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Re: Setting up gnus: read on local, store remote (but not on mailserver)

From: W. Greenhouse
Subject: Re: Setting up gnus: read on local, store remote (but not on mailserver)
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:06:40 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2 (gnu/linux) writes:

>> To answer your last question first: If only one Emacs machine will ever
>> be the client in this setup, and you are not using an external utility
>> like offlineimap or fetchmail directly on the mailbox, you could get
>> away with using nnml over TRAMP.  The advantage of nnmaildir is that,
>> unlike MH-style mailboxes like nnml, the maildir layout is designed to
>> be suitable for non-locking use, i.e. reading mail even as another 
>> program is putting stuff into the inbox.  Therefore it's an excellent
>> choice for a mailbox hosted on a central server for multiple clients to
>> use.
> OK, since it is indeed the case that only one emacs at a time will be
> client, I will stick with nnml.  At least this has the advantage that
> I can simply copy the old mail archive then.
> I guess that one drawback of the whole setup will be that
> regexp-searching mail articles will become much slower, right?  After
> all, emacs will have to fetch each message / file separately via ssh,
> check whether it matches...  Well, I'll see...

Yeah, for searches within the message body, anyway.  Header searches
like / a should be close to the same speed, because Gnus loads up the
news overview file for the mailbox when you enter the group.

> Many thanks for your help!
> Martin


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