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Re: How many articles do you want to ...?

From: Francis Moreau
Subject: Re: How many articles do you want to ...?
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:49:55 -0700 (PDT)
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On Sep 6, 2:32 pm, Richard Riley <> wrote:
> Merciadri Luca <> writes:
> > Hello,
> > When fetching threads of a given Usenet group, Gnus *always* asks me
> > how many articles I want to fetch. I think that it is unuseful, as I
> > have some groups where I want to dowload (the last) 2000 threads, and, on
> > another thread, I want only the 5 (last) threads.
> > How can I manage to make Gnus keeping trace of how much threads I want
> > to fetch in a given Usenet group? If it is impossible to make this
> > number varying, depending upon the group, how can I configure Gnus so
> > it always fetch x threads without asking me how much?
> > If it is still impossible, how can I ask Gnus to use a default value
> > about the numbers of threads which need to be downloaded, whatever the
> > group?
> > Thanks.
> >
> You could start by looking up
>       gnus-large-newsgroup

Well, this is not exactly what the OP wants AFAIK.

Setting gnus-large-newsgroup to 2000 (for example) just means that if
the a news group has less than 2000 articles then gnus won't prompt
the user otherwise it will.

But the question is rather (as I understand it): is it possible to
make gnus _always_ fetch 2000 articles at most whatever the number of
article avalaible on the server side? That is if there're 100 articles
then fetch 100 articles, but if there're 4034 articles then just fetch
the 2000 last ones.

What I'm looking for is a way to teach gnus to always fetch a fixed
number of articles for a specific group without prompting. That could
be a dynamic value such as 10% of the total number of articles for
this group and if this value is more than a limit then just fetch this


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