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Re: More gnewb questions

From: Adam Sjøgren
Subject: Re: More gnewb questions
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 15:59:50 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) XEmacs/21.4.22 (linux)

On Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:52:57 -0600, wrote:

> Reading nntp: 3500K   (<--counting)

> Reading active file from via nntp...  (waiting)

Maybe you want to change the value of the variable

,----[ C-h v gnus-read-active-file RET ]
| `gnus-read-active-file' is a variable declared in Lisp.
|   -- loaded from "gnus-start"
| Value: nil
| Documentation:
| *Non-nil means that Gnus will read the entire active file at startup.
| If this variable is nil, Gnus will only know about the groups in your
| `.newsrc' file.
| If this variable is `some', Gnus will try to only read the relevant
| parts of the active file from the server.  Not all servers support
| this, and it might be quite slow with other servers, but this should
| generally be faster than both the t and nil value.
| If you set this variable to nil or `some', you probably still want to
| be told about new newsgroups that arrive.  To do that, set
| `gnus-check-new-newsgroups' to `ask-server'.  This may not work
| properly with all servers.

As you can see above, I have configured mine to nil (in .gnus, like
  ; I find new groups myself:
  (setq gnus-read-active-file nil)

> ......then the groups come up and are listed.  WTF!?  slrn does it in
> 1/2 sec.

I guess Gnus works differently than slrn, then.

> I've tried reading the ~/newsrc (.el, .eld?) and can find no such
> file.

I've got:

  $ ls .newsrc*
  .newsrc  .newsrc.eld

> All I find is ~/.news-dribble, which isn't even mentioned in the emacs
> or gnus manuals.

Perhaps that is because that file is an internal one?

> One reason (other than the fact I despise vi!) I want to get better at
> emacs instead of remaining with jed is, I can copy and paste into
> emacs with better results.  With jed, specially with code, if I copy
> and paste into jed, the indentations (and sometimes no indentations)
> will always further indent to a stairstep, which has to be hand edited
> out.  This is maddening and unacceptable.  I don't have this problem
> with emacs.  That makes it all worth the effort.

Do note though, that you can use Emacs with slrn just as easily as you
can jed.

  Best regards,


 "Yeah, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to go ahead and give        Adam Sjøgren
  this a 9.7 on the "whatever" scale."         

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