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installation validation

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: installation validation
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:59:55 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.92 (gnu/linux)

A local Gnus user that i support did something "mysterious"
and now some of the nnml groups seem to be (i'm not sure)
agentized, or at least relocated from dir


to dir


Another (possibly unrelated) result is that attempts to retrieve
mail (using ‘g’) from one of the IMAP sources now consistently
shows "Mail source (DETAILS) error (IMAP error: Internal error
occurred. Error report written to server log [TIMESTAMP])".  Hmm...

I'd like to restore previous known-good state if possible.
How can i validate (for self-consistency and well-formedness)
the structure of the Mail and News subdirs?

I imagine, say, ‘M-x validate-gnus-installation RET’ to either
display a message "Everything OK" or pop up a buffer w/ some
diagnostic info that might help to track down the "mysterious"
goings on.

Dare i hope for such a beast to exist?

Presuming the answer is "no, until Someone writes it", the
next questions are:
- How would i go about diagnosing the current situation?
- What would be the best way to repair the Mail and News
  dirs and restore mail-retrieval functionality?

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