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Re: nnmaildir don't get new email with gnus-group-get-new-news

From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: Re: nnmaildir don't get new email with gnus-group-get-new-news
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 10:58:20 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

On Tue, 4 Nov 2008 08:43:02 -0800 (PST) Pedro Kröger <> 

PK> On Nov 4, 1:31 pm, Richard Riley <> wrote:
>> One (possibly unrelated) thing to be aware of is that Maildir
>> directories (at least for dovecot) need to start with a period "."

PK> that doesn't seem to be the case if offlineimap+gmail (it works fine)
PK> and it is not the case with gnus (it ignores directories starting with
PK> a period).

IIUC you expect $MAILDIR/inbox to work as a folder.

Folders are a Maildir++ extension, whose spec is here:

According to that spec, folder names must start with a period:

'Folders are created as subdirectories under the main Maildir. The name
of the subdirectory always starts with a period. For example, a folder
named "Important" will be a subdirectory called ".Important". You can't
have subdirectories that start with two periods.'

I don't know if there are extensions to this standard, but this is
pretty definitive so I don't think it's a Gnus bug.


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