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getting mail from spool broken?

From: Gijs Hillenius
Subject: getting mail from spool broken?
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008 18:18:30 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)


This might be something for an all-emacs news group, not sure. Apologies
if I am in the wrong group...

I'm using Gnus v5.13, and an hour or so ago upgraded to a very recent
emacs from cvs. ( )

This upgrade seems to have broken gnus getting mail from the local 

If I start gnus, I get

Mail source (file) error (stringp).  Continue? (yes or no
if yes, I get the usual gnus, but there is not mail fetched from the
spool. Hittin [1-5]g (1g, 2g etcetera) gives the same error. 

switching on debuging and [1-5]g gives:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument stringp (or (getenv
  "MAIL") (expand-file-name (user-login-name) rmail-spool-directory)))
  file-truename((or (getenv "MAIL") (expand-file-name (user-login-name)

and some more lines

What to do?

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