that's an idea.  I suppose that all of the ssh'ing that you
describe could be replaced by cron jobs.  Still, the result sounds
more complicated than using an IMAP server (not that I've ever set up
one of those buggers).  

What are the advantages of this approach?  I have this vague
impression that nnml is more flexible and just plain nicer than
nnimap, but I'm not sure how or why.

Thanks much.

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