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Re: .agentview and .overview

From: Cecil Westerhof
Subject: Re: .agentview and .overview
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 16:54:35 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.3 (gnu/linux)

Tassilo Horn <> writes:

>>> The agent is sort of a cache, so that you have to download articles
>>> only once.  In general, you always want that for newsgroups.  But for
>>> mail groups, it's a different story.  When you delete a message
>>> (possibly with another mail client, e.g. the web interface of your
>>> mail provider), the agent doesn't recognize that and you end up with
>>> strange results like duplicate messages and stuff like you mentioned.
>> Okay, that makes everything clear. I would prefer to work with agent
>> then. Because that is faster and also handy when I get offline. But as
>> long as I do not everything with GNUS I'll keep it disabled.  On the
>> other hand: why can GNUS not clean it up?
> Well, Gnus was initially a newsreader, and there articles don't
> disappear magically.  So my suggestion for good performance with mails:
> Install a local IMAP server (e.g. Dovecot) that you access with Gnus,
> and synch that with your remote accounts using OfflineIMAP.  I do that
> for years, and it works just perfectly.

I already work with a local IMAPS server, but when travelling that will
offcourse not be the case.

Bye the way a bigger problem is expire. Sometimes I have to wait half a
minute to a minute going to another folder. Maybe it would be better to
do the expiring not always? Say at most once a day.

Cecil Westerhof
Senior Software Engineer

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