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Re: beginner splitting mail

From: Steven Arntson
Subject: Re: beginner splitting mail
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:11:16 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Emanuel Berg <> writes:

> Steven Arntson <> writes:
>> Is there a way to refile or reprocess those old
>> emails so they fall under the new heading?

> (defun respool-mail ()
>   (interactive)
>   (save-excursion
>     (let ((lines (count-lines (point-min) (point-max))))
>       (goto-char (point-min))
>       (gnus-summary-respool-article
>        lines
>        (gnus-find-method-for-group "nnml:mail.misc") ))))

Thanks for this! When I've worked out the below, I will run it.

>> It seems like my .gnus file is presently telling the
>> system to use two similarly-purposed backends ... how
>> do I manage get myself into these situations?! :) Do
>> you have any opinion about nnml vs. nnmbox for
>> someone accessing gnus locally as the sole user of a
>> reasonably modern PC?
> I'm a practical guy so at the moment it works I stop
> thinking about it, so I can't tell you. nnml works for
> me because I like the mails 1) on my disk, and 2) in
> separate files. The reason is I would like to be able
> to use Emacs and the shell tools on my mails and
> sentmails, directly, as files. For example if I
> remember some guy but only his first name, I can grep
> for that, and so on. But if you are curious, read the
> URL I posted, it has sections both for nnml and nnmbox.

I didn't go with nnml originally because of this quote from the gnus
manual under "mail spool": "The nnml spool mail format isn't compatible
with any other known format. It should be used with some caution."
Scared me off instantly! But now that there are 2 votes for it, I may
try anyway, especially as it's already in my .gnus (turns out I do have
both, but the init has decided to favor mbox). I do want to
be able to effectively search old mails.

Thank you!
steven arntson

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