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Re: Getting started reading mail stored in local maildir

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Getting started reading mail stored in local maildir
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 01:20:22 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.90 (gnu/linux)

Dan Davison <> writes:

> I want to try out gnus, but have got nowhere so far. I would greatly 
> appreciate instruction on how to read mail stored locally in maildirs.
> My email is downloaded by getmail, and stored by procmail into a variety 
> of maildirs stored under ~/email/. However in order to start playing with 
> gnus, I have created the directory ~/Maildir containing a single 
> maildir-format directory:
> ~> ls ~/Maildir/dan-mail/
> cur  new  tmp
> My ~/.gnus.el contains
> (setq gnus-select-method '(nnnil ""))
> (setq gnus-secondary-select-methods
>       '((nnmaildir "" (directory "/home/dan/Maildir/"))))
> When I start gnus I enter a (Group Plugged) buffer which is empty 
> with the message "No more unread newsgroups". When I hit "L" I see
>        0: nndraft:queue 
>        0: nndraft:drafts 
> When I hit "^" I enter a (Server Plugged) buffer containing
>  {nnfolder:archive} (closed)
>  RET on that line results in a message "Connecting to archive ... done", after
> which "L" displays
>      {nnfolder:archive} (opened)
> This isn't the first time I've lost a few hours trying to get started 
> with gnus, so I am giving up and sending this (admittedly pathetic) email.
> Thanks for any help!
> Dan

I used to use local Maildir so know it works. I cant remember what i did
though, but did you try here?

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