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Re: Setting up a nnmbox server

From: Alberto Luaces
Subject: Re: Setting up a nnmbox server
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:04:42 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Harry Putnam writes:

> Alberto Luaces <> writes:
>> Thank you, Harry. It seems I got confused with the name
>> "nnmbox". Following your instructions (G-f) and creating a nndoc server
>> that point to my system mail (/var/mail/${USER}) works fine. In
>> addition, I restarted gnus and the group was still there, so maybe this
>> is enough for me.
> It wasn't clear in your original post the the mbox file you were after
> was actually your system mail box.  In that case, most of us who read
> our mail regularly with gnus would have gnus slurp that mail regularly
> and present it with gnus, in what ever backend we prefer... 

My fault. I was not aware that system mail followed that convention of
the users emptying their mailboxes when reading them.

> Getting gnus to slurp your system mail box requires something like
> this:
> (setq mail-sources
>            '((file :path "/var/spool/mail/reader")))
> But once gnus slurps it, the system mailbox is then empty... not like
> using G-f (nndoc).  And the messages are stored under ~/News in format
> of your choosing.
> You'll need to study gnus manual a bit more to understand how to make
> gnus present you mail in a way you like.
> I've used the nnml backend for yrs... others prefer nnmaildir, or etc.
> There are several more to choose from, but nnml is one of the most
> versatile.  Any of them can be found in the gnus manual.

Thanks again! Indeed, the manual is so comprehensive that I find new
things every time I read it with a new pointer.


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