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Re: beginner splitting mail

From: Steven Arntson
Subject: Re: beginner splitting mail
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:27:37 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux) (Adam Sjøgren) writes:

> Steven Arntson <> writes:
>> 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!
> If you want other programs than Gnus to handle your emails on disk, you
> should not choose nnml, because Gnus assumes that it "owns" everything
> in that case.
> If that is fine with you, then I think nnml should be the default choice.
> (The alternative, if that isn't fine with you, is probably nnmaildir,
> which - as far as I understand - assumes that the files are shared
> between multiple programs.)
>   Best regards,
>     Adam

My original trepidation had to do with the number of email programs I've
used in my life, and a suspicion that perhaps, one day, I may even move
on from the excellent gnus (inconceivable to me now, but the future is
unknowable!). However, I agree that the danger isn't so bad, since the
files are all plain text.

I've turned off mbox, and nnmail has kicked in without a hiccup. Later
this week when I have a moment, I'll try respooling my old mails.

All in all, this has been extremely informative and encouraging.


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